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  • To Throw Away Unopened

    To Throw Away Unopened

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    Viv Albertine
    9780571326228
    Paperback
    304
    What was I fighting for? Even now I’m not sure. Something so old and so deep, it has no words, no shape, no logic.Viv Albertine has always been obsessed with the truth: the truth about family, power, and her identity as a rebel and outsider. But at what cost? In this brutally honest memoir she relentlessly exposes human dysfunctionality: the impossibility of intimacy, and the damage wrought upon us by secrets and revelations, siblings and parents. Written with Albertine’s unique vulnerability and intelligence, To Throw Away Unopened is a startling self-portrait and a testament to rebuilding oneself and facing the world again.
  • The Happy Brain

    The Happy Brain

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    Dean Burnett
    9781783351305
    Paperback
    352
    'Funny, wise and absolutely fascinating.' Adam Kay, author of This Is Going to HurtDo you want to be happy? If so – read on. This book has all the answers*In The Happy Brain, neuroscientist Dean Burnett delves deep into the inner workings of our minds to explore some fundamental questions about happiness. What does it actually mean to be happy? Where does it come from? And what, really, is the point of it? Forget searching for the secret of happiness through lifestyle fads or cod philosophy — Burnett reveals the often surprising truth behind what make us tick. From whether happiness really begins at home (spoiler alert: yes – sort of) to what love, sex, friendship, wealth, laughter and success actually do to our brains, this book offers a uniquely entertaining insight into what it means to be human.*Not really. Sorry. But it does have some very interesting questions, and at least the occasional answer.
  • Leila

    Leila

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    Prayaag Akbar
    9780571341320
    Paperback
    272
    Shalini will never forget her daughter Leila’s third birthday party: it was the last time she saw her alive. Sixteen years have passed and Shalini’s life is unrecognizable. Her husband gone: beaten and dragged from their home the night Leila disappeared. Shalini, once privileged, is now disgraced. She trawls the streets desperate to discover where Leila now lives – if she lives at all. In this repressive state, where tradition and purity are valued above all, those outside the city walls – forced to live in filth and oppressive heat – are less than nothing. But can Shalini find a way back in? Will she see Leila again?
  • Kudos

    Kudos

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    Rachel Cusk
    9780571346721
    Paperback
    240
    ‘A landmark in twenty-first-century English literature.’ Andrew Anthony, Observer‘Kudos is one of the most astoundingly original and necessary books I’ve ever read. It made me laugh, think and cry . . . I envy anyone who hasn’t read it yet.’ Julie Myerson, GuardianA woman on a plane listens to the stranger in the seat next to hers telling her the story of his life: his work, his marriage, and the harrowing night he has just spent burying the family dog. That woman is Faye, who is on her way to Europe to promote the book she has just published. Once she reaches her destination, the conversations she has with the people she meets – about art, about family, about politics, about love, about sorrow and joy, about justice and injustice – include the most far-reaching questions human beings ask. These conversations, the last of them on the phone with her son, rise dramatically and majestically to a beautiful conclusion. Following the novels Outline and Transit, Kudos completes Rachel Cusk’s trilogy with overwhelming power.

Award-winning books

  • Three Poems

    Three Poems

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    Hannah Sullivan
    9780571337675
    Paperback
    80
    WINNER OF THE 2018 T S ELIOT PRIZE FOR POETRYHannah Sullivan’s debut collection is a revelation – three long poems of fresh ambition, intensity and substance. Though each poem stands apart, their inventive and looping encounters make for a compelling unity. ‘You, Very Young in New York’ captures a great American city, in all its alluring detail. It is a wry and tender study of romantic possibility, disappointment, and the obduracy of innocence. ‘Repeat until Time' begins with a move to California and unfolds into an essay on repetition and returning home, at once personal and philosophical. ‘The Sandpit after Rain’ explores the birth of a child and the loss of a father with exacting clarity. In Three Poems, readers will experience Sullivan's work with the same exhilaration as they might the great modernising poems of Eliot and Pound, but with the unique perspective of a brilliant new female voice.
  • Normal People

    Normal People

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    Sally Rooney
    9780571334643
    Paperback
    288
    THE NUMBER ONE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLERWINNER OF THE COSTA NOVEL AWARD 2018WINNER OF THE SPECSAVERS NATIONAL BOOKS AWARD 2018 (International Author)LONGLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2018LONGLISTED FOR THE WOMEN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION 2019'The best novel published this year.' The TimesConnell and Marianne grow up in the same small town in rural Ireland. The similarities end there; they are from very different worlds. When they both earn places at Trinity College in Dublin, a connection that has grown between them lasts long into the following years.This is an exquisite love story about how a person can change another person’s life – a simple yet profound realisation that unfolds beautifully over the course of the novel. It tells us how difficult it is to talk about how we feel and it tells us – blazingly – about cycles of domination, legitimacy and privilege. Alternating menace with overwhelming tenderness, Sally Rooney’s second novel breathes fiction with new life.
  • Milkman

    Milkman

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    Anna Burns
    9780571338757
    Paperback
    368
    WINNER OF THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2018'Milkman is extraordinary. I've been reading passages aloud for the pleasure of hearing it. It's frightening, hilarious, wily and joyous all at the same time.' - Lisa McInerney, author of The Glorious Heresies In this unnamed city, to be interesting is dangerous. Middle sister, our protagonist, is busy attempting to keep her mother from discovering her maybe-boyfriend and to keep everyone in the dark about her encounter with Milkman. But when first brother-in-law sniffs out her struggle, and rumours start to swell, middle sister becomes ‘interesting’. The last thing she ever wanted to be. To be interesting is to be noticed and to be noticed is dangerous…Milkman is a tale of gossip and hearsay, silence and deliberate deafness. It is the story of inaction with enormous consequences.

Quite Interesting Facts

  • 1,339 QI Facts To Make Your Jaw Drop

    1,339 QI Facts To Make Your Jaw Drop

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    John Lloyd, John Mitchinson, James Harkin
    9780571308958
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    368
    Following the sensational success of 1,227 QI Facts to Blow Your Socks Off, the QI team returns with a fresh stack of facts to astonish and enlighten.Pigs suffer from anorexia. Wagner always wore pink silk underwear. Rugby School's first official rugby kit in 1871 included a bow tie. Lord Kitchener had four spaniels called Shot, Bang, Miss and Damn. It is impossible to whistle in a spacesuit. J. K Rowling has no middle name. The first computer mouse was made of wood.If there are any facts you don't believe, or if you want to know more about them, all the sources can be found on QI's website.
  • 1,227 QI Facts To Blow Your Socks Off

    1,227 QI Facts To Blow Your Socks Off

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    John Lloyd, John Mitchinson, James Harkin
    Out Of Stock
    9780571297931
    Paperback
    336
    Did you know that: cows moo in regional accents; the entire internet weighs less than a grain of sand; the dialling code from Britain to Russia is 007; potatoes have more chromosomes than human beings; the London Underground has made more money from its famous map than it has from running trains; Tintin is called Tantan in Japanese because TinTin is pronounced 'Chin chin' and means penis; the water in the mouth of a blue whale weighs more than its body; Scotland has twice as many pandas as Conservative MPs; Saddam's bunker was designed by the grandson of the woman who built Hitler's bunker; Under the Wildlife and Countryside Act of 1981, it is explicitly illegal in Britain to use a machinegun to kill a hedgehog. 1,227 QI Facts To Blow Your Socks Off will make you look at the universe (and your socks) in an alarming new way.
  • 1,234 QI Facts to Leave You Speechless

    1,234 QI Facts to Leave You Speechless

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    John Lloyd, John Mitchinson, James Harkin
    Out Of Stock
    9780571329830
    Paperback
    352
    The QI team have blown your socks off, made your jaw drop and knocked you sideways. Now they return with 1,234 brand-new mind-blowing facts that will leave you speechless.- Flowers get suntans.- Denmark imports prisoners.- Bees can fly higher than Mount Everest.- The Republic of Ireland first got postcodes in 2015.- Martin Luther King Jr got a C+ in Public Speaking.- No one in the UK dies of 'natural causes'.- Penguins can't taste fish.
  • 2,024 QI Facts To Stop You In Your Tracks

    2,024 QI Facts To Stop You In Your Tracks

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    John Lloyd, James Harkin, Anne Miller
    9780571348961
    Paperback
    576
    The Sunday Times Top 10 BestsellerQI is the smartest comedy show on British television. Here creator John Lloyd and QI elves James Harkin and Anne Miller bring together 2,024 brain-tickling brand new facts to stop you in your tracks...Humans glow in the dark.The Pope drives a blue Ford Focus.One of the moons of Uranus is called Margaret.Scottish football referees are sponsored by Specsavers.Dogs visiting US National Parks can be certified as Bark Rangers.The world’s smallest computer is smaller than a grain of sand.Candyfloss was invented by a dentist.Nobody knows who named the Earth.