David Mitchell makes comic observations on the absurdities of modern life – from Ryanair to Downton Abbey, sports day to smoking, nuclear weapons to phone etiquette, UKIP to hotdogs made of cats.
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Rick Bragg writes about the rock and roll pioneer from the American South who used his piano to drive the world into a music revolution. This biography includes encounters with legends such as Johnny Cash, John Lennon, Mick Jagger and more.
After former special forces soldier Ken Jones is caught in a horrific avalanche leaving him with severe injuries, Darkness Descending follows the next four freezing days and nights as he dragged himself to safety, battling with extreme pain, cold, and his swings between hope and despair.
Drawn from unpublished papers and diaries, this book recounts Margot Asquith’s unconventional time in 10 Downing Street – when socialising took precedence over politics – during the turbulent social changes from 1912 to 1916.
As the author reflects on the houses she’s lived in, Forster examines the relationship between ourselves and our homes, and the way houses shape the way we live our lives.
In this collection of lively and provocative pieces, Parks discusses about what readers want from books and how to look at the literature we encounter in a new light.
Judi Dench opens her personal photograph albums publicly for the first time. The private albums are augmented by photographs showing her work across 50 years of acting – on stage, film, and TV.
I Think I Can See Where You’re Going Wrong: Wisdom, amusement and bemusement from the Guardian’s readers by Mark Burrows
Dennison traces the inspiration, triumphs and contradictions of Vita’s extraordinary life. Devoted wife, literary celebrity, ‘Rose Queen’, reluctant courtier, recluse, lesbian, iconoclast – Dennison deftly weaves together the myriad strands of Vita’s life to create a revealing and insightful portrait of the woman behind the mask.
A Field Guide to Happiness: What I Learned in Bhutan about Living, Loving, and Waking Up by Linda Leaming (eBook)
Linda Leaming, a harried American traveled from Nashville, Tennessee, to the rugged Himalayan nation of Bhutan – sometimes called the happiest place on Earth – to teach English and unlearn her politicised and polarised, energetic and impatient way of life. Forced by circumstance and her rustic surroundings to embrace a simplified life, Leaming made room for more useful beliefs. This collection of stories, impressions, and suggestions is a little nudge, a push, a leg up into the rarefied air of paradise – of bright sunlight and beautiful views.