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Awards:Shortlisted for Society of Biology Book Awards: General Biology Book 2015.

100,000 years ago, at least six human species inhabited the earth. Today there is just one. Us. Homo sapiens. How did our species succeed in the battle for dominance? Why did our foraging ancestors come together to create cities and kingdoms? How did we come to bel... read more

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
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Broadcaster Richard Fidler and author Kari GĂ­slason are good friends. They share a deep attachment to the sagas of Iceland - the true stories of the first Viking families who settled on that remote island in the Middle Ages.These are tales of blood feuds, of dangerous women and people... read more

Saga Land
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London, early May 1940- Britain is on the brink of war and Neville Chamberlain's government is about to fall. It is hard for us to imagine the Second World War without Winston Churchill taking over at the helm, but in SIX MINUTES IN M... read more

Six Minutes in May: How Churchill Unexpectedly Became Prime Minister
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I can still feel, as if it were yesterday, the excitement of my first Channel crossing (as a child of nearly 7) in September 1936; the regiment of porters, smelling asphyxiatingly of garlic in their blue-green blousons; the raucous sound all around me of spoken French; the immense fields of Nor... read more

France
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A masterful writing style that is not only unique in biology but without equal in the whole of Dutch literature. The Story of Shitshows Dekkers once again to be in possession of a golden pen.' New Scientist
We are very discreet. We disappear into a small room, perform the task,... read more

The Story of Shit
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A quirky and literary book about the umbrella, exploring its history and cultural and literary significance. You will never think of the humble brolly in the same way again.

Brolliology: A History of the Umbrella in Life and Literature
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Have you ever wondered who came up with a staircase that moved, leading eventually to the creation of the escalator? The genius of some inventions is their simplicity: the paperclip, rivets, boomerangs. Many of the items, processes, concepts, medical firsts, a... read more

1001 Inventions That Changed The World
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As the clock strikes the end of the war, the time begins to turn towards a new age -- the one we call now. This shift does not happen overnight, from one day to the next; instead, the world vibrates for a number of years. People try to find their way back to homes that are no long... read more

1947: When Now Begins
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Get the lowdown on some of the most significant misjudgments of all time.Revisit history's biggest miscalculations and the people who made them. From Adam and Eve to Rasputin and General Custer, meet heroes and villains from throughout the ages. Illustrated with full-colour ph... read more

The Worst Decisions... Ever!
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For over three and a half years, from 1779 to 1783, the tiny territory of Gibraltar was besieged and blockaded, on land and at sea, by the overwhelming forces of Spain and France. It became the longest siege in British history, and the obsession with sav... read more

Gibraltar: The Greatest Siege in British History
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The story of sugar, and of mankind's desire for sweetness in food and drink is a compelling, though confusing story. It is also an historical story. The story of mankind's love of sweetness - the need to consume honey, cane sugar, beet sugar and chemic... read more

Sugar: The World Corrupted: From Slavery to Obesity
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Members of the last generation of inmates and staff return to the now-forgotten prison to tell the true and brutal story of Pentridge before developers bury it forever.Rupert Mann has worked with the past all his life, and is interested in how we use, forget, and c... read more

Pentridge: Voices From the Other Side
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