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Open to Ghosts: Writing The Optician of Lampedusa

Our Non-fiction Book of the Month for November, The Optician of Lampedusa, is a volume that has the power to provoke true change. It is the sum of desperate, human horror: an ordinary man suddenly pitched against unimaginable circumstance. Award-winning BBC journalist Emma-Jane Kirby was no stranger to the misery of the migrant plight, but something in this account – which began, as was usual, as a piece for radio – simply refused to fade away. Exclusive for Waterstones, Kirby looks back on the book’s beginnings.

£5 of every copy sold will be donated to Oxfam in support of their work with refugees.

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Matchstick Scientist: Helen Czerski’s Mancunian Heritage

Helen Czerski is a physicist, oceanographer and broadcaster with a passion for revealing the wonder in our everyday lives. Her fascination with the world of fast-moving, small-scale phenomena led her first to undertake a PhD in Experimental Explosive Physics at Cambridge University and has since led her to the study of ocean bubble formation. Her first book A Storm in a Teacup is a brilliantly entertaining introduction to physics in general that manages to make this hugley complex topic accessible to all.

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Graham Sharpe reflects on Judging the William Hill Sports Book of The Year Award

We are delighted and honoured to present the following article by Graham Sharpe, chair of judges and co-founder of the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award. Here, on the afternoon of the award's shortlist announcement, he reflects on the award's illustrious twenty-eight year history and touches on the tragic loss of his life-long friend and award co-founder John Gaustad.

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