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The Waterstones Round Up: September's Best Books

Posted on 5th August 2022 by Mark Skinner

Richard Osman. Robert Harris. Stephen King. Kate Atkinson. September really does see the big names of the book world flex their literary muscles with exciting new releases across both fiction and non-fiction. From the debut novel from Dan Jones to a grimdark masterpiece by R.F. Kuang and from the definitive biography of Sir Terry Pratchett to Jamie Oliver's latest, essential cookbook, there are boundless delights heading your way this month.


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Evoking the bohemian atmosphere of Jazz Age London and peppered with unforgettable larger-than-life characters, Shrines of Gaiety finds the award-winning author of Life After Life on peerless form as she recounts the spectacular story of Nellie Croker, queen of the capital's nightlife.
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An epic tour de force that takes in the key political events of the postwar world, Lessons finds the masterful McEwan addressing the interconnectedness of personal motivation and the merciless onrush of the tide of history.
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From the classicist and author of A Thousand Ships and Pandora's Jar comes another bravura reimagining of Greek myth as the story of Medusa is transformed into a powerful meditation on mortality, betrayal and the cruel limits of beauty.
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Best known for swashbuckling narrative history like Crusaders and Powers and Thrones, Jones delivers his debut historical novel with this page-turning account of a band of hardened British soldiers deep in enemy territory during the Hundred Years War.
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The award-winning author of Home Fire delivers a characteristically insightful and compelling examination of identity, friendship and the contradictions of contemporary London as two Pakistani women confront the disturbing ghosts of their past.
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From the author of Never Greener and Us Three comes a heartwarming and compassionate novel of mothers, daughters and final chances as nonagenarian Grace seeks to heal a decades long family rift.
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From the bestselling author of How Do You Like Me Now comes a blisteringly funny and heartbreaking novel of female friendship at its strongest - and at its most vulnerable.
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The author of Before the Coffee Gets Cold and Tales from the Café returns with another warm hug of a book, interweaving the stories of four new customers at the celebrated time-travelling café.
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The first chapter in a sweeping and evocative new historical series from the author of Notes from the Burning Age, Ithaca recounts the timeless story of Penelope who, waiting for the return of her husband Odysseus from the Trojan War, is hounded by prospective suitors.
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Blistering satire from the pen of the award-winning author of May We Be Forgiven and This Book Will Save Your Life, The Unfolding finds the Big Guy reeling from political bombshells as his family implode around him.
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The adult sequel to Boyne's seminal YA novel of the holocaust The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, All the Broken Places finds an elderly woman reliving the horrors of her wartime childhood after an unexpected arrival in the block of London flats in which she now lives.

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The sequel to Greer's riotous, award-winning comic novel Less finds our hapless hero embark on a hilarious literary tour of the United States in the company of an ever-changing cast of colourful characters, a black pug called Dolly and a rusty camper van.
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Setting the daughter of a deposed sultan, her doctor husband and the Royal Chemist on course for an ancient island on the brink of catastrophe, the Nobel Prize-winning author of My Name Is Red delivers a dazzling historical epic set against the backdrop of the declining Ottoman Empire.

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The broadcaster and acclaimed author of Home Stretch returns with another nuanced, funny and emotionally uplifting novel probing unlikely relationships and meddlesome gossip in small-town Ireland.
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From the king of contemporary romance and author of runaway bestsellers The Notebook and The Wish comes another sweeping love story about the enduring power of harbouring dreams.

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Following up the hugely entertaining The Spanish Love Deception with another slice of deliciously escapist romance, Armas spins a funny and sexy story of two New Yorkers forced to share an apartment.
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The adored bestselling poet returns with a deliciously witty countryside satire in verse, packed full of indignant fishermen, grumpy farmers and a wonderful cast of woodland creatures with their own strongly held opinions.
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The much-loved poet behind Milk and Honey and Home Body presents a guide to mindfulness and self-love through the act of writing, blending her own luminous verse with profound and empathetic advice for exploration through art.
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Osman's beloved ageing investigators return in another captivating mystery that blends wry wit and deft characterisation with fast-paced, intricate plotting.
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Alternating between the perspectives of a brutal serial killer and the forensic pathologist on their trail, the debut crime thriller from the co-host of the chart-topping true crime podcast Morbid is a chillingly authentic page-turner par excellence.

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Turning his masterly pen to the dramatic manhunt for the murderers of King Charles I, the bestselling author of Munich and V2 delivers a gripping, continent-spanning tale about treason and justice.
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Featuring huge names from across the literary spectrum - including Leigh Bardugo, Lucy Foley and Val McDermid - this irresistible collection of short mysteries reimagines Agatha Christie's seminal sleuth through a dozen different pairs of eyes.
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When a slippery billionaire claims he can reverse the climate crisis and James Bond has been captured by enemy forces, a trio of MI6's finest agents are sent to investigate in this pulsating spy thriller set in the world of 007.

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The fifth instalment of the page-turning William Warwick series showcases all of Jeffrey Archer's manifold gifts for perfect plotting, unbearable suspense and masterful storytelling.
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From the author of Watch Her Fall comes a truly ingenious thriller about a decades-old literary treasure hunt and the sinister passions and obsessions that are reignited when a cult mystery picture book is reissued.
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From the author of The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair comes a fiendish, intricately structured mystery centred on dynastic intrigue at a Swiss bank and a mysterious hotel with a missing room.

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The bestselling phenomenon and author of It Ends With Us spins the irresistible tale of a struggling writer who discovers more than she bargained for when she accepts an offer to ghost-write an injured author's new work.
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The latest intensely gripping instalment in James' award-winning series finds Detective Superintendent Roy Grace plunged into the mystifying and exclusive world of fine art, when a priceless painting turns up in a car boot sale.

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In the tenth instalment in Cleeves's irresistible Northumberland police procedural series, Vera Stanhope is called to investigate the murder of a man fired for misconduct allegations during a reunion of some of his oldest friends.

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From the author of the Ruth Galloway series comes a gripping crime thriller featuring D.I. Harbinder Kaur, as a school reunion turns deadly for a police officer involved in a murder three decades previously.
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Ancient Egypt is under deadly threat from the brutal Hyksos and the fate of a great empire lies in the hands of a single spy in this explosive saga from the king of historical adventure.
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The master storyteller returns with a spellbinding story of mysterious houses, parallel worlds and reluctant heroes as an ordinary high school kid discovers a portal to a universe populated by classic fairy tale archetypes.
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One of the leading lights in the visceral grimdark fantasy genre, Kuang's stunningly wrought novel is a compulsive dystopia about the power of language and the evils of authoritarianism, represented by the looming titular tower of translation.
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Ablaze with secrets, betrayal and romance, the seductive closing part of the bestselling Kingdom of the Wicked trilogy presents Maniscalco’s fearless heroine with the final, dark mystery – and one that might end up costing Emilia her heart.
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Another sumptuous adventure full of passion, intrigue and forbidden magic awaits Evangeline Fox and the Prince of Hearts in the sequel to Stephanie Garber’s bestselling Once Upon A Broken Heart.
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Novik's superlative Scholomance trilogy concludes in spectacular style as the dark school of magic begins its final assault against its terrified yet resourceful students.
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The author of The House in the Cerulean Sea delivers another pitch-perfect slice of beautifully wrought queer fantasy, as violence tears apart the shapeshifting wolf pack Ox calls family and a face from his past reawakens powerful emotions.
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Filled with secrets, conspiracy and romance, this evocative slice of historical fiction from the author of These Violent Delights sees a young assassin fight for the greater good in 1930s Shanghai.
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Emery’s life turns precarious when her first love returns to the town he left fourteen years ago under a terrible cloud in Young’s rich and deeply evocative close-community fantasy, suffused with magic and dark folklore.
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A hunting party gone awry, dangerous ambitions and rumours of conspiracy set the stage for a spellbinding tale of loyalty and revenge in Rowland’s mesmerising new fantasy romance.
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Fully updated in a beautiful new hardback edition, this definitive encyclopedia of everything Middle-earth is the perfect companion to the seminal writing of J.R.R. Tolkien.
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The sequel to Pheby's universally acclaimed and monumental fantasy epic Mordew delves even deeper into the vividly realised world inhabited by assassins, demi-gods, occult weapons and the sinister Master and Mistress.
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Seeking to save her sister's life, Ning travels to the imperial city to compete in a highly dangerous tournament in this evocative and imaginative fantasy steeped in Chinese mythology and courtly intrigue.
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A fantastically heart-racing Halloween read, this irresistibly spooky slice of romcom from the author of The Hating Game follows Frankenstein’s sister who undertakes an ambitious scientific project of her own: creating 'a perfect man'.
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Witchy rivalry, hot romance and plenty of magic, The Kiss Curse is an irresistibly witty and whimsical romcom perfect for fans of Sabrina the Teenage Witch and The Gilmore Girls.

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Featuring three dark, utterly unforgettable tales of body horror, Things Have Gotten Worse Since We Last Spoke And Other Misfortunes blends heavy themes with striking imagery and masterful language.

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From juicy tahini chicken to Hassleback aubergine pie, the one and only Jamie Oliver returns with an exciting new book that simply bursts with inspiration for relaxed home cooking, with over 120 recipes that can all be cooked in a single pan.
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From perfect portable bites for picnics and sumptuous breakfast pastries to stunning cakes and decadent desserts, Nadiya Hussain serves up a glorious selection of new recipes for stress-free everyday baking.
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From plum compote with ricotta and hazelnuts to perfect anchovy dressing, this stunning collection of recipes from the celebrated chef is a love song to simple dishes crafted with the finest ingredients.
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From pork pot roast to self-saucing cherry and chocolate pudding, Tom Kerridge serves up an irresistible selection of tasty dishes in this fabulously laid-back cookbook brimming with kitchen inspiration.
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The much-loved chef and author of the classic Roasting Tin series returns with a collection of South Indian and Bengali-inspired dishes to tickle anybody's tastebuds, from mini naan pizzas with lime and coriander paneer to mango and cardamom lassi.
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Another wonderful addition to the Test Kitchen series, Extra Good Things mines all of Ottolenghi and his team's dazzling skills at combining flavours and working with everyday ingredients to produce an invaluable recipe guide.
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From an indulgent Mac and Cheese to a mouthwatering Sunday Lunch Crumble Cake, Mary Berry returns with 120 utterly irresistible recipes that help you to create maximum flavour with minimal time and effort.
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This delightful new volume from the beloved Mob Kitchen serves up a hundred recipes for irresistibly fresh and flavoursome everyday dishes, from juicy grilled chicken burgers to carrot and tahini sheet cake.
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In the latest mouthwatering addition to the popular River Cottage series, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall celebrates food made healthier by embracing nutritious ingredients and provides heaps of culinary inspiration for leafy curries, wholesome stews, teatime treats and more.
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From speedy fridge-raid lunches to show-stopping canapés, Dame Prue Leith celebrates the culinary possibilities of sliced bread with an inspiring and inventive selection of toppings.
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Using ten staple ingredients from his pantry, the renowned chef takes Italian home cooking back to mouthwatering basics with a hundred delicious recipes that anyone can make.
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An annual delight for all wine lovers, Hugh Johnson’s indispensable up-to-the-minute guide reveals the best vintages to buy in 2023, plus fascinating insights into different regions and growers.
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Adorned with photographs of food and local scenery, this sumptuous volume is a expansive love letter to British cuisine, covering over 550 classic and regional dishes from Shepherd’s Pie to Haggis and more.
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Making delicious North African cuisine even more accessible, this mouthwatering cookbook from the team behind the acclaimed Moro offers a host of pared back recipes from courgette, lemon and manchego salad to spiced potato cake with egg.
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A celebration of all the Italian matriarchs who have crafted mouthwatering recipes through the generations, Gino's big-hearted and thoroughly delicious cookbook bursts with vitality and flavour.
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Davina McCall breaks the shameful silence over the menopause in this groundbreaking book which discusses every aspect with candour, rigour and common sense.

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Stacey Solomon follows up her bestselling self-help book Tap to Tidy with another accessible and entertaining guide to DIY hacks and major renovation projects, all delivered with her trademark warmth and charm.

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The inimitable The Repair Shop star guides the reader through the choppy waters of home improvement, offering a plethora of practical and inspiring advice on how to do it yourself, room by room, with confidence.
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Despite making his name as an online sensation, Youtube star and author Joe Sugg also recognises the importance of switching off the digital world and letting the great outdoors in, and in Grow he delivers his invaluable guide to maintaining a healthy balance between screen and green.
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The no-nonsense author of Not a Life Coach and Not a Diet Book sets out his candid, practical measures for improving self-esteem and confidence and living a genuinely happy and fulfilling life.
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From ensuring your kitchen cupboard is sensibly stocked to helping a friend through IVF, the Guardian's beauty editor offers a host of invaluable tips for navigating modern life.
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From the bestselling author of The Fear Bubble and Zero Negativity comes another motivational book which offers practical approaches for those moments when we feel like we’ve hit a wall, showing how we can move on.
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Hailed by the likes of David Beckham and Joe Wicks, Davies’ brilliant book shares his ultimate strategies and techniques with which to heal, reset and restore your body.
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Penned by one of the people who knew him best, this official biography of the storytelling genius that was Terry Pratchett draws on both Pratchett's own unpublished notes and interviews from close friends and family to create a resounding tribute to a unique literary talent.
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The medic and author of the mega-selling This is Going to Hurt reflects on what happened after he left the NHS frontline in this characteristically sardonic and laugh-out-loud follow-up destined to become a modern classic.
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A superlative biography of the Queen of Crime from one of our most noted historians, Worsley's page-turning volume emphasises not just Christie's unique gifts as a storyteller but her pioneering qualities as a determined, successful and thoroughly modern woman.
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The groundbreaking first Black editor of British Vogue tells his story from working-class outsider to the apex of the fashion industry and how he has always championed inclusion and representation in the worlds of design and photography.
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The bookshop veteran and author of The Diary of a Bookseller returns with more esoteric anecdotes and eccentric vignettes from his literary emporium.
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The actor and social media star delivers a frank and frequently laugh-out-loud funny account of living with Borderline Personality Disorder that reveals essential information about the complexities of the condition in an accessible, entertaining and even uplifting way.
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Born out of his late wife's entreaty to Grant to find a pocketful of happiness in each day, this tender, moving and frequently hilarious memoir tracks back and forth through the Withnail & I actor's stellar career, entwining juicy showbiz gossip with uplifting reflections on hope and everyday joy.

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With his customary wit and warmth, Lenny Henry charts the earlier parts of his acting and comedic career, taking in the creative and personal highs and lows in this wonderfully immersive memoir.
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From chairing Question Time for a quarter of a century to being the voice of countless historic events, David Dimbleby is one of the nation's most beloved figures, and Keep Talking is his witty, illuminating and uninhibited account of a life spent at the heart of broadcasting.
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The popular presenter and former Big Brother and X Factor star Rylan Clark reflects on fame, family, identity, mental health and much more from a decade in the limelight in this moving, big-hearted memoir.

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The loveable, hapless James and Clair transfer the chaos and comedy of their highly popular vlog to a side-splitting book detailing the madness of their everyday home life.
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Documenting the people, music and cultural phenomena that have had an impact on him both as a musician and a human being, Gary Barlow's intimate and warm-hearted memoir provides a fascinating portrait of one of Britain's great songwriters.
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The artist formerly known as Sporty Spice holds forth on her whirlwind career with one of the biggest music acts of all time, imparting both fascinating memories of her showbiz lifestyle and darker stories of how fame can be manipulated by the media and the music industry.
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Based on interviews with his long-time friend and journalist Sean O’Hagan, the iconic singer-songwriter's stunning new book reflects on various themes from collaboration to catastrophe and grief to creativity, with immense honesty and intimacy.
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Part-sporting memoir and part-self-help manual, How (Not) To Be Strong chronicles Alex Scott's journey from the East End to international football stardom and broadcasting mainstay with candour and heart, revealing a vulnerable side to the driven athlete that the public seldom sees.
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Ranging from crazy cricketing dilemmas to hilarious advice for life's unexpected situations, one of British sport's most charismatic figures holds forth in this hugely entertaining volume bursting with great anecdotes.
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From the tennis court to the television studio, Britain's former number one female player reveals all about the determination and talent it took to get to the top, as well as shining a light on the glamorous world of 1970s and 1980s tennis.

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Passionate and persuasive, Neville's investigation into the rotten state of modern football spotlights the issues that urgently need tackling for smaller clubs to survive and fans not to be priced out of the game they love.
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The master storyteller of real-life espionage turns his attention to the Second World War's most notorious prison and the rich cast of colourful characters who attempted to break free from its walls.

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From superpower leaders to Cuban peasants, the acclaimed military historian and author of Operation Pedestal takes a panoramic look at the most nerve-jangling episode in twentieth-century history, when Cold War tensions threatened to explode into nuclear conflagration.

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Based on the popular radio show in which he is a star performer and executed in his customarily uproarious style, Gyles Brandreth’s endlessly entertaining volume takes the reader on an unforgettable tour of British history in which each topic is presented in dizzying one-minute instalments.
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The beloved author whose oeuvre has covered everything from maps to the colour mauve delivers a fascinating history of encyclopaedias, paying homage to those who invented this ground-breaking publishing phenomenon and thus allowed unprecedented access to information.
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Through a series of searching profiles of twentieth century leaders the eminent historian and author of Hitler analyses how both totalitarian states and democracies have relied on charismatic figureheads to achieve their ends.

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From the bestselling author of A People's Tragedy and Natasha's Dance comes a vibrant, authoritative history of the competing ideologies and self-perpetuating mythologies that have informed Russian history from the formation of the state of Rus to Putin's invasion of Ukraine.
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The acclaimed historian and author of How to Be a Dictator delivers a timely, richly detailed and endlessly fascinating chronicle of China’s emergence as an economic global superpower and the enduring legacy of Mao’s regime in the way it operates.
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With a propulsive narrative drive and drawing from the first-person accounts of veterans, the master historian and author of Crucible of Hell charts the story of the first US troops to take part in the Second World War, from their first mission on the Guadalcanal to their final entanglement on the shores of Japan.
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Former Liberal Democrat leader Vince Cable provides insightful commentary on a host of perceptive quotes from political giants in this thoroughly entertaining and revelatory guide to a turbulent career at Westminster.
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International in scope and at once both urgent and entertaining, Why Governments Get It Wrong is a timely examination of the art of policymaking, its worst pitfalls and what politicians need to do to avoid them.
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In this vital and passionate book, computer scientist Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon explores the dangers of the current gender imbalance in her field and offers practical, long overdue solutions for ensuring the tech story shaping our world is as inclusive as possible.
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A paean to many artists as well as various art forms often overlooked or dismissed, this exciting revisionist history of art turns the limelight on female creativity and the way it has shaped and enriched our world.
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In this sumptuous and beautifully illustrated volume, the BBC Changing Rooms star and champion of Maximalism offers his best interior design tips for curating your own perfect lavish haven of abundance at home.
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Stunningly illustrated and endlessly illuminative, Wells’ authoritative yet accessible volume on the golden age of the cathedral leads the reader on a fascinating journey through 1000 years of striking ecclesiastical architecture.
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Detailing Jeremy's continued misadventures on his chaotic Chipping Norton farm, 'Til the Cows Come Home delivers big laughs and scene-stealing animals aplenty.
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The author of the beloved bestsellers The Salt Path and The Wild Silence documents her and her husband Moth's most ambitious journey yet, as they walk from the north-west corner of Scotland down the south-west coast path, reflecting on community and the environment along the way.
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A brilliant compilation of lore, recipes, folk songs and the rhythms of the natural world, The Almanac: A Seasonal Guide to 2023 provides an inspiring compass for the upcoming year, beautifully illustrated by arist Whooli Chen.
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From snowy boreal forests to ice-covered mountain peaks, this gorgeously illustrated accompaniment to David Attenborough’s groundbreaking series leads the reader on an incredible journey into the frozen parts of our planet.
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Bringing together one hundred celebrated bird paintings by Jim Moir aka funnyman Vic Reeves, this gorgeous volume is a beautiful celebration of our feathered friends and a perfect gift for any fan of avifauna.
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Filled with Michel Palin’s characteristic warmth, humour and grace, Into Iraq paints a fascinating portrait of a complex country few outsiders now venture to see, taking in its long and dramatic history, steep contrasts, and the author’s unforgettable encounters with its people.

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From cooling the atmosphere by opening everyone's freezer doors to making a lava lamp out of actual lava, the gleefully eccentric author of What If? tackles more absurd questions from the public using sober and level-headed science.

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The celebrated physician and author of In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts deconstructs definitions of normal both in relation to illness and trauma and to concepts of Western cultural living in this highly perceptive, game-changing volume.
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In this optimistic, grounded and highly readable book, one of the giants of contemporary philosophy delivers a visionary, persuasive argument for longtermism – and the idea that the key moral priority of our time is to try and positively influence the distant future.
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From the subjugation of women throughout history to vistas of a future where intuitive reactions are ungendered, behavioural scientist Pragya Agarwal delivers an eye-opening exploration of the myths and science that have been used in the gendering of emotions.
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Chronicling the bewildering transition from doctor to patient that the former brain surgeon and author of Do No Harm experienced upon his cancer diagnosis, And Finally is a masterful meditation on mortality and the importance of a life well lived.
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