May 2024 nonfiction catalogue

 

 

Rubik’s Cube Pocket Puzzles
Ready for mind-bending challenges? Test your skills with 70+ puzzles and brainteasers inspired by the infamous Rubik’s Cube. From sudoku and word searches to mazes and 3D Rubik’s Cube nets, Pocket Puzzles is packed with logic games and problems to solve – perfect for the Rubik’s Cube fan. The Rubik’s Cube is the world’s best-known puzzle, a magical object that has baffled and fascinated the world for more than 40 years. These Rubik’s Cube inspired puzzles will exercise young minds and keep kids entertained. Can you solve them?
Puzzles | PBK | $14.99

Nuts and Bolts: How Tiny Inventions Make Our World Work
Agrawal, Roma
An ambitious but accessible book exploring how seven simple engineering inventions from the pump to the spring have shaped our world, by the engineer who designed the Shard. Smartphones, skyscrapers, spacecraft. Modern technology seems mind-bogglingly complex. But beneath the surface, it can be beautifully simple. In Nuts and Bolts, award-winning Shard engineer and broadcaster Roma Agrawal deconstructs our most complex feats of engineering into seven fundamental inventions: the nail, spring, wheel, lens, magnet, string and pump. Each of these objects is itself a wonder of design, the result of many iterations and refinements. Together, they have enabled humanity to see the invisible, build the spectacular, communicate across vast distances, and even escape our planet. Tracing the surprising journeys of each invention through the millennia, Roma reveals how handmade Roman nails led to modern skyscrapers, how the potter’s wheel enabled space exploration, and how humble lenses helped her conceive a child against the odds. She invites us to marvel at these small but perfectly formed inventions, sharing the stories of the remarkable, and often unknown, scientists and engineers who made them possible. The nuts and bolts that make up our world may be tiny, and are often hidden, but they’ve changed our lives in dramatic ways.
Science | PBK | $24.99

Biology: 100 Ideas in 100 Words (Science Museum – a Whistle-stop Tour of Science’s Key Concepts)
Amsen, Eva
One of the titles in a cutting-edge new series created in partnership with the Science Museum, this book introduces 100 key areas of biology such as life processes, evolution, DNA and inheritance, diversity of plants, immunity, and disease, and explains each topic in just 100 words. Perfect for getting your head around big ideas clearly and quickly, or refreshing your memory of the fundamentals of life on earth, this book covers the most up-to-date terms and theories and inspires a heightened level of understanding and enjoyment to the core areas of biology explored in the Science Museum.
Science | HC | $35.00

Deterring Armageddon: A Biography of NATO
Apps, Peter
The history of the world’s most successful military alliance, from the wrecked Europe of 1945 to Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine. As they signed NATO into being after World War II, its founders fervently believed that only if the West’s democracies banded permanently together could they avoid a catastrophic global atomic conflict. Over the 75 years since, the alliance has indeed avoided war with Russia, also becoming a major political, strategic and diplomatic player well beyond its borders. It has survived disagreements between leaders from Eisenhower, Churchill, and de Gaulle to Trump, Stoltenberg and Merkel, faced down Kremlin foes from Stalin to Putin and endured unending questions and debate over what new nations might be allowed to join. Deterring Armageddon takes the reader from backroom deals that led to NATO’s creation, through the Cold War, the Balkans and Afghanistan to the current confrontation with the Kremlin following the invasion of Ukraine. It examines the tightrope walked by alliance leaders between a powerful United States sometimes flirting with isolationism and European nations with their ever-evolving wishes for autonomy and influence. Having spent much of its life preparing for conflicts that might never come, NATO has sometimes found itself in wars that few had predicted – and with its members now again planning for a potential major European conflict. It is a tale of tension, danger, rivalry, conflict, big personalities and high-stakes military and diplomatic posturing – as well as espionage, politics and protest. From the Korean War to the pandemic, the Berlin and Cuba crises to the chaotic evacuation from Kabul, Deterring Armageddon tells how the alliance has shaped and been shaped by history – and looks ahead to what might be the most dangerous era it has ever faced.
History | TP | $36.99

Reason to Be Happy: Why logical thinking is the key to a better life
Basu, Kaushik
How to use logic to solve everyday problems and think your way to a better life, by one of the world’s leading economists. Why do our friends have more friends than we do? How do you book the best available seats on a plane? And if jogging for ten minutes adds eight minutes to our life expectancy, should we still go jogging? The ability to reason is one of our most undervalued skills. In everyday life, the key is to put yourself in the shoes of a clever competitor and think about how they might respond. Whether you are dealing with events on the scale of the Cuban missile crisis or letting go of anger, leading economist Professor Kaushik Basu shows how game theory – the logic of social situations – can help us achieve better outcomes and lasting happiness. Full of fascinating thought experiments and puzzles, Reason to Be Happy is a paean to the power of rationality. If you want to have a good life and even make the world a better place, you can start by thinking clearly.
Science | TP | $36.99

SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome
Beard, Mary
Ancient Rome was an imposing city, even by modern standards – a sprawling imperial metropolis of more than a million inhabitants, a ‘mixture of luxury and filth, liberty and exploitation, civic pride and murderous civil war’ that served as the seat of power for an empire that spanned from Spain to Syria. Yet how did all this emerge from what was once an insignificant village in central Italy? In SPQR, world-renowned classicist Mary Beard narrates the unprecedented rise of a civilisation that even two thousand years later still shapes many of our most fundamental assumptions about power, citizenship, responsibility, political violence, empire, luxury, and beauty. From the foundational myth of Romulus and Remus to 212 CE – nearly 1,000 later – when the emperor Caracalla gave Roman citizenship to every free inhabitant of the empire, SPQR (the abbreviation of ‘the Senate and People of Rome’) examines not just how we think of ancient Rome but challenges the comfortable historical perspectives that have existed for centuries by exploring how the Romans thought of themselves: how they challenged the idea of imperial rule, how they responded to terrorism and revolution, and how they invented a new idea of citizenship and nation. Opening the book, in 63 BCE, with the famous clash between the populist aristocrat Catiline and Cicero, the renowned politician and orator, Beard animates this ‘terrorist conspiracy’, which was aimed at the very heart of the Republic, demonstrating how this singular event would presage the struggle between democracy and autocracy that would come to define much of Rome’s subsequent history. Illustrating how a classical democracy yielded to a self-confident and self-critical empire, SPQR reintroduces us, though in a wholly different way, to famous and familiar characters – Hannibal, Julius Caesar, Cleopatra, Augustus, and Nero, among others – while expanding the historical aperture to include those overlooked in traditional histories: the women, the slaves and ex-slaves, conspirators, and those on the losing side of Rome’s glorious conquests. Like the best detectives, Beard sifts fact from fiction, myth and propaganda from historical record, refusing either simple admiration or blanket condemnation. Far from being frozen in marble, Roman history, she shows, is constantly being revised and rewritten as our knowledge expands. Indeed, our perceptions of ancient Rome have changed dramatically over the last fifty years; and SPQR, with its nuanced attention to class inequality, democratic struggles, and the lives of entire groups of people omitted from the historical narrative for centuries, promises to shape our view of Roman history for decades to come.
History | PBK | $27.99

Our Moon: A Human History
Boyle, Rebecca
A cultural and scientific history of the Moon from prehistoric archaeology to the most recent technological and scientific research today. Every living being throughout history, across time and geography, has gazed up at the same moon. From the first prehistoric life that crawled onto land guided by the power of the tides, to the division of time into months and seasons for the first humans, the moon has driven the expansion and development of our world. It has inspired scientific discovery and culture from the ancient astronomers to the scientific revolution of Copernicus and Galileo, from the 1969 Apollo landings to writers and artists, and stirred an inexhaustible desire to know where we come from and how we got here. And as astronauts around the world prepare to return to the Moon – opening up new frontiers of discovery, profit and politics – Our Moon tells the dazzling story of how the Moon has shaped life as we know it, fuelled dramatic change across the globe and could be the key to humanity’s future.
Science/History | HC | $55.00

The CIA World Factbook (2024–2025)
Central Intelligence Agency
The ultimate, comprehensive guide to official country data and statistics, from the world’s most sophisticated intelligence-gathering organisation. From Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, The CIA World Factbook 2024–2025 offers complete and up-to-date information on the world’s nations. This comprehensive guide is packed with data on countries’ politics, populations, economics, and environment for 2024 and looks ahead to 2025. Appendices include useful abbreviations, terror organisation profiles, and more. Originally intended for use, by government officials and policymakers as well as the broader intelligence community, this is a must-have resource for students, travellers, journalists, and anyone with a desire to know more about their world.
Reference book | TP | $55.00

Filterworld: How Algorithms Flattened Culture
Chayka, Kyle
From one of the New Yorker’s most exciting young writers: a brilliant breakdown of how algorithms have shaped our physical and artistic worlds. The early promise of a free Internet is long gone. Now, rather than allowing us a meaningful relationship with a range of content of our choosing, algorithms have not only removed genuine choice but de-texturised the world around us: smoothed its edges, planed down friction, and flattened differences. So, coffee shops from Brooklyn to Beijing are inflected with a similar, ‘Instagrammable’ aesthetic. Airbnb rentals are decked out for their swipability factor as much as for their comfort. Spotify builds playlists that echo a category, looping back to music we’ve already heard before, so as not to disrupt the flow. Netflix doesn’t just make suggestions based on viewing histories, but it actively changes the thumbnails to increase the chances we click on it. As Filterworld masterfully shows, culture itself has become algorithmic: a set of principles, a data rule, a line of code. And we interact with it in ever more passive ways. The result is not isolated echo chambers or a filter bubbles, but an all-encompassing Filterworld of the title. Kyle Chayka deliciously deconstructs this Filterworld: it shows us how technology has led us to this place and its effects on society and the individual, as well as how we might be able to remove the filter to gain liberation.
Impact of technology | TP | $36.99

Queen of Codes: The Secret Life of Emily Anderson, Britain’s Greatest Female Code Breaker
Chionna, Jackie Ui
The thrilling biography of Britain’s greatest female codebreaker, Emily Anderson. An astounding story of codebreaking, personal sacrifice, and a life lived in the shadows. The history of British codebreaking is often considered a men-only preserve, ignoring the fact that the vast majority of codebreakers were women. And, foremost among them, was one who is largely unknown to the public: Emily Anderson. A leading member of British intelligence, Anderson played a pivotal role in both world wars. Amongst the first codebreakers to move to Bletchley Park, she later transferred to Cairo – where her exceptional skills in decoding diplomatic and military intelligence were instrumental in the first Allied victory of the Second World War, for which she was awarded the OBE. Remarkable in many ways, she was also the first female Junior Assistant in the civil service and led the fight for equal pay for women at GCHQ. Revealing newly-discovered material and sources, Queen of Codes is a fascinating narrative that will rightly seal Emily Anderson’s place at the forefront of Britain’s eminent codebreakers.
History/Science | PBK | $26.99

Read Write Own: Building the Next Era of the Internet
Dixon, Chris
A potent exploration of the power of blockchains to reshape the future of the internet. The internet of today is a far cry from its early promise of a decentralised, democratic network of innovation, connection and freedom. In the past decade, it has fallen almost entirely under the control of a very small group of companies like Apple, Google, and Facebook. In Read Write Own, tech visionary Chris Dixon argues that the dream of a creative, entrepreneurial internet doesn’t have to die and can, in fact, be saved with blockchain networks. He separates this movement, which aims to provide a solid foundation for everything from social networks to artificial intelligence to virtual worlds, from cryptocurrency speculation – a distinction he calls ‘the computer vs the casino’. Drawing on a 25-year career in the software industry, Dixon lucidly shows how the history of the internet has been defined by three distinct eras that have brought us to the critical moment we’re in today. The first was the ‘read’ era, in which early networks democratised information. The second was the ‘read-write’ era, in which corporate networks democratised publishing. We are now in the midst of the ‘read-write-own’ era, sometimes called web3, in which blockchain networks are granting power and economic benefits to communities of users, not just corporations. Read Write Own is a must-read for anyone – internet users, business leaders, creators, entrepreneurs – who wants to understand where we’ve been and where we’re going. It provides a vision for a better internet and a playbook to navigate and build the future.
Impact of technology | TP | $36.99

A History of the World in 47 Borders: The Stories Behind the Lines on Our Maps
Elledge, Jonn
A fascinating and surprising history of the world told through the lines people have drawn on maps. People have been drawing lines on maps, for as long as there have been maps to draw on. Sometimes rooted in physical geography, sometimes entirely arbitrary, these lines might often have looked very different if a war or treaty or the decisions of a handful of tired Europeans had gone a different way. By telling the stories of these borders, we can learn a lot about how political identities are shaped, why the world looks the way it does – and about the scale of human folly. From the Roman attempts to define the boundaries of civilisation, to the secret British-French agreement to carve up the Ottoman Empire during the First World War, to the reason why landlocked Bolivia still maintains a navy, this is a fascinating, witty and surprising look at the history of the world told through its borders.
History/Geography | TP | $34.99

Amphibious Soul: Finding the wild in a tame world
Foster, Craig
An adventure story, love story, travelogue, naturalist memoir, and spiritual guide, Craig Foster’s Amphibious Soul is a scientist and adventurer’s perspective on ‘rewilding’ – developing a deep connection to our animal selves that can reinvigorate our lives. Told in Craig’s warm and passionate voice, this extraordinary book will change not only the way we interact with the natural world, but the way we fundamentally see ourselves. A decade ago, living in a city and feeling exhausted and empty, Craig decided to return to his birthplace – the Cape of Good Hope – and dive into the great African Sea forest each day. His daily oceanic adventures not only helped him ‘rewild’, but helped him come to see his own ‘Amphibious Soul’ as a powerful metaphor for the human condition. We homo sapiens are, by nature, wild animals attempting to exist in a docile world. So how can we reclaim our wildness in a world that wants us to stay so tamed? An extraordinary literary work, Amphibious Soul is a riveting narrative filled with meticulous descriptions of an adventure in the natural world that speaks to readers on an intimate level, challenging us to consider our personal relationship to nature, and inspiring us to realign our daily practices to help save the global ecosystem. Whether we live close to nature or in an urban jungle, Craig shows us how to nurture our individual wildness, tap into our empathy, and deepen our love for all living things. He teaches us to track the wild around us, and by doing so become present in the moment and revel in being wondrously alive. Featuring breathtaking original photos and QR codes that access mini-videos of never-seen-before animal interactions, Amphibious Soul is a remarkable experience that will transform us and ultimately our world.
Science | TP | $36.99

A History of the World in Twelve Shipwrecks
Gibbins, David
A history of the world through 12 shipwrecks, from ancient Rome to WW2, by world renowned underwater archaeologist David Gibbins. From a Bronze Age ship built during the age of Queen Nefertiti and filled with ancient treasures, a Viking warship made for King Cnut himself, Henry VIII’s spectacular Mary Rose and the golden age of the Tudor court, to the exploration of the Arctic, the tragic story of HMS Terror and tales of bravery and endurance aboard HMS Gairsoppa in World War Two, these are the stories of some of the greatest underwater discoveries of all time. A rich and exciting narrative, this is not just the story of those ships and the people who sailed on them, the cargo and treasure they carried and their tragic fate. This is also the story of the spread of people, religion and ideas around the world, a story of colonialism and migration which continues today. Drawing on decades of experience excavating shipwrecks around the world, renowned maritime archaeologist David Gibbins reveals the riches beneath the waves and shows us how the treasures found there can be a porthole to the past to tell a new story about the world and its underwater secrets.
History | TP | $34.99

Challenger: A True Story of Heroism and Disaster on the Edge of Space
Higginbotham, Adam
The definitive, dramatic, minute-by-minute story of the Challenger space shuttle disaster based on fascinating in-depth reporting and new archival research – riveting history that reads like a thriller. On the morning of 28 January 1986, just 73 seconds into flight, the space shuttle Challenger broke apart over the Atlantic Ocean, killing all seven people on board. Millions around the world witnessed the tragic deaths of the crew, which included schoolteacher Christa McAuliffe. Like the assassination of JFK, the Challenger disaster is a defining moment in twentieth century history – one that forever changed the way America thought of itself and its optimistic view of the future. Yet, the full story of what happened – and why – has never been told. Based on extensive archival research and meticulous, original reporting, Challenger: A True Story of Heroism and Disaster on the Edge of Space follows a handful of central protagonists – including each of the seven members of the doomed crew – through the years leading up to the accident, a detailed account of the tragedy itself, and into the investigation that followed. It’s a compelling tale of optimism and ingenuity shattered by political cynicism and cost-cutting in the interests of burnishing national prestige; of hubristic ‘go fever’; and of an investigation driven by heroic leakers and whistleblowers determined to bring the truth to light. With astonishing clarity and narrative verve, Adam Higginbotham reveals the history of the shuttle program, the lives of men and women whose stories have been overshadowed by the disaster, as well as the designers, engineers and test pilots who struggled against the odds to get the first shuttle into space. A masterful blend of riveting human drama, fascinating science and shocking political infighting, Challenger brings to life a turning point in our history. The result is an even more complex and extraordinary story than any of us remembered – or, thought possible.
Science/History | TP | $36.99

Brew It Yourself: Make Your Own Craft Drinks with Wild and Home-Grown Ingredients
Hood, Richard & Moyle, Nick
An updated edition of this popular home-brewing guide which prioritises home-grown and wild ingredients and has a new section on low or no-alcohol drinks. The Two Thirsty Gardeners are leading a home-brewing revolution. Prioritising wild and home-grown ingredients, but also providing shop-bought alternatives, Richard Hood and Nick Moyle prove that creating your own tasty craft drinks doesn’t need to be complicated, costly, or time consuming. The book includes 80 unique recipes, including home brewed beers, wines, liqueurs, and boozy sodas, all featuring adventurous natural ingredients like dandelions, nettles, lavender, and blackberries. Try out fancy foraged cocktails such as Spruce Martini or Rosehip Lime Mocktail and discover how easy it is to make your own vermouth, cider and even absinthe! With a new section dedicated to low and no-alcohol brews, there is truly a recipe for every occasion. By outlining the basic approaches to each drink’s method of production, debunking myths and celebrating experimentation, this book takes the fear out of the science of fermentation – so there really is no reason not to brew it yourself!
Food and drink | PBK | $37.99

The Penguin Book of Pirates
Howe, Katherine
Spanning three centuries and 8,000 nautical miles, and compiled by a direct descendant of a sailor who waged war with pirates in the early 19th century, The Penguin Book of Pirates takes us behind the eye patches, the peg legs, and the skull and crossbones of the Jolly Roger and into the no-man’s-land of piracy that is rife with paradoxes and plot twists. Here, in a fascinating array of accounts that include trial transcripts, journalism, ship logs, and more, are the grit and patois of real maritime marauders like the infamous Blackbeard; the pirates who inspired Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean, Stede Bonnet in Max’s Our Flag Means Death, and the Dread Pirate Roberts in The Princess Bride; the astoundingly egalitarian, multiethnic, and multilingual crews that became enmeshed in historical horrors like the slave trade; and lesser known but no less formidable women pirates, many of whom disguised themselves as men. By turns, brutal, harrowing, and inspiring, these accounts of the ‘radically free’ sailors who were citizens more of the oceangoing world than of any nation on land remind us of the glories and dangers of the open seas and the seductive appeal of communities forged in resistance.
Pirates | TP | $32.99

Moons: The Mysteries and Marvels of our Solar System
Howells, Kate
A mind-bending information overload on the majesty of our favourite local moons. Almost every planet in our solar system has one, so why do we know so little about moons? Join astronomer Kate Howells on an interplanetary voyage to explore the mind-boggling moons of our solar system, from the volcanic hellscape of Io to the ice mountains and methane seas of Titan. Beautifully illustrated with space photography and artistic interpretations, and filled with unbelievable facts about our own galactic backyard, Moons is a perfect introduction to just how majestic and freaky our solar system can be.
Science | PBK | $45.00

The Illusionist: The True Story of the Man Who Fooled Hitler
Hutton, Robert
The astonishing story of how in Egypt, 1942, Colonel Dudley Clarke’s ingenious, eccentric A Force thwarted the Nazis and invented a whole new playbook of military deception.
Cairo, 1942: If you had asked a British officer who Colonel Clarke was, they would have been able to point him out: always ready with a drink and a story, he was a well-known figure in the local bars. If you then asked what he did, you would have less success. Those who knew didn’t tell, and almost no one really knew at all. Clarke thought of himself as developing a new kind of weapon. Its components? Rumour, stagecraft, a sense of fun. Its target? The mind of Erwin Rommel, Hitler’s greatest general. Throughout history, military commanders have sought to mislead their opponents. Dudley Clarke set out to do it on a scale no one had imagined before. Even afterwards, almost no one understood the magnitude of his achievement. Drawing on recently released documents and hugely expanding on the louche portrait of Clarke, as seen in SAS: Rogue Heroes, journalist and historian Robert Hutton reveals the amazing story of Clarke’s A Force, the invention of the SAS and the Commandos, and the masterful hoodwinking of the Desert Fox at the battle of El Alamein. The Illusionist tells for the first time the dazzling tale of how, at a pivotal moment in the war, British eccentricity and imagination combined to thwart the Nazis and save innumerable lives – on both sides.
History | TP | $34.99

Capote’s Women: A True Story of Love, Ambition and Betrayal
Leamer, Laurence
The fascinating true story behind one of the original literary scandals – how Truman Capote (author of In Cold Blood and Breakfast at Tiffany’s) betrayed his closest friends, in service of his next book.
‘There are certain women,’ Truman Capote wrote, ‘who, though perhaps not born rich, are born to be rich.’
These women captivated and enchanted Capote – he befriended them, ingratiated himself into their lives, and received their deepest confidences. From Barbara ‘Babe’ Paley to Lee Radziwill, they were the toast of mid-century New York, each one beautiful and distinguished in her own way. After struggling with crippling writer’s block, Capote was struck with an idea for what he was sure would be his magnum opus, Answered Prayers. But when he eventually published a few chapters, it became clear that he had used his friends for inspiration, exposing their barely fictionalised lives and scandals to the world. The blowback incinerated his friendships, and banished Capote from their high-society world forever. In Capote’s Women, Laurence Leamer investigates the true story of one of the original literary scandals, weaving together a fascinating story of friendship, intrigue and unforgivable betrayal. Adapted as the Ryan Murphy series Feud: Capote vs the Swans.
History | PBK | $24.99

Elixir: A Story of Perfume, Science and the Search for the Secret of Life
Levitt, Theresa
Two friends in a Parisian perfume shop make a discovery that will transform our understanding of the world and the origins of life on Earth forever. Set amidst the unforgettable sights and smells of 18th and 19th Century Paris, Elixir tells the story of Edouard Laugier and Auguste Laurent, the son of a perfumer and a fellow aspiring chemist, who met on the Left Bank while pursuing their passion for science. Spurned by the scientific establishment, the pair ended up working out of Edouard’s family perfume shop, Laugier pere et fils. By day, they prepared the revitalising elixirs and rejuvenating eaux it was famous for, but by night using the ingredients of the perfumery and the principles of alchemy, they pursued the secret of life itself. Elixir reads like a novel, brimming with eccentric characters, experimental daring, and the romance of the Bohemian salon. It is the story of a long-standing scientific puzzle and the struggle to gain acceptance for a new way of thinking about the building blocks of living matter long after those who discovered it were both dead. Yet, this is also a story of hope and determination. For while the scientific establishment ridiculed their work at the time, teenage lab assistant Louis Pasteur took it seriously and, over the course of an exceptional career, was able to show that their work pointed to a deep, inexplicable asymmetry in the molecular arrangement of living things – an unexplained asymmetry which remains one of science’s great mysteries.
History/Science | PBK | $24.99

The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare (media tie-in edition)
Lewis, Damien
In the bleak moments after defeat on mainland Europe in winter 1939, wartime leader Winston Churchill knew that Britain had to strike back hard. He recruited a band of eccentric free-thinking warriors to become the first ‘deniable’ secret operatives behind enemy lines, offering these volunteers nothing but the potential for glory and all-but-certain death. The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare tells of the daring victories for this small force of ‘freelance pirates’ in their many missions against the Nazis, often dressed in enemy uniforms and breaking all previously held rules of warfare. Master storyteller and military historian Damien Lewis brings the true adventures of the secret unit to life, from their earliest missions to the death of the group’s leader just weeks before the end of World War Two.
Military history | PBK | $26.99

The Witch’s Workshop: A Guide to Crafting Your Own Magical Tools
Madara, Melissa
Empower yourself as a self-sufficient witch, and become a master of the natural arts! This in-depth guide, accompanied by step-by-step images, will show you all the craft and design skills you need to make your own, personalised, and fully-adaptable magical toolkit. Melissa Madara, magical expert, herbalist and witch, shares 60+ unique projects and techniques, many of which revive spells from the history of witches past. Approachable for beginners and stimulating for established practitioners, the crafts are clearly explained through luscious photographs, detailed research, useful charts, and easy-to-follow instructions. Once you are directly in touch with the power of these crafts, understanding deeply the processes and the associations of magical ingredients, you can be inspired to create all your own unique formulations. With all of this knowledge, you can create altars, rituals and spells that are highly specific, personal, and in touch with your natural environment.
Spirituality | HC | $55.00

The Astronomers’ Library: Books that Unlocked the Mysteries of the Universe
Masters, Karen
Indulge in this collection of the best astronomy books from the past 800 years. The Astronomers’ Library is a rich history of astronomy (and astrology) publishing across Europe. Humankind has looked to the heavens since the dawn of time, wondering what is out there, as well as how everything works and (originally) who was responsible for it. Every tribe, race and civilisation has wondered about our place in the universe and what lies beyond and what lies within it, below our feet. Lately, attention has turned to the origins of the universe. From the turn of the millennium, knowledge and ideas were recorded, first on tablets or rock, then in the form of simple manuscripts, and eventually in a much more elaborate fashion as illustrative and engraving skills evolved. The advent of printed books saw the production of highly illustrated tomes that showed off the skills of the printers as well as the newfound knowledge of the scholars and artists that wrote them. Many of these works pushed the boundaries of illustrated publishing (and continue to do so to this day). They commanded expert illustrators and skilled engravers and hence didn’t come cheaply. They were treasured in the libraries of the wealthy and their intrinsic worth has meant that there is an incredible wealth of beautifully preserved historic examples from the 14th century onwards. The significant difference we acknowledge today between astronomy and astrology has a relatively recent past, and the stars have long been associated with creatures, gods, characters and all sorts of divine beings. The study of such has a long, fascinating history that is shown in beautiful detail in the pages of these many beautiful books, and the transition from seeing the stars as characters to understanding them as spinning, celestial beings and part of our huge universe is akin to witnessing the history of the world. As far back as the 10th century, Persian scholars such as Abd al-Rahman al-Sufi was recording his findings, observations and speculations on the wider universe, in his Book of Fixed Stars. The focus turned to Europe in the Middle Ages, with Germany, Holland and England the centres of study and publication. Following the ‘Copernican Revolution’, observation and study underwent a radical change, paving the way for astronomers such as Kepler, Galilei, and Newton to shed further light on the nature of the planets and stars of our known systems, and the ground beneath our feet. Each of those famous names contribute to the illustrated books that are featured within.
Science/History | HC | $59.99

Perfume: A Century of Scents
Ostrom, Lizzie
The incredible stories of 100 perfumes from a whole century of scents. Signature scents and now lost masterpieces; the visionaries who conceived them; the wild and wonderful campaigns that launched them; the women and men who wore them – every perfume has a tale to tell. Beautifully illustrated and extremely-insightful, Perfume: A Century of Scents is a lush journey into the scents that have changed the world.
History | PBK | $24.99

Conspiracy: A History of Boll*cks Theories, and How Not to Fall for Them
Phillips, Tom & Elledge, Jonn
Tom Phillips and Jonn Elledge team up to debunk the greatest conspiracy theories humans have ever espoused – to teach us how not to fall for them. From the Satanic Panic to the anti-vaxx movement, the moon landing to Pizzagate, it’s always been human nature to believe we’re being lied to by the powers that be (and sometimes, to be fair, we absolutely are). But while it can be fun to indulge in a bit of Deep State banter on the group chat, recent times have shown us that some of these theories have taken on a life of their own – and in our dogged quest for the truth, it appears we might actually be doing it some damage. In Conspiracy, Tom Phillips and Jonn Elledge take us on a fascinating, insightful, and often hilarious journey through conspiracy theories old and new, to try and answer a vital question for our times: how can we learn to log off the QAnon message boards, and start trusting hard evidence again?
Misinformation | PBK | $24.99

The Red Hotel: The Untold Story of Stalin’s Disinformation War
Philps, Alan
Reporters. Translators. Lovers. Spies.
In The Red Hotel: The Untold Story of Stalin’s Disinformation War, former Daily Telegraph Foreign Editor and Russia expert Alan Philps sets out the way Stalin created his own reality by constraining and muzzling the British and American reporters covering the Eastern front during the war and forcing them to reproduce Kremlin propaganda. War correspondents were both bullied and pampered in the gilded cage of the Metropol Hotel. They enjoyed lavish supplies of caviar and had their choice of young women to employ as translators and to share their beds. While some of these translators turned journalists into robotic conveyors of Kremlin propaganda, others were brave secret dissenters who whispered to reporters the reality of Soviet life and were punished with sentences in the Gulag. Through the use of British archives and Russian sources, the story of the role of the women of the Metropol Hotel and the foreign reporters they worked with is told for the first time. This revelatory story will finally lift the lid on Stalin’s operation to muzzle and control what the Western allies’ writers and foreign correspondents knew of his regime’s policies to prosecute the war against Hitler’s rampaging armies from June 1941 onwards.
History | PBK | $26.99

Small Talk: 10 ADHD lies and how to stop believing them
Pink, Richard & Emery, Roxanne
Are you your biggest fear leader, constantly lamenting your wasted potential? You’re not alone. Break free from negative self-talk, overcome self-hatred, and live your most authentic and happy life. The biggest struggle for those with ADHD is the negative self-talk they’ve internalised over a lifetime of trying to fit into a neurotypical world. In Small Talk, Rich and Rox examine the 10 biggest ‘neurospicy lies’. Drawing on the lived experience of living with ADHD and supporting a loved one with ADHD plus reflections from the @ADHD_Love community, Small Talk will help you big up yourself. Turn guilt and frustration into compassion; approach goals in ways that work for neurodiverse brains; better understand and empower neurodiverse people; and adopt ‘Spicy House Rules’ to create an environment of mutual support.
Science | TP | $36.99

The Trial of Vladimir Putin
Robertson, Geoffrey
There have been dozens of books about the Russian President, since he launched his illegal invasion of Ukraine in February 2022. Some have examined the historical aspects of the conflict, others have analysed its military and geopolitical importance. However, none so far have looked purely at the legal consequences of that disastrous action. This remarkable survey by one of our most celebrated human rights lawyers examines how the war in effect destroys the purpose of the UN by exposing the fatal flaw in its 1945 Charter which entrusts the duty to five permanent members with a veto on any Security Council action. Russia may not even be expelled for breaching the Charter from the General Assembly without a Security Council recommendation, which Russia itself can veto! It looks at the difficulties of bringing Putin to trial, and why the popular campaign for a court to try him in absentia would not work; gives an explanation of the ICC charges he already faces, and surmises that any future peace agreement would include an amnesty for Putin (though, that amnesty would not be valid in international law). Putin is plainly guilty of the crime of aggression. But, asks Robertson, does the Bush doctrine of ‘Pre-emptive self-defence’, developed to justify his invasion of Iraq, provide Putin with an opt out; and could the ‘Tu Quoque’ defence (‘I did it, but you did it first’) be raised at Putin’s trial, as it was for Admiral Doenitz at Nuremberg? This brilliant deep dive, into international law, offers a unique perspective onto an unjust war that has cost the lives of hundreds of thousands of people and threatens to overturn the accepted world order, through the lens of its key protagonist.
International law | TP | $34.99

100 Letters That Changed the World
Salter, Colin
A collection of the most inspiring and powerful letters of all time. The written word has the power to inspire, astonish and entertain, as this collection of 100 letters that changed history will show. Ordered chronologically, the letters range from ink-inscribed tablets that vividly describe life in the Roman Empire to remarkable last wills and testaments, passionate outpourings of love and despair, and succinct notes with deadly consequences. Entries include: A resume from Leonardo da Vinci, with barely a mention of his artistic talents; Henry VIII’s love letters to Anne Boleyn, which eventually led to the dissolution of the monasteries; Beatrix Potter’s correspondence with a friend’s son that introduced the character of Peter Rabbit; SOS telegrams from the Titanic; Abraham Lincoln’s letter that contradicted his fight against slavery; a legal letter marking the end of the Beatles; Emile Zola’s open letter (‘J’accuse!’); the scrawled note that brought about Oscar Wilde’s downfall; as well as famous last words, from Virginia Woolf, to Kurt Cobain. Reissued with an elegant new cover, this fascinating book is perfect both for reading cover to cover and dipping into to discover the delights within.
Writings/History | HC | $39.99

100 Books That Changed the World
Salter, Colin & Christianson, Scott
A chronological survey of the world’s most influential books. Many books have become classics, must reads, or overnight publishing sensations, but how many can genuinely claim to have changed the way we see and think? In 100 Books that Changed the World, authors Scott Christianson and Colin Salter bring together an exceptional collection of truly ground-breaking books – from scriptures that founded religions, to scientific treatises that challenged beliefs, to novels that kick-started literary genres. This elegantly designed book, first published in 2018, but updated with an exciting new cover, offers a chronological survey of the most important books from around the globe, from the earliest illuminated manuscripts to the age of the ebook publication. Entries include: The Iliad and The Odyssey, Homer (750 BC), Gutenberg Bible (1450s), The Quran (AD 609–632), On the Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres, Nicolaus Copernicus (1543), Shakespeare’s First Folio (1623), Philosophae Naturalis Principia Mathematica, Isaac Newton (1687), The Wealth of Nations, Adam Smith (1776), The Vindication of the Rights of Woman, Mary Wollstonecraft (1792), On the Origin of Species, Charles Darwin (1859), Das Kapital, Karl Marx (1867), The Interpretation of Dreams, Sigmund Freud (1899), The Diary of a Young Girl, Anne Frank (1947), Quotations from Chairman Mao Tse-tung (1964), A Brief History of Time, Stephen Hawking (1988).
Books/History | HC | $39.99

Empireworld: How British Imperialism Has Shaped the Globe
Sanghera, Sathnam
A ground-breaking exploration of how British empire has shaped the world we live in today… 2.6 billion people are inhabitants of former British colonies. The empire’s influence upon the quarter of the planet it occupied, and its gravitational influence upon the world outside it, has been profound – from the spread of Christianity by missionaries to nearly one in three driving on the left side of the road, and even shaping the origins of international law. Yet, Britain’s idea of its imperial history and the world’s experience of it are two very different things. In Empireworld, award-winning author and journalist, Sathnam Sanghera extends his examination of British imperial legacies beyond Britain. Travelling the globe to trace its international legacies – from Barbados and Mauritius to India and Nigeria and beyond – Sanghera demonstrates just how deeply, British imperialism is baked into our world. And why it’s time Britain was finally honest with itself about empire.
History | TP | $36.99

The Algorithm: How AI Can Hijack Your Career and Steal Your Future
Schellmann, Hilke
Artificial intelligence is being used, on a massive scale, to decide who gets hired, fired and promoted. Through whistleblower exclusives, leaked internal documents and astonishing real-world practices, journalist Hilke Schellmann reveals the secret rise of AI in the world of work. Testing them herself, she discovers that many algorithms making these high-stakes calculations do more harm than good, and traces their origins to troubling pseudoscientific ideas about people’s ‘true’ essence. Interviewing experts, developers and ordinary workers, The Algorithm offers fascinating and alarming truths. From software analysing interviewees’ facial expressions and tone of voice, to video games assessing their performance, to ‘personality profiles’ built from candidates’ social media, almost all major employers use AI in recruitment. Programs track their staff’s activity, group dynamics and physical health, identifying who is productive, a bully, worth long-term investment, or likely to quit. But can we trust them? In a world of severe job insecurity, workplace algorithms are on the brink of dominating or even threatening us – if we don’t fight back.
Impact of technology | HC | $49.99

Space Rover (Object Lessons)
Sinclair, Stewart Lawrence
In 1971, the first lunar rover arrived on the moon. The design became an icon of American ingenuity and the adventurous spirit and vision many equated with the space race. Fifty years later, that vision feels like a nostalgic fantasy, but the lunar rover’s legacy paved the way for Mars rovers like Sojourner, Curiosity, and Perseverance. Other rovers have made accessible the world’s deepest caves and most remote tundra, extending our exploratory range without risking lives. Still others have been utilised for search and rescue missions or in clean-up operations after disasters such as Chernobyl. For all these achievements, rovers embody not just our potential, but our limits. Examining rovers, as they wander our terrestrial and celestial boundaries, we might better comprehend our place, and fate, in this universe.
Science | PBK | $19.99

The Book-Makers: A History of the Book in 18 Remarkable Lives
Smyth, Adam
Every book-lover’s dream: a celebration of 550 years of the printed book, told through the lives of 18 extraordinary men and women who took the book in radical new directions. The Book-Makers is a celebration of 550 years of the printed book, told through the lives of 18 extraordinary men and women who took the book in radical new directions: printers and binders, publishers and artists, paper-makers and library founders. This is a story of skill, craft, mess, cunning, triumph, improvisation, and error. Some of these names we know. We meet jobbing printer (and United States Founding Father) Benjamin Franklin. We watch Thomas Cobden-Sanderson conjure books that flicker between the early 20th century and the 15th. Others have been forgotten. We don’t remember Sarah Eaves, wife of John Baskerville, and her crucial contribution to the history of type. Nor Charles Edward Mudie, populariser of the circulating library – and the most influential figure in book publishing before Jeff Bezos. Nor William Wildgoose, who meticulously bound Shakespeare’s First Folio, and then disappeared from history. The Book-Makers puts people back into the story of the book. It takes you inside the print-shop as the deadline looms and the adrenaline flows – from the Fleet Street of 1492 to present-day New York. It’s a story of contingencies and quirks, of successes and failures, of routes forward and paths not taken. The Book-Makers is a history of book-making that leaves ink on your fingers, and shows why the printed book will continue to flourish.
Books/History | HC | $69.99

General Relativity: The Theoretical Minimum
Susskind, Leonard & Cabannes, Andre
The latest volume in the bestselling physics series explains Einstein’s masterpiece – the general theory of relativity. He taught us classical mechanics, quantum mechanics and special relativity. Now, physicist Leonard Susskind, assisted by a new collaborator, Andre Cabannes, returns to tackle Einstein’s general theory of relativity. Starting from the equivalence principle and covering the necessary mathematics of Riemannian spaces and tensor calculus, Susskind and Cabannes explain the link between gravity and geometry. They delve into black holes, establish Einstein field equations and solve them to describe gravity waves. The authors provide vivid explanations that, to borrow a phrase from Einstein, himself, are as simple as possible (but no simpler). An approachable yet rigorous introduction to one of the most important topics in physics, General Relativity is a must-read for anyone who wants a deeper knowledge of the universe’s real structure.
Science | PBK | $24.99

Battle for the Bird: Jack Dorsey, Elon Musk and the $44 Billion Fight for Twitter’s Soul
Wagner, Kurt
The gripping corporate saga of Twitter’s titans and their journey towards power, innovation, and controversy. On October 28th, hours after completing a $44 billion takeover of Twitter, Elon Musk Tweeted to his millions of followers: ‘The bird is freed’. Musk’s takeover of Twitter was one of the most audacious and remarkable deals in tech history. The Battle for Twitter takes readers back to the very beginning and how we reached this point. It looks at the origins of the platform, the vision of its co-founder Jack Dorsey, and how it became a battleground for ideas, controversies, and viral moments that shaped the world we live in today. With meticulous research and unprecedented access, author Kurt Wagner paints a vivid portrait of power struggles, bitter rivalries, and ground-breaking decisions that have shaped the evolution of Twitter. From Musk’s audacious tweets to Dorsey’s enigmatic persona, The Battle for Twitter uncovers the depths of their involvement, revealing the forces that have propelled them to the forefront of global attention. In this gripping corporate saga, delve into the minds of these visionary figures as they engage in a high-stakes battle for dominance, reshaping the very fabric of social media.
Business/Impact of technology | TP | $34.99

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