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The Dalai Lama: The Definitive Biography

Alexander Norman (Author)

The Dalai Lama is one of the best-known and respected public figures of modern times. A Nobel Peace Prize Winner, advocate for peace and campaigner for compassion, he regularly speaks at sell-out arena tours across the globe.

In this new biography, Alexander Norman reveals the complex and compelling character of the Dalai Lama in more detail than ever before. Drawing on his long friendship with His Holiness and with his full support, Norman gives unparalled insights into the Dalai Lama's life, from being chosen as a young boy, his exile from Tibet and his involvement in political negotiations, to the present day. Uniquely, however, this book also reveals the private life of a very public man, including his personal spiritual experiences, daily Buddhist practice and the issues that are closest to his heart. Norman also explains how the turbulent history of Tibet has shaped the Dalai Lama's thinking and personality and corrects the myths that have built up around him.

Illuminating, surprising and fascinating, this book is essential reading for all those who want to understand the Dalai Lama.

L.E.L: The Rise and Fall of Letitia Landon

Lucasta Miller (Author)

On 15 October 1838, the body of a thirty-six-year-old woman was found in Cape Coast Castle, West Africa, a bottle of Prussic acid in her hand. She was one of the most famous English poets of her day: Letitia Elizabeth Landon, known by her initials ‘L.E.L.’

What was she doing in Africa? Was her death an accident, as the inquest claimed? Or had she committed suicide, or even been murdered?

To her contemporaries, she was an icon, hailed as the ‘female Byron’, admired by Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Heinrich Heine, the young Brontë sisters and Edgar Allan Poe. However, she was also a woman with secrets, the mother of three illegitimate children whose existence was subsequently wiped from the record. After her death, she became the subject of a cover-up which is only now unravelling.

Too scandalous for her reputation to survive, Letitia Landon was a brilliant woman who made a Faustian pact in a ruthless world. She embodied the post-Byronic era, the ‘strange pause’ between the Romantics and the Victorians. This new investigation into the mystery of her life, work and death excavates a whole lost literary culture, in which the legacy of Keats and Shelley turned toxic.

Lucky Man

Matthew Etherington (Author)

You have money burning a hole in your pocket. You have more free time than you know what to do with. And your whole life is geared around winning. What do you do with your cash?
For former premier league footballer Matt Etherington, he, like many of his peers, gambled. But what started as harmless entertainment spiralled into a vortex of depression and debt, almost destroying his marriage, his career and himself.
Exposing the intense pressures of the premiership in a way that's never before been shared, Matt's story also shows how, in life, there's always a second half.

The Adventures of a Young Naturalist: The Zoo Quest Expeditions

David Attenborough (Author) , David Attenborough (Read by)

In 1954, the 28-year-old David Attenborough seized the opportunity to travel the world in search of rare animals for London Zoo’s collection, and to film these fascinating expeditions for the BBC. The result was the successful television series, Zoo Quest.

In Guyana the adventure begins with an encounter with a caiman, a visit to the River Mazaruni waterfalls, and an extraordinary painted cliff revealing a sequence of handprints and animal drawings not unlike France’s Palaeolithic caves.

Later, we are transported to Indonesia where he sets out, nervously, to capture an eighteen foot long python.

In Argentina David Attenborough comes across the rhea - a creature not unlike the ostrich – and observes its amusing courting and mating rituals. Then there is the issue of where to keep the collected animals…

Told with Attenborough’s trademark charm, these remarkable stories give us an insight into the early adventures of our most beloved naturalist.

Broadcast as Book of the Week on BBC Radio 4.

Realtime

Kevin Fong (Author)

Within minutes of the crash, you land at the scene. But nothing can prepare you for what you now find. So what do you do?

Professor Kevin Fong flies with the Helicopter Emergency Medical Service, making split-second, life-or-death decisions in the most extreme circumstances. In this gripping blend of memoir and reportage, he confronts a disturbing truth: sometimes even the best trained expert cannot know the right thing to do.

Telling stories of astonishing skill and catastrophic error, he shows that our ability to move at ever greater speeds in ever greater safety comes with a bitter irony: when something goes wrong – as it must – reacting quickly and effectively enough is now beyond human capability. Reflecting on his own dramatic experiences and those of war medics, pilots and surgeons, Fong considers how we might come to terms with the mess and blur of real decisions made in realtime.

The Prime Minister of Paradise

John Jeremiah Sullivan (Author)

As a student working in the dusty archives of the Sewanee Review, John Jeremiah Sullivan came across an article entitled ‘Lost Utopia of the American Frontier’ and was immediately hooked on the dramatic story of a lost book, an alternative history of the South, a white Indian. It was a story he’d chase for the next two decades.

In 1735, a charismatic German lawyer and accused atheist named Christian Gottlieb Priber fled Germany under threat of arrest, bound for colonial South Carolina. In the Cherokee village of Grand Tellico, he created a Utopian society that he named Paradise.

For six years, Paradise was governed by a set of revolutionary ideas that included racial equality, sexual freedom, and a lack of private property, ideas which he chronicled in a mysterious manuscript he called Paradise.

Priber’s ideas were so subversive that he was hunted for half a decade and eventually captured by the British – making headlines across the world – and imprisoned until his death. The only copy of Paradise was apparently destroyed.

Now, in a rare combination of ground-breaking research and stunning narrative skill, award-winning writer John Jeremiah Sullivan brings that lost history vividly to life.

Reasons for Optimism

Lily Cole (Author)

A Radical Guide to Thinking Differently About the World and Initiating Change

In 2013, Lily Cole was aware that change was needed in the world - big change. Global warming had reached terrifying heights of severity, human expansion and development had seen the extinction of countless species, and Neoliberalism and led to a destructive divide in wealth and to a polarisation of mainstream politics. And she believed that, in the face of such a gloomy predicament, the answer lay in optimism.

Taking inspiration from altruism-based communities, she launched Impossible, a platform (Impossible People) for people to give their time and skills to help others. Impossible has since evolved into an incubator and innovator, which uses design and technology to help solve social and environmental issues. Reasons for Optimism draws together Lily's knowledge, the experiences which led her to Impossible, and everything she has learned from the enterprise. In it she describes how we can build stronger communities, invest in sustainable solutions and ultimately divest ourselves of the enormous burden represented by capitalism and our current monetary system. Full of practical tips to help you instigate change, from how to build a community library to share books and knowledge, to how to launch a social network like Impossible, Reasons for Optimism is a radical vision for a new and better world.

How to Treat People

Molly Case (Author)

When Molly Case's father is admitted for major cardiac surgery on the high dependency unit she works on as a nurse, their two worlds collide, as Molly supports him through the fear and uncertainty of diagnosis and recovery. Structured around the standard nursing examination of a critically unwell patient, ABCDE (Airway, Breathing, Circulation, Disability and Exposure), How to Treat People delves into what it means to care, and what really matters to us when we are at our most vulnerable.

Weaving medical history, biography, family life and poetry, How to Treat People explores the oscillating rhythms of human experience, the importance of what we impart and the legacies we leave behind - a memoir that reminds us what it is to be human.

The Pope

Anthony McCarten (Author)

On 28 February 2013, a 600-year-old tradition was shattered: Pope Benedict XVI made a startling announcement. He would resign.

This story begins with the death of John Paul, through Benedict's election and reign - taking in the controversies that blighted the world's largest church - to his subsequent and shocking resignation. We see white smoke from the Sistine Chapel and a reluctant successor who breaks with tradition at once, declaring, I am a sinner. This is the most accurate definition. It is not a figure of speech, a literary genre. I am a sinner. Francis returns inside, invites the cardinals to join him, and serves them ice-cream.

From the prize-winning screenwriter of The Theory of Everything and Darkest Hour, The Pope is a poignant and often funny tale of an odd couple, of two very different men whose destinies converge and profoundly influence each other. What issues occupy the two men as they walk and talk in the Vatican gardens together, or later, when they share a light dinner, accompanied by Benedict's favorite drink, Fanta? This is both a biography of two popes and a story of the grace and extra wisdom that comes if a sinner can put their sins behind them.

Tim Cook

Leander Kahney (Author)

In 2011, Tim Cook took on an impossible task -- following in the footsteps of one of history's greatest business visionaries, Steve Jobs. Facing worldwide scrutiny, Cook (who was often described as shy, unassuming and unimaginative) defied all expectations. Under Cook's leadership Apple has soared: its stock has nearly tripled and it is within shouting distance of becoming the world's first $1 trillion company. From the massive growth of the iPhone to new victories like the Apple Watch, Cook is leading Apple to a new era of success.

But he's also spearheaded a cultural revolution within the company. Since becoming CEO, Cook has introduced a new style of management that emphasizes kindness, collaboration and honesty, and has quietly pushed Apple to support sexual and racial equal rights and invest heavily in renewable energy.

Drawing on authorized access with several Apple insiders, Kahney, the world's leading reporter on Apple, tells the inspiring story of how one man attempted to replace the irreplaceable and succeeded more than anyone thought possible.

The Gypsy Code

Mike Woodhouse (Author)

Mike Woodhouse had everything: an engineering business, a wine bar, a home, a Range Rover and a boat. Then he caught a group of travellers stealing from his warehouse. A car chase, petrol bombing and court case later, and everything had changed.

A marked man, Mike was forced to leave everything behind and move to the Peak District for a fresh start. But his old life was never far behind and when he fell for Charmane, a Romany Gypsy, kin to the very people he was hiding from, he knew he wouldn't be safe for much longer . . .

The Gypsy Code is a story of secret identity, revenge and forbidden love that's perfect for fans of Running with the Firm, Undercover and Soldier Spy.

My Puppy's First Year

Ebury Press (Author)

Capture and treasure your puppy’s early moments forever.

Every dog has its day – and some have their own book too!

From the first magical walk in the park, to your puppy’s hilarious misadventures and mishaps, this book offers you prompts and cues to record that first wonderful year together. In words and pictures, you can document how your puppy settles in, how he responds to the dreaded B-A-T-H, his favourite food and treats, the journeys you take together and his first Christmas, among many other precious memories that you won’t want to forget. Something you can cherish forever, My Puppy’s First Year is an invaluable record of your early days with your new best friend.

*Please note: this book is for life, not just for Christmas*

My Kitten's First Year

Ebury Press (Author)

Your memory book to capture and cherish the first year with your new kitten

‘Time spent with cats is never wasted’ – Sigmund Freud

There’s nothing more special than bringing your kitten home for the first time, watching him explore his new habitat with such simple and playful curiosity! My Kitten’s First Year is your special keepsake to record this magical memory and many more, from his hilarious misadventures and resting positions, to his favourite toys and places to be stroked, and to the first ‘present’ he brings you! With prompts for you to add words and pictures, this is a lasting testament to the wonderful relationship you share with your new kitten.

The Cut Out Girl

Bart van Es (Author)

An astonishing, moving story of a young girl's struggle for survival during war

'Luminous, elegant, haunting - I read it straight through' Philippe Sands, Author of East West Street

The last time Lien saw her parents was in the Hague, where she was collected at the door by a stranger and taken away to be hidden from the Nazis. She was raised by her foster family as one of their own, but a falling out after the war put an end of to their relationship. What was her side of the story, Bart van Es - a grandson of the couple who looked after Lien - wondered? What really happened during the war, and after? So began an investigation that would consume and transform both Bart's life and Lien's. This is an astonishing portrait of a young girl's struggle to survive war, and her powerful, tumultuous and painful ties with her foster family.

'Remarkable, deeply moving' Penelope Lively

'An awe-inspiring account of the tragedies and triumphs within the world of the Holocaust's "hide-away" children, and of the families who sheltered them' Georgia Hunter, author of We Were the Lucky Ones

'Harrowing and beautiful' The Bookseller

A Dog Named Beautiful

Robert Kugler (Author)

The heartwarming true story of the three-legged Labrador who helped her human to love life again.

Rob Kugler adopted his chocolate Lab Bella as a puppy - a bundle of fun and love, who could keep his girlfriend company while he headed off to fulfil his duties as a Marine. When his life fell apart, it was Bella who was there to help heal wounds. Sharing that special love that only exists between a dog and its human, Bella made Rob's life worth living again. So when Rob was told that Bella had cancer - first in her leg, which had to be amputated, and then in her lungs - he was devastated.

With only months of Bella's life left, he knew just what he had to do for his furry best friend. Determined to show her the same kind of unconditional love which she had always shown him, Rob decided to give Bella the farewell adventure of her doggie dreams. Travelling from coast to coast, criss-crossing the States, making new friends from every corner of the globe on their inspirational journey, along the way Bella taught Rob never to give up and always to live each day as though it's your last.

This is the true story of an an unbreakable bond, an incredible journey, and a heartbreaking but ultimately uplifting long goodbye.

The Volunteer

Jack Fairweather (Author)

How do you keep fighting in the face of unimaginable horror?

This is untold story of one of the greatest heroes of the Second World War.

In the Summer of 1940, after the Nazi occupation of Poland, an underground operative called Witold Pilecki accepted a mission to uncover the fate of thousands of people being interred at a new concentration camp on the border of the Reich.

His mission was to report on Nazi crimes and raise a secret army to stage an uprising. The name of the detention centre -- Auschwitz.

It was only after arriving at the camp that he started to discover the Nazi’s terrifying designs. Over the next two and half years, Witold forged an underground army that smuggled evidence of Nazi atrocities to the West, culminating in the mass murder of over a million Jews. His reports from the camp were to shape the Allies response to the Holocaust - yet his story was all but forgotten for decades.

This is the first major account of his amazing journey, drawing on exclusive family papers and recently declassified files as well as unpublished accounts from the camp’s fighters to show how he saved hundreds of thousands of lives.

The result is a enthralling story of resistance and heroism against the most horrific circumstances, and one man’s attempt to change the course of history.

Where Reasons End

Yiyun Li (Author)

From the critically acclaimed author of The Vagrants, a devastating and utterly original novel on grief and motherhood

'Days: the easiest possession. The days he had refused would come, one at a time. They would wait, every daybreak, with their boundless patience and indifference, seeing if they could turn me into a friend or an enemy to myself.'

A woman's teenage son takes his own life. It is incomprehensible. The woman is a writer, and so she attempts to comprehend her grief in the space she knows best: on the page, as an imagined conversation with the child she has lost. He is as sharp and funny and serious in death as he was in life itself, and he will speak back to her, unable to offer explanation or solace, but not yet, not quite, gone.

Where Reasons End is an extraordinary portrait of parenthood, in all its painful contradictions of joy, humour and sorrow, and of what it is to lose a child.

Praise for Yiyun Li:

'A masterpiece...[Puts] you in mind of Tolstoy or Chekhov' Sunday Times on The Vagrants

'This is a book of immense power and it will leave you reeling' New Statesman on The Vagrants

'Controlled understatement, scrupulous and unsparing lucidity... A work of great moral poise and dignity.I have not read such a compelling work in years' Independent

The Queen Speaks

Lady Leshurr (Author)

Lady Leshurr - queen of the grime scene - is a voice that needs to be heard.

Lady Leshurr is a rapper with a difference. A woman, from Birmingham, she reigns in a male dominated scene thanks to the strength of her talent and grit. Everything she has achieved, she has done it herself, so she says and does what she wants. Now she brings the attitude and integrity, humour and honesty that underpin her lyrics to a book. Her story includes frank conversation about anxiety, the secrets behind her musical and business success, social media and haters, and, of course, hair.

From her tough start on an estate in Birmingham to the top of the scene, Lady Leshurr has a unique vantage point and The Queen Speaks is as entertaining as it is relevant.

Leap

Raegan Moya-Jones (Author)

Entrepreneur and founder of aden + anais Raegan Moya-Jones's tells her story of how she built a multimillion-dollar business by playing by her own rules and going after her dreams.

Essayist John Burroughs' quote "Leap, and the net will appear" has been Raegan Moya-Jones' guiding principle throughout her life. That's why she ignored others' advice and took a risk, starting a side project selling high-quality swaddles, while working a full-time job and raising a family. This is the story of how she overcame adversity at every step to create aden + anais.

Raegan was the top salesperson at virtually every job she held but she was always held back and constantly told to stay in her box. It soon became obvious that her bosses (mostly male) did not like being questioned by an outspoken Aussie chick.

So Raegan decided to start a company-on her own terms. Instead of quitting her sales executive job at the Economist, she quietly built her business every night after putting her baby daughters to bed. And when it reached $1 million in revenue in just two lightning-fast years, she was finally ready to make the leap. Ten years later, she is the mother of four girls, she sets her own schedule, and her little company--aden + anais--has become an international brand with global revenue over $100 million. Now, Raegan's off on a new adventure.

In this clever, relatable and iconoclastic success story, Moya-Jones busts every myth and misconception about women in business. Her empowering story will show the hopeful entrepreneur that she doesn't have to know it all, as long as she's willing to leap. If Ragaen can do it, anyone can.

Raegan Moya-Jones is the founder and former CEO of aden + anais, an award-winning, baby and children's lifestyle brand globally renowned for its superior-quality products and unique design aesthetic. She is the founder and CEO of Saint Luna, a boutique moonshine company. She is the winner of the EY Entrepreneur of the Year award. Originally from Australia, Raegan now lives in Brooklyn with her husband and four daughters.

My Mother's Book

Elma van Vliet (Author)

When Elma van Vliet's mother became ill in 2001, she realised there was still so much she wanted to ask her. That's why she created a series of books to help share and preserve precious memories. Since then, more than three million people worldwide have used her books to tell their family's stories.

The Mother's Book is a guided journal that prompts your mother to share her memories, dreams, and wishes, asking her to record everything from her favourite band as a teenager and her childhood games to her proudest accomplishment and her first memory of you. Give it to her as a gift, get it back as a chronicle of her
life. The end result will be a deeply personal keepsake, one that helps you remember what is really important in life: the people we love and the stories we share with one another.

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