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Alice Walker: Living by the Word

Alice Walker: Living by the Word

‘An extraordinarily diverse collection; pure Walker, fresh-eyed and sassy’ NEW YORK TIMES

Living by the Word is a memorable collection of essays, letters and journal extracts from Pulitzer Prize winner, Alice Walker.

In her own immaculate prose, Alice Walker opens an intimate window to her world – whether it be her troubled relationship with her father, her upbringing amidst the poverty of rural Georgia, her daughter Rebecca, or simply her joy in choosing plants for her garden, planning the colours of her home, or relishing the taste of freshly picked vegetables.

In other essays she explores themes such as the nature of dreams, justice, folklore and the role of ancestors. She details the story of Dessie Woods who was sent to jail for murdering her would-be rapist and highlights the role of racism and prejudice in the law’s treatment of black women.

Finally we travel with her on her journey to China, to Bali, and a visit to Nine Miles – the birthplace of the legendary Bob Marley.
Empire of Wild

Empire of Wild

A NO. 1 INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER
One of the most anticipated books of the summer for Time, Harper’s Bazaar, Bustle and Publishers Weekly

‘Deftly written, gripping and informative. Empire of Wild is a rip-roaring read!’
Margaret Atwood

Empire of Wild is doing everything I love in a contemporary novel and more. It is tough, funny, beautiful, honest and propulsive’
Tommy Orange, author of There There

‘Dimaline turns an old story into something newly haunting and resonant’
New York Times

‘An utterly compelling blend of propulsive narrative, starkly beautiful writing and passionate, near dysfunctional love’
Daily Mail

Broken-hearted Joan has been searching for her husband, Victor, for almost a year – ever since he went missing on the night they had their first serious argument. One hung-over morning in a Walmart parking lot in a little town near Georgian Bay, she is drawn to a revival tent where the local Métis have been flocking to hear a charismatic preacher. By the time she staggers into the tent the service is over, but as she is about to leave, she hears an unmistakable voice.

She turns, and there is Victor. Only he insists he is not Victor, but the Reverend Eugene Wolff, on a mission to bring his people to Jesus.

With only two allies – her Johnny-Cash-loving, 12-year-old nephew Zeus, and Ajean, a foul-mouthed euchre shark with deep knowledge of the old Métis ways – Joan sets out to remind the Reverend Wolff of who he really is. If he really is Victor, his life and the life of everyone she loves, depends upon her success.
Foot Work

Foot Work

‘Fascinating and eye-opening’ OWEN JONES

DO YOU KNOW WHERE YOUR SHOES COME FROM?
DO YOU KNOW WHERE THEY GO WHEN YOU’RE DONE WITH THEM?

In 2019, 66.6 million pairs of shoes were manufactured across the world every single day. They have never been cheaper to buy, and we have never been more convinced that we need to buy them. Yet their cost to the planet has never been greater. In this urgent, passionately argued book, Tansy E. Hoskins opens our eyes to the dark origins of the shoes on our feet. Taking us deep into the heart of an industry that is exploiting workers and deceiving consumers, we begin to understand that if we don’t act fast, this humble household object will take us to the point of no return.
Freud's Women

Freud's Women

A groundbreaking book which explores the impact of women on the development of Freud’s ideas.

No modern writer has affected our views on women as powerfully as Sigmund Freud. And none has been so virulently attacked for both his theories of femininity and for his alleged elevation of personal prejudice to universal pronouncement.

FREUD’S WOMEN examines that bold collaboration with his female patients which made psychoanalysis as much their creation as the young Viennese doctor’s. It explores Freud’s family life, his relations with daughter Anna, his ‘Antigone’, and his friendships with his followers. From the writer and turn of the century ‘femme fatale’, Lou Andreas Salome, to the socialist feminist, Helene Deutsch, early theorist of femininity, to Princesse Marie Bonaparte, who moved from couch to royal court with amazing facility and became head of the French psychoanalytic movement, Freud’s women friends and pupils were extraordinary.
Ideas

Ideas

A highly ambitious and lucid history of ideas from the very earliest times to the present day.

‘A masterpiece’ NEW STATESMAN

‘An extraordinary new book … This is the history of “ideas” as it has never presented before’ SUNDAY TELEGRAPH

In this hugely ambitious and exciting book Peter Watson tells the history of ideas from prehistory to the present day, leading to a new way of telling the history of the world. The book begins over a million years ago with a discussion of how the earliest ideas might have originated. Looking at animal behaviour that appears to require some thought: tool-making, territoriality, counting, language (or at least sounds), pairbonding.

Peter Watson moves on to the apeman and the development of simple ideas such as cooking, the earliest language, the emergence of family life. All the obvious areas are tackled: the Ancient Greeks, Christian theology, the ideas of Jesus, astrological thought, the soul, the self, beliefs about the heavens, the ideas of Islam, the Crusades, humanism, the Renaissance, Gutenberg and the book, the scientific revolution, the age of discovery, Shakespeare, the idea of Revolution, the Romantic imagination, Darwin, imperialism, modernism, Freud right up to the present day and the internet.
In Search of Our Mother's Gardens

In Search of Our Mother's Gardens

The first collection of Alice Walker’s non-fiction spanning fifteen years in the career of this remarkable writer.

This collection of essays is a celebration of the legacy of creativity – especially the rich vein of women’s stories and spirituality through the ages and how they nourish the present.

Alice Walker traces the umbilical thread linking writers through history – from her discovery of Zora Neale Hurston and her collections of black folklore, to the work of Jean Toomer, Buchi Emecheta and Flannery O’Connor. She also looks back at the highs and lows of the civil rights movement, her early political development, and the place of women’s traditions in art.

Coining the expression ‘womanist prose’, these are essays that value women’s culture and strength, and the handing on of the creative spark from one generation to another.
Love and Let Die

Love and Let Die

The Beatles are the biggest band there has ever been. James Bond is the single most successful movie character of all time. They are also twins. Dr No, the first Bond film, and ‘Love Me Do’, the first Beatles record, were both released on the same day – Friday, 5 October 1962. Most countries can only dream of a cultural export becoming a worldwide phenomenon on this scale. For Britain to produce two on the same windy October afternoon is unprecedented.

Bond and the Beatles present us with opposing values, visions of Britain and ideas about male identity. LOVE AND LET DIE is the story of a clash between working-class liberation and establishment control, and how it exploded on the global stage. It explains why James Bond hated the Beatles, why Paul McCartney wanted to be Bond and why it was Ringo who won the heart of a Bond Girl in the end.

Told over a period of sixty dramatic years, this is an account of how two outsized cultural monsters continue to define our aspirations and fantasies and the future we are building. Looking at these touchstones in this new context will forever change how you see the Beatles, the James Bond films and six decades of British culture.
Middle Classes

Middle Classes

The first general history of the English middle classes, based on BBC TV programme of which Will Self said “No simple overview can do justice to this programme – an exemplary series and mandatory viewing’.

Afternoon tea, the Women’s Institute, Mrs Beeton, department stores, suburbia, seaside holidays and cycling clubs – all preserves of the great middle class. But where did the middle classes come from? And what makes a person middle class today?

Although the term ‘middle class’ is part of our everyday language, the middle class has not been a feature of the British social scene from time immemorial. Drawing on the memories and life stories of individuals and families, as well as the words of distinguished historians and social commentators, this fascinating portrait of a people traces the roots of middle-class values in Victorian England through to the great educational reforms of the twentieth century. Panoramic and personal, this book provides a compelling picture of this influential social group and looks at what their future might be.
Terrible Beauty: A Cultural History of the Twentieth Century

Terrible Beauty: A Cultural History of the Twentieth Century

‘Breathtakingly entertaining, endlessly instructive, irresistibly enjoyable’ THE TIMES

‘A tour de force … breathtaking’ SPECTATOR

‘A magnificent achievement’ LITERARY REVIEW

TERRIBLE BEAUTY presents a unique narrative of the twentieth century. Unlike more conventional histories, where the focus is on political events and personalities, on wars, treaties and elections, this book concentrates on the ideas that made the century so rich, rewarding and provocative. Beginning with four seminal ideas which were introduced in 1900 – the unconscious, the gene, the quantum and Picasso’s first paintings in Paris – the book brings together the main areas of thought and juxtaposes the most original and influential ideas of our time in an immensely readable narrative.

From the creation of plastic to Norman Mailer, from the discovery of the ‘Big Bang’ to the Counterculture, from Relativity to Susan Sontag, from Proust to Salman Rushdie, and Henri Bergson to Saul Bellow, the book’s range is encyclopaedic. We meet in these pages the other twentieth century, the writers, the artists, the scientists and philosophers who were not cowed by the political and military disasters raging around them, and produced some of the most amazing and rewarding ideas by which we live. Terrible Beauty, endlessly stimulating and provocative, affirms that there was much more to the twentieth century than war and genocide.
The Alice Walker Collection

The Alice Walker Collection

This stunning ebook collection brings together the complete works of Alice Walker’s non-fiction and includes:

IN SEARCH OF OUR MOTHERS’ GARDENS;
LIVING BY THE WORD;
THE SAME RIVER TWICE;
ANYTHING WE LOVE CAN BE SAVED;
WE ARE THE ONES WE HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR; and
THE CHICKEN CHRONICLES

Whether discovering Alice Walker for the first time or finding works by her that you haven’t read before, this is a must-have collection from a true heavyweight of contemporary American letters.
The Book of Unexplained Mysteries

The Book of Unexplained Mysteries

Everybody loves a good mystery and sometimes the questions can be more interesting than the answers.
Will Pearson investigates twenty unique mysteries with their broad spectrum of strangeness. Some, like the sudden disappearance of the sailing ship Mary Celeste‘s passengers and crew have gained universal currency. Was the Wow! Signal a radio transmission form deep space, or was it the ambient resonating frequency of a passing comet? Cryptids like Bigfoot and the Loch Ness Monster teeter on the boundaries of probable and improbable, hoax and reality, fact and fiction.
Whether it be the intrigue of lost civilisations, like Göblekli Tepe in Turkey, sensationalist interest in The Zodiac Killer, or the elusive Shugborough Code that neither Dickens nor Darwin could crack, each unsolved mystery presents a challenge in its own way.
Occasionally, it can feel as if there’s a conspiracy at work – one in which scientists, journalists and ‘professional explainers’ want to put an end to anything and everything mysterious in life. Thankfully, not everything can be nailed down, sucked dry of its secrets and turned into a factoid.

Mysteries do still exist – and continue to tease us.




Sceptic or believer, the fun lies in probing them.
The Globotics Upheaval

The Globotics Upheaval

‘It might just save your life – and your children’s lives. The Globotics Upheaval is a manifesto for future-proofing our jobs and prosperity’ Sunday Times

Automation, artificial intelligence and robotics are changing our lives quickly – but digital disruption goes much further than we realize.

Richard Baldwin, one of the world’s leading globalization experts, argues that the inhuman speed of this transformation threatens to overwhelm our capacity to adapt. When technology enables people from around the world to be a virtual presence in any given office, globotics will disrupt the lives of millions of skilled workers much faster than automation, industrialization and globalization disrupted lives in previous centuries. What measures will people and governments take in response to such a tectonic economic and cultural shift? How do we avoid the prospect of undermining the very foundations of prosperity?

Whilst the changes are now inevitable, there are strategies that humanity can use to adapt to this new world, employing the indispensable skills that no machine can copy: creativity and independent thought. The Globotics Upheaval will help each of us prepare for the oncoming wave of the advanced robotic workforce.
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