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    Francis Bacon in Your Blood

    Michael Peppiatt
    Michael Peppiatt met Francis Bacon in June 1963 when Bacon invited him to lunch, and over oysters and Chablis they began a friendship and a no-holds-barred conversation that would continue until Bacon's death thirty years later.

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    The Planet Remade

    Oliver Morton
    This book explores the history, politics, and cutting-edge science of geoengineering, weighing both the promise and perils of these controversial strategies and putting them in the broadest possible context.
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    Sugar

    Ben Richardson
    There is more sugar in the world's diet than ever before, but life is far from sweet for the exploited producers making nature's 'white gold' and the unhealthy consumers eating it. Ben Richardson examines why the billion-dollar sugar trade has created such inequities and argues that the answer to this question can be found in the dynamics of global capitalism.
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    Lacan on Love

    Bruce Fink
    Can psychoanalysis – with ample assistance from philosophers, poets, novelists, and songwriters – give us a new perspective on the wellsprings and course of love? This first-ever commentary on Lacan’s Seminar VIII, Transference, provides readers with a clear and systematic introduction to Lacan’s views on love.
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    Surveillance After Snowden

    David Lyon
    Surveillance expert David Lyon guides the reader through Snowden’s ongoing disclosures: the technological shifts involved, the steady rise of invisible monitoring of innocent citizens, the collusion of government agencies and for-profit companies and the implications for how we conceive of privacy in a democratic society infused by the lure of big data.
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    Islamic State

    Michael Griffin
    The story of the uprising against President Assad of Syria and his regime's varied responses; the human cost; the role played by Free Syrian Army, Islamist groups, Iran, Hezbollah and Russia; the chemical weapons attacks in 2013; and the House of Commons vote not to impose a no-fly zone over the country.
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    Cosmosapiens

    John Hands
    Specialist scientific fields are developing at incredibly swift speeds, but what can they really tell us about how the universe began and how we humans evolved to play such a dominant role on Earth? John Hands's extraordinarily ambitious quest is to bring together this scientific knowledge and evaluate without bias or preconception all the theories and evidence about the origin and evolution of matter, life, consciousness, and humankind. This astonishing book provides the most comprehensive account yet of current ideas such as cosmic inflation, dark energy, the selfish gene, and neurogenetic determinism. In the clearest possible prose it differentiates the firmly established from the speculative and examines the claims of various fields such as string theory to approach a unified theory of everything. In doing so it challenges the orthodox consensus in those branches of cosmology, biology, and neuroscience that have ossified into dogma. Its striking analysis reveals underlying patterns of cooperation, complexification, and convergence that lead to the unique emergence in humans of a self-reflective consciousness that enables us to determine our future evolution. This groundbreaking book is destined to become a classic of scientific thinking. - See more at: http://ducknet.co.uk/books/all/Cosmosapiens#sthash.YTodmeZ0.dpuf
    Specialist scientific fields are developing at incredibly swift speeds, but what can they really tell us about how the universe began and how we humans evolved to play such a dominant role on Earth? John Hands's extraordinarily ambitious quest is to bring together this scientific knowledge and evaluate without bias or preconception all the theories and evidence about the origin and evolution of matter, life, consciousness, and humankind. This astonishing book provides the most comprehensive account yet of current ideas such as cosmic inflation, dark energy, the selfish gene, and neurogenetic determinism. In the clearest possible prose it differentiates the firmly established from the speculative and examines the claims of various fields such as string theory to approach a unified theory of everything. In doing so it challenges the orthodox consensus in those branches of cosmology, biology, and neuroscience that have ossified into dogma. Its striking analysis reveals underlying patterns of cooperation, complexification, and convergence that lead to the unique emergence in humans of a self-reflective consciousness that enables us to determine our future evolution. This groundbreaking book is destined to become a classic of scientific thinking. - See more at: http://ducknet.co.uk/books/all/Cosmosapiens#sthash.YTodmeZ0.dpuf
    John Hands brings together scientific knowledge to evaluate without bias or preconception all the theories and evidence about the origin and evolution of matter, life, consciousness, and humankind. A comprehensive account of current ideas such as cosmic inflation, dark energy, the selfish gene, and neurogenetic determinism.
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    Alive, Alive-Oh!

    Diana Athill
    Several years ago, Diana Athill accepted that she could no longer live entirely independently, and moved to a retirement home in Highgate. From this vantage point, she reflects on what it feels like to be very old, and on the moments in her long life that have risen to the surface and which sustain her in these last years.
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    1606

    James Shapiro

    A portrait of an extraordinary year in Shakespeare's life, the year of King Lear, Macbeth and Antony and Cleopatra; and for England, a year of plague and the Gunpowder Plot.

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    Special Deluxe

    Neil Young
    Neil Young's new memoir is a work of reminiscences told through the lens of one of his deepest passions: cars. A lifelong devotee and collector, Young explores his love for the well-crafted vintage automobile and examines his newfound awareness of his hobby’s negative environmental impact.
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    The Road to Little Dribbling

    Bill Bryson
    Twenty years ago, Bill Bryson went on a trip around Britain to celebrate the island that had become his adopted country writing a book called Notes from a Small Island. Now Bryson makes a brand-new journey around Britain to see what has changed.
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    Hallelujah

    Jonathan Bardon
    Brings to life a panoramic view of the Dublin city and its characters when Handel, one of the world’s greatest composers, arrives in Dublin in 1741  to prepare his masterpiece, Messiah, for its maiden performance the following spring.
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    Who is Charlie?

    Emmanuel Todd
    Emmanuel Todd investigates the cartography and sociology of the three to four million who marched in Paris and across France To demonstrate their revulsion in the wake of the attack on the offices of Charlie Hebdo in Paris on 7 January 2015, asking who were the millions of demonstrators who were suddenly united under the single cry of ‘Je suis Charlie’.
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    The Ocean, the Bird, and the Scholar

    Helen Vendler
    Helen Vendler, foremost commentator on poetry, examines the work of a broad range of nineteenth- and twentieth-century English, Irish, and American poets in a collection of essays spanning 35 years.
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    Notes on the Death of Culture

    Mario Vargas Llosa

    Mario Vargas Llosa’s examination and indictment of the transformation of culture from a kind of vital consciousness that constantly rejuvenated and revivified everyday reality to the mechanism of distraction and entertainment it is today.

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    The Economics of Inequality

    Thomas Piketty

    Thomas Piketty—whose Capital in the Twenty-First Century pushed inequality to the forefront of public debate—wrote this book as an introduction to the conceptual and factual background necessary for interpreting changes in economic inequality over time. Appearing in English for the first time, translated by Arthur Goldhammer.


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    The Sociologist and the Historian

    Pierre Bourdieu and Roger Chartier
    In 1988, the renowned sociologist Pierre Bourdieu and the leading historian Roger Chartier met for a series of lively discussions that were broadcast on French public radio. Published here for the first time, these conversations are an accessible and engaging introduction to the work of these two great thinkers, who discuss their work and explore the similarities and differences between their disciplines with the clarity and frankness of the spoken word.
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    Not in God’s Name

    Jonathan Sacks
    Jonathan Sacks' work of biblical analysis and interpretation showing that religiously inspired violence has as its source misreadings of the texts of the Bible that have influenced all three of the Abrahamic faiths.
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    The Art of Invective: Selected Non-Fiction 1953–1994

    Dennis Potter (with Ian Greaves, John Williams, David Rolinson)
    Dennis Potter (1935-94) was Britain’s leading television dramatist for almost thirty years and this book includes his merciless television columns, penetrating literary criticism and angry writings on class and politics, as well as his sketches for Sixties satire shows.
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    On the Move

    Oliver Sacks
    The autobiography of Oliver Sacks, prolific writer and Professor of Neurology, writing about his love affairs, both romantic and intellectual, his guilt over leaving his family to come to America, his bond with his schizophrenic brother, and the writers and scientists - Thom Gunn, A. R. Luria, W. H. Auden, Gerald M. Edelman, Francis Crick - who influenced him.
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