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  • The New York Times Book of Science: More than 150 Years of Groundbreaking Scientific Coverage

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    For more than 150 years, The New York Times has been in the forefront of science news reporting. These 125 articles from its archives are the very best, covering more than a century of scientific breakthroughs, setbacks, and mysteries.

  • The News: A User’s Manual by Alain de Botton

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    In his latest book, writer-philosopher Alain de Botton focuses his attention on a subject that relies upon the written word but about which not much has been written, a thing that is so familiar to us but which we seldom pause to examine the inner workings of: the news. In eight chapters, including ones titled ‘Politics’, ‘Economics’, ‘Celebrity’ and ‘Disaster’, de Botton considers the impact of this constant stream of information on us, as well as posing ways for us to read the news so that it informs us instead of enthralling us. Interesting, erudite, and original, The News: A User’s Manual is an important book for anyone who wishes to, quite simply, know more.

  • The Nowhere Man: An Orphan X Novel – Greg Hurwits

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    We’ve enjoyed thrillers like the bestseller I am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes, and last year the wonderfulOrphan X, the first of a series by Greg Hurwitz featuring Evan Smoak, who has definitely given poor Jack Reacher a run for his money.

  • The Ocean at the End of the Lane – Neil Gaiman

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    Dive into a magical novel of memory and the adventure of childhood, from one of the brightest, most brilliant writers of our generation. It began for our narrator forty years ago when the family lodger stole their car and committed suicide in it, stirring up ancient powers best left undisturbed.

  • The One-in-a-Million Boy – Monica Wood

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    A poignant story about the unlikely relationship between a 104-year-old Lithuanian immigrant, Ona, and an 11-year-old boy. The boy is assigned to help Ona with her household tasks for a scout’s merit badge. The two share a social awkwardness, but they form a unique bond as Ona’s prickly defences are overcome by the boy’s obsession with the Guinness World Records, and his wish to assist Ona in reaching one. Then the boy inexplicably dies and his father, Quinn, tries to better understand a son he battled to connect with. It seems he can do this through knowing Ona, and rediscovering his son through her eyes. Wood’s characters are beautifully drawn, and her writing is eloquent. The sad theme doesn’t monopolize the book emotionally. It is the peculiar beauty of the relationships between the characters which make this book so special.

  • The Order of Time – Carlo Rovelli

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    Time is a mystery that does not cease to puzzle us. Philosophers, artists and poets have long explored its meaning while scientists have found that its structure is different from the simple intuition we have of it.

  • The Oscar Wilde Collection – Oscar Wilde

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    Oscar Wilde (16 October 1854 – 30 November 1900) was an extremely popular Irish writer and poet who wrote in different forms throughout his career and became one of London’s most popular playwrights in the early 1890s. Today he is remembered for his epigrams, plays and the strange circumstances of his imprisonment, followed by his early death.

  • The Other Mrs Walker by Mary Paulison-Ellis

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    The Other Mrs Walker is a debut novel. Margaret Penny is in her 40s and returns to her mother’s flat in Edinburgh, disillusioned and in desperate need of work. She finds a job in the Office For Lost People, and her first search is for any remaining relatives of an old woman, Mrs Walker, who has died alone. When Mrs Walker dies, she leaves only a few, cryptic and discarded items to guide Margaret in her investigation. The story deepens through a series of snapshots from London in the 1930s to present day Edinburgh, and the reader glimpses cameos of the past lives of both the Penny and Walker families. A link between them is suggested and I was drawn throughout the book by the guesswork and curiosity this created.  Fluid, moving and even harrowing at times, this is a beautiful story of loss, isolation and finding one’s way regardless.

  • The Otters’ Tale – Simon Cooper

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    When Simon Cooper bought an abandoned water mill that straddles a small chalkstream in southern England, little did he know that he would come to share the mill with a family of wild otters. Yet move in they did, allowing him to begin to observe them, soon immersing himself in their daily routines and movements. He developed an extraordinary close relationship with the family, which in turn gave him a unique insight into the life of these fascinating creatures.

  • The Outsider – Stephen King

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    Old-school horror and another masterpiece from King: The brutal (and frankly, difficult to process) murder of an 11-year-old boy and the evidence points conclusively to a Little League coach, English teacher and father Terry Maitland.

  • The Pearl Sister – Lucinda Riley

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    Christmas Choice 2017

    CeCe D’Apliese has never felt she fitted in anywhere. Following the death of her father, the elusive billionaire Pa Salt – so-called by the six daughters he adopted from around the globe and named after the Seven Sisters star cluster – she finds herself at breaking point. Dropping out of art college, CeCe watches as Star, her beloved sister, distances herself to follow her new love, leaving her completely alone. In desperation, she decides to flee England and discover her past; the only clues she has are a black-and-white photograph and the name of a woman pioneer who lived in Australia over one hundred years ago.

  • The President Is Missing – James Patterson & Bill Clinton

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    A very exciting duo for Patterson fans: a thriller written with ex-president Clinton in which the fictional Jonathan Lincoln Duncan bears some resemblance to Clinton in personal detail.