New and forthcoming

Plato's Republic: A Ladybird Expert

Angie Hobbs

Part of the new Ladybird Expert series, Plato's Republicis an accessible, authoritative, and timely introduction to the influentialdialogue that helped shape all Western literature and philosophy.

Written by distinguished Professor of the Public Understanding of Philosophy Angie Hobbs, Plato's Republic explores the age old dilemma: Why should I be just? What is a justsociety, and how can it be created?

With strikingly relevant questions such as: How can women'spotential be actualized? How are democracies subverted by demagogues andtyrants? How dangerous are 'alternative facts', and what can we do aboutthem? this text is still essential reading.

Written by the leading lights and most outstanding communicators in their fields, the Ladybird Expert books provide clear, accessible and authoritative introductions to subjects drawn from science, history and culture.

For an adult readership, the Ladybird Expert series is produced in the same iconic small hardback format pioneered by the original Ladybirds. Each beautifully illustrated book features the first new illustrations produced in the original Ladybird style for nearly forty years.

The Anatomy of Melancholy

Robert Burton (and others)

A new Penguin Classics edition of Burton's masterpiece - ostensibly a guidebook to melancholia or depression, in reality an all-encompassing examination of the human condition.

The Anatomy of Melancholy is the vast and only work by Robert Burton, the seventeenth-century English priest and scholar. It 'opens and cuts up' the condition of melancholy, or depression as we know it today, and in doing so explores a dizzying range of additional topics including goblins, beauty, the geography of America, digestion, the passions, alcohol and kissing. Burton believed that reading was a cure for melancholy, and so the book itself - one of the most unique and uncategorisable works of all time - can be seen as a tonic for the very condition it describes.

Palaces for the People

Eric Klinenberg

How can we bring people together? In Palaces for the People professor Eric Klinenberg presents a simple but transformative idea for health, happiness, safety and healing our divided, unequal society.

Too often we take for granted and neglect our libraries, parks, markets, schools, playgrounds, gardens and communal spaces, but decades of research now shows that these places can have an extraordinary effect on our health and wellbeing and that of society as a whole. Why? Because wherever people cross paths and linger, wherever we gather informally, strike up a conversation and get to know one another, relationships blossom and communities emerge – and where communities are strong, people are safer and more stimulated and lead happier, more active lives.

Through uplifting human stories, Palaces for the People shows that, properly designed and maintained, this ‘social infrastructure’ demonstrably increases health, reduces crime, fosters tolerance and stability and, in emergencies, saves lives – more efficiently than any single other strategy yet devised.

Picnic Comma Lightning

Laurence Scott

A spellbinding examination of the nature of reality, by one of the brightest thinkers of today.

Cognitive science proposes that we have evolved to construct mental maps of the world not according to its actual, physical nature, but according to what allows us to thrive. In other words, our individual and collective realities are fictions –carefully constructed to enable us to maintain our particular perspectives.

It used to be that our fictions were rooted to the solid things: to people, places and memories. Today, in an age of online personas, alternative truths, constant surveillance and an increasingly hysterical news cycle, our realities are becoming more flimsy and more vulnerable than ever before. Ours is now a zoomed-in perspective, where the backstage is centre stage. We are both camera person and subject, with new powers and new weaknesses. Our personal and political spheres are dangerously merging. How will the form and grammar of our feelings have to change in this over-exposed environment? Should any of our stories remain secret? How are these phenomena changing the way we live? How do we maintain a sense of reality in an increasingly fantastic world?

Picnic Comma Lightning is an innovative examination of the nature of identity in the twenty-first century, one that explores the key ethical, political and neurological forces contouring our inner worlds, but also the old influences of grief and desire, memory and imagination. In it, pioneering thinker and award-winning author Laurence Scott provides a lively and accessible new philosophy for this epoch in Western civilisation, one that will change the way you see the world, and your place within it.

Think Again

Walter Sinnott-Armstrong

A deeply enlightening book on how to be persuasive from an inspiring philosopher who teaches one of the most popular open online courses

Our personal and political worlds are rife with arguments and disagreements, some of them petty and vitriolic. The inability to compromise and understand the other side is widespread today. What can we do to change this? In Think Again philosopher Walter Sinnott-Armstrong draws on a long tradition of logic to show why we should stop focusing on winning arguments and instead argue in a more constructive way.

Based on a hugely popular online course with more than a million followers around the world, Think Again explains how to analyse, evaluate and make better arguments while also spotting bad reasoning and avoiding certain fallacies. Through lively, practical examples from everyday life, politics and popular culture, Walter Sinnott-Armstrong offers brilliantly straightforward, wise advice that we can all use at work, at home and online.

The Spanish Armada: A Ladybird Expert Book

Sam Willis

Part of the new Ladybird Expert series, The Spanish Armada is an accessible and authoritative introduction to one of the most important naval battles in history and one of the most extraordinary historical tales ever told.

Written by award-winning British historian, archaeologist, and broadcaster Sam Willis, The Spanish Armada explores the battle that erupted in the English Channel in July 1588 when a Spanish fleet of 130 ships attempted to invade England.

You'll learn how religious tension between and piracy brought two powerful monarchs into conflict; how innovative tactics affected the battle; and how the conflict created unprecedented humanitarian disaster.

Written by the leading lights and most outstanding communicators in their fields, the Ladybird Expert books provide clear, accessible and authoritative introductions to subjects drawn from science, history and culture.

For an adult readership, the Ladybird Expert series is produced in the same iconic small hardback format pioneered by the original Ladybirds. Each beautifully illustrated book features the first new illustrations produced in the original Ladybird style for nearly forty years.

Alone Time

Stephanie Rosenbloom

Travelling with friends and family is usually thought of as a privilege. In theory, anyway. In practice, it's more often about debating which sights to see, panicking over diminishing phone batteries and bickering over what to eat. Not much joy in that. But alone you can do as you please. You can wander markets, relish silence, go to a park. Go to Paris. Why not?

In Alone Time, New York Times travel columnist Stephanie Rosenbloom travels alone in four seasons to four remarkable cities - Paris, Istanbul, Florence and New York - exploring the sensory experience of solitude. Along the way she illuminates the psychological arguments for alone time, revealing that whether you recognize it or not, it's good to be alone now and then.

This is a book about the pleasures and benefits of savouring the moment, examining things closely, using all your senses to take in your surroundings, whether travelling to faraway places or walking the streets of your own city. Through on-the-ground observations and anecdotes, and drawing on the thinking of artists, writers and innovators who have cherished solitude, Alone Time lays bare the magic of going solo.

The Book of Why

Judea Pearl (and others)

A pioneer of artificial intelligence shows how the study of causality revolutionized science and the world

'Correlation does not imply causation.' This mantra was invoked by scientists for decades in order to avoid taking positions as to whether one thing caused another, such as smoking and cancer and carbon dioxide and global warming. But today, that taboo is dead. The causal revolution, sparked by world-renowned computer scientist Judea Pearl and his colleagues, has cut through a century of confusion and placed cause and effect on a firm scientific basis. Now, Pearl and science journalist Dana Mackenzie explain causal thinking to general readers for the first time, showing how it allows us to explore the world that is and the worlds that could have been. It is the essence of human and artificial intelligence. And just as Pearl's discoveries have enabled machines to think better, The Book of Why explains how we can think better.

A Call for Revolution

The Dalai Lama & Sofia Stril-Rever

A small book with a very large message.


In this impassioned, eloquent manifesto for the future of the world, the Dalai Lama appeals to us to rethink the way we live:

* Become ‘elite athletes of compassion’

* Support each other to solve economic and social injustice

* Women, take up the special role that’s yours

* Love the earth by sharing – not destroying - it.

* Encourage peace both within, and all around, you

Bringing his wisdom and experience to the complex problems he sees all around, the Dalai Lama
challenges us to solve them through nothing less than a radical revolution.

Aristotle’s Way

Edith Hall

What do you and an ancient philosopher have in common? It turns out much more than you might think…

Aristotle was an extraordinary thinker, perhaps the greatest in history. Yet he was preoccupied by an ordinary question: how to be happy. His deepest belief was that we can all be happy in a meaningful, sustained way – and he led by example.

In this handbook to his timeless teachings, Professor Edith Hall shows how ancient thinking is precisely what we need today, even if you don’t know your Odyssey from your Iliad. In ten practical lessons we come to understand more about our own characters and how to make good decisions. We learn how to do well in an interview, how to choose a partner and life-long friends, and how to face death or bereavement.

Life deals the same challenges – in Ancient Greece or the modern world. Aristotle’s way is not to apply rules – it’s about engaging with the texture of existence, and striding purposefully towards a life well lived.

This is advice that won’t go out of fashion.

The Order of Time

Carlo Rovelli

The bestselling author of Seven Brief Lessons on Physics takes us on an enchanting, consoling journey to discover the meaning of time

'We are time. We are this space, this clearing opened by the traces of memory inside the connections between our neurons. We are memory. We are nostalgia. We are longing for a future that will not come.'

Time is a mystery that does not cease to puzzle us. Philosophers, artists and poets have long explored its meaning while scientists have found that its structure is different from the simple intuition we have of it. From Boltzmann to quantum theory, from Einstein to loop quantum gravity, our understanding of time has been undergoing radical transformations. Time flows at a different speed in different places, the past and the future differ far less than we might think, and the very notion of the present evaporates in the vast universe.

With his extraordinary charm and sense of wonder, bringing together science, philosophy and art, Carlo Rovelli unravels this mystery. Enlightening and consoling, The Order of Time shows that to understand ourselves we need to reflect on time -- and to understand time we need to reflect on ourselves.

First, We Make the Beast Beautiful

Sarah Wilson

'Probably the best book on living with anxiety that I've ever read' Mark Manson, bestselling author of The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

Sarah Wilson gravitates to life’s problems, passing on her hard-earned wisdoms to all who want to make life better. Having helped over 1.5m people across the world to quit sugar, in First, we make the beast beautiful she now turns her intense focus and fierce investigatory skills onto the lifetime companion that’s brought her the most pain and become her finest teacher. Anxiety.

Looking at the triggers and treatments, fashions and fads, she reads widely, interviewing fellow sufferers, mental health patients, philosophers, and even the Dalai Lama, processing all she learns through the prism of her own experience. She pulls at the thread of accepted definitions of anxiety, unravelling the notion that it is a disease that must be medicated into submission. Could anxiety be re-sewn, she asks, into a thing of beauty?

There are many books about coping with anxiety. This one encourages the myriad sufferers of the world's most common mental illness to thrive with anxiety, and even to delight in the possibilities it offers for a richer, fuller life.

Practical, poetic, wise and funny, this is a small book with a big heart.