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A Life on Our Planet

“I’ve had an extraordinary life. It’s only now that I appreciate how extraordinary.” As a young man, I felt I was out there in the wild, experiencing the untouched natural world - but it was an illusion. The tragedy of our time has been happening all around us, barely noticeable from day to day - the loss of our planet's wild places, its biodiversity. I have been witness to this decli...

June 8th 2022

Women and Power: A manifesto updated

Acclaimed classicist Mary Beard presents a revolutionary manifesto for our time, exploring women in power from Medusa to Merkel and presenting a new feminist roadmap. Hard-hitting, unapologetic and wise. Beard explores the cultural underpinnings of misogyny, considering the public voice of women, our cultural assumptions about women's relationship with power, and how powerful women ...

March 2nd 2022

Mr. Loverman

Barrington Jedidiah Walker is seventy-four and leads a double life. Born and bred in Antigua, he's lived in Hackney since the sixties. A flamboyant, wise-cracking local character with a dapper taste in retro suits and a fondness for quoting Shakespeare, Barrington is a husband, father and grandfather - but he is also secretly homosexual, lovers with his great childhood friend, Morris. His...

February 2nd 2022

Too many reasons to live

“I'm not giving in until my last breath.” Rob Burrow Rugby League legend Rob Burrow's memoir will be one of the most inspirational books you'll ever read. It will move you to tears and make you laugh. It will make you angry at the unfairness and cruelty of life. It will make you marvel at the fortitude and limits of the human spirit. And, like all the best books, perhaps it will make y...

November 8th 2021

From blind man to ironman

This is a personal journey which will inspire and motivate people of all ages and backgrounds. It is about overcoming blindness, refusing to give up, discovering a new love of dogs through his beautiful guide dogs, picking up a dead bird on a tandem ride and setting the world record for the fastest Blind Ironman. Haseeb Ahmad started to lose his sight at 10 years old. He knew his eyesight...

November 8th 2021

You’re not listening

“To listen well is to figure out what’s on someone’s mind and demonstrate that you care enough to want to know. It’s what we all crave; to be understood as a person with thoughts, emotions, and intentions that are unique and valuable and deserving of attention." Now more than ever, we need to listen to those around us. New York Times contributor Kate Murphy draws...

August 1st 2021

Quality Improvement

July 14th 2021

The Thursday murder club

"The sun is up, the skies are blue, and murder is in the air” In a peaceful retirement village, four unlikely friends meet up once a week to investigate unsolved murders. But when a brutal killing takes place on their very doorstep, the Thursday Murder Club find themselves in the middle of their first live case. Elizabeth, Joyce, Ibrahim and Ron might be pushing eighty but they still ...

July 6th 2021

Breaking The Silence

Jo Milne had already lived a lifetime surrounded by silence, profoundly deaf from birth, when she began to lose her sight. Just before turning thirty, Jo was diagnosed with Usher Syndrome, a rare genetic and progressive condition that will one day rob her of her sight altogether. Although at this lowest ebb, Jo suffered from deep depression, she has always been determined to live her life to the...

May 27th 2021

Becoming

“If you don’t get out there and define yourself, you’ll be quickly and inaccurately defined by others.” In her memoir, Michelle Obama invites readers into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her—from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work, to her time spent at the world’s most famo...

April 12th 2021