In Being Mortal, Gawande examines his experiences as a surgeon, as he confronts the realities of aging and dying in his patients and in his family, as well as the limits of what he can do. And he emer..
"A creature from an alternative universe . . . wanting to understand what is on the American mind should rush to the nearest bookstore and buy a copy of this distinguished anthology . . . Exhilarating..
"Undeniably exquisite . . . The essays in the collection [are] meditations that reveal not only how science actually happens but also who or what propels its immutable humanity." -- Maria Popova, "Bra..
"Excellent . . . A no-brainer pickup for the sports collection." -- "Booklist" "An affirmation of the strong state of American sportswriting." -- "Kirkus Reviews"From more than 350 national, regional,..
"Travel connoisseurs divide the world into those places they've been dying to visit or revisit and places they'd never set foot in but are glad someone else did. This year's volume of travel writing ...
'The hills only come back the same: I don't mind ...' begins Kirsty Gunn's "The Big Music", a novel that takes us to a new understanding of how fiction can affect us. Presented as a collection of foun..
A beautifully produced, small-format jacketed hardback with simple illustrations that are whimsical yet humorous. A book is to read. A book belongs in a library, on a bookshelf, in a bookshop, in your..
I am with you always, even unto the end of the world...From the author of Under the Skin and The Crimson Petal and the White, the first novel from Michel Faber in fourteen years is a wildly original t..
A 3lb mass of moist biological matter, the brain is locked away in the dark and silent fortress of the skull, and yet somehow it produces the extraordinary multi-sensory experience that comprises us, ..
James K. Baxter was a great twentieth-century poet. He once declared, 'In contradiction ...I was born.' Sometimes at odds with God, often at odds with conventional society, he was at the same time a p..
The Universe is the ultimate in extremes and superlatives. The biggest. The heaviest. The oldest. The most powerful explosions. Even black holes - which can literally lead to regions beyond our infini..
Why do underdogs succeed so much more than they should? How do the weak outsmart the strong? In David and Goliath Malcolm Gladwell takes us on a scintillating and surprising journey to uncover the hid..
Empress Dowager Cixi (1835-1908) is the most important woman in Chinese history. She ruled China for decades and brought a medieval empire into the modern age. At the age of 16, in a nationwide select..
Architecture is an all-embracing adventure without end. It is a story that can never be completed - not as long as mankind continues to build, to invent, to discover; it is the story told in this book..
Alexander von Humboldt (1769-1859) is the great lost scientist: more things are named after him than anyone else. There are towns, rivers, mountain ranges, the ocean current that runs along the South ..
When Bleddyn Butcher first saw The Birthday Party play, back in 1981, he was astonished. And then enthralled. He set about trying to catch their lightning in his Nikon F2AS. That quixotic impulse beca..
This is a beautiful new colouring book that takes you on a magical journey beneath the waves, from the creator of the worldwide best-sellers, Secret Garden and Enchanted Forest. With Lost Ocean, Johan..
300 stunning maps from all periods and from all around the world, exploring and revealing what maps tell us about history and ourselves. Selected by an international panel of cartographers, academics,..
From bestselling author Simon Winchester, the extraordinary story of how America was united into a single nation For more than two centuries, E pluribus unum - out of many, one - has been featured on ..
Imagine that Plato came to life in the twenty-first century and embarked on a multi-city speaking tour. How would he mediate a debate between a Freudian psychoanalyst and a 'tiger mum' on how to raise..
Clive James is one of our finest critics and best-loved cultural voices. He is also a prize-winning poet. Since he was first enthralled by the mysterious power of poetry, he has been a dedicated stude..
The Library of the Natural History Museum contains one of the most exciting and comprehensive collections of natural history literature and artworks to be found anywhere in the world. It holds over ha..
Over twenty years ago, Bill Bryson went on a trip around Britain to celebrate the green and kindly island that had become his home. The hilarious book he wrote about that journey, Notes from a Small I..
Rugby is New Zealand's national sport. From the grand tour by the 1888 Natives to the upcoming 2015 World Cup, from games in the North African desert in World War II to matches behind barbed wire duri..
Scott Schuman is back to complete his trilogy of street-style bibles. With a vibrant collection of beautiful images of the men and women who have caught his attention around the world, Schuman remains..
Candid and brilliantly funny, this is the story of how a tall, shy youth from Weston-super-Mare went on to become a comedy giant. En route, John Cleese describes his nerve-wracking first public appear..
No matter the conditions, or how well you surf, just paddling out on the ocean to await a wave somehow makes the world seem a better place. In this stunning series of photographic portraits, Jo Caird ..
The authoritative biography on that most fascinating of poets, Ted Hughes. Described by Andrew Motion as, alongside Larkin, 'one of the two great poets of the last half of the last century', Ted Hughe..
From the No. 1 bestselling author of What If? - the man who created xkcd and explained the laws of science with cartoons - comes a series of brilliantly simple diagrams ('blueprints' if you want to be..
Imagine if The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy were a real handbook...Internationally renowned astrophysicist Christophe Galfard takes us on a wonder-filled journey through the past, present and futu..
High up in the mountains of the southern Massif Central in France lie tiny, remote villages united by a long and particular history. During the Nazi occupation, the inhabitants of Le Chambon-sur-Ligno..
Vivienne Westwood is one of the icons of our age. Fashion designer, activist, co-creator of punk, global brand and grandmother; a true living legend. Her career has successfully spanned five decades a..
'Other things in the world are white but for me porcelain comes first.' A handful of clay from a Chinese hillside carries a promise: that mixed with the right materials, it might survive the fire of t..