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OUR BOOK OF THE MONTH IS BEAUTIFUL WORLD, WHERE ARE YOU BY SALLY ROONEY
OUR BOOK OF THE MONTH IS BEAUTIFUL WORLD, WHERE ARE YOU BY SALLY ROONEY

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    James Fenton

    A Garden From A Hundred Packets Of Seeds

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    ‘It seemed a simple and interesting idea: what plants would you choose if starting a garden from scratch, given that you were only allowed to propagate them from seed? ... The emphasis is on childish simplicity of approach, and economy of outlay.’ – James Fenton In this light-hearted gardening book, James Fenton describes a hundred plants he would choose to grow from seed. Flowers for colour, size, or exotic interest; herbs and meadow flowers; climbing vines and tropical species… Here is a ha...

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    Simon Heffer

    A Short History Of Power

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    From Macaulay in the 19th century to Fukuyama in the late 20th, historians have often been lulled into thinking that things can only get better. Such belief in progress, argues Simon Heffer, may be typical of times of plenty, but it ignores a less palatable truth: that, since the beginnings of recorded history, the major events in international relations can be attributed to a single cause, the desire by rulers to assert or protect their power. Taking a panoramic view from the days of Thucydi...

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  • Iain Sinclair

    Alchemy

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    Reality versus fiction is at the heart of the current literary debate. We live in a world of docu-drama, the ‘real life’ story. Works of art, novels, films, are frequently bolstered by reference to the autobiography of the creator, or to underlying ‘fact.’ Where does that leave the imagination? And who gets to define the parameters of ‘reality’ and ‘fiction’ anyway? Five writers debate the limits of materialism and realism, in art and literature – and offer a passionate defence of the alchemi...

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  • Joshua Cohen

    Attention: A Short History

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    A dazzling meditation on the philosophical, scientific, and historical roots of attention, an attempt to pin down this elusive state of being. You've paid money for this book, or you have family or friends who don't mind your borrowing or who gift books like this. You are being attentive because you're interested in what type of person this gifter thinks you are - too attentive, to them, to yourself, or too inattentive. Hardback: 240 PagesProduct Dimensions: 120 x 190 mmISBN: 9781907903618 Pu...

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  • Oscar Wilde

    Beautiful And Impossible Things

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    This new selection of essays by Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) demonstrate the varied aspects of his genius. The selection shows the surprise and contradiction of Wilde s extraordinary character: wit, romancer, talker, lecturer and scholar. The ideas expressed remain remarkably relevant to modern readers, and his popularity remains undiminished. Hardback: 192 PagesProduct Dimensions: 120 x 190 mmISBN: 9781910749067 Published by Notting Hill Editions

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  • Andrew Lees

    Brazil That Never Was

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    As a boy growing up near Liverpool in the 1950s, Andrew Lees would visit the docks with his father to watch the ships from Brazil unload their exotic cargo of coffee, cotton bales, molasses, cocoa. One day, his father gave him a dog-eared book called Exploration Fawcett. The book told the true story of Colonel Percy Fawcett, a British explorer who in 1925 had gone in search of a lost city in the Amazon, and never returned. The riveting story of Fawcett’s encounters with hostile tribes, his mi...

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  • John Berger

    Cataract

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    Illustrated by Selçuk Demirel What happens when cataracts rob an art critic of his sight? John Berger, whose classic book Ways of Seeing has been in print for nearly forty years, joins forces with Turkish illustrator Selçuk Demirel to reflect on his own experience of loss of vision. Hardback: 96 PagesProduct Dimensions: 120 x 190 mmISBN: 9781907903328 Published by Notting Hill Editions

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  • Keith Kahn-Harris

    Denial: The Unspeakable Truth

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    The Holocaust never happened. The planet isn’t warming. Vaccines cause autism. There is no such thing as AIDS. The Earth is flat. Denialism comes in many forms, dressed in the garb of research proudly claiming to represent the best traditions of scholarship. Its influence is insidious, its techniques are pernicious. Climate change denialists have built well-funded institutions and lobbying groups to counter action against global warming. Holocaust deniers have harried historians and abused su...

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  • Virginia Woolf

    Essays On The Self

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    The essays in this collection are, of course, not merely concerned with the self. Woolf does also discuss the rights of women, the revolutions of modernity, the past, present and future of the novel. She is eloquent on social inequality and the agony of war. She is a robust literary antiquarian, she rakes through the past in search of treasure. She is transfixed, as well, by the aesthetic contests of the present, the dynamic incompleteness of her era. She fights with local demons, she mocks t...

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    William Max Nelson, Karen Holmberg, Garret Keizer, Patrick McGuinness, Dasha Shkurpela and Laura Esther Wolfson

    Five Ways Of Being A Painting

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    Covering an array of subjects, from the meaning of art to supermarket shopping, these pieces were chosen for their originality, literary style, and above all, their ability to persuade. The judges awarded the first prize to “Five Ways of Being a Painting” by William Max Nelson for “its curious mix of the philosophical and the personal, the argumentative and the ruminative, that makes it a real essay.” The biennial Notting Hill Editions Essay Prize is open to all essays written in English of b...

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  • Emily Rapp Black

    Frida Kahlo And My Left Leg

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    Frida Kahlo and My Left Leg by New York Times bestselling author Emily Rapp Black is an amputee’s personal examination of how the experiences, art, and disabilities of Frida Kahlo shaped her life. At first sight of Kahlo’s painting The Two Fridas, Emily Rapp Black felt an instant connection with the artist. An amputee from childhood, Rapp Black grew up with a succession of prosthetic limbs, and learned that she had to hide her disability from the world. Kahlo sustained lifelong injuries after...

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    A. A. Milne

    Happy Half-Hours

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    A delightful selection of articles by the ever-popular A.A. Milne, many of which haven’t been in print for decades. Milne had a talent for regularly turning out a thousand whimsical words on lost hats and umbrellas, golf, married life, cheap cigars, and any amount of life’s other little difficulties. It also includes some of his fiercely argued writings on pacifism. Introduced by the prize-winning children’s author Frank Cottrell-Boyce, this volume features the very best of A.A. Milne in one ...

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  • Wayne Koestenbaum

    Humiliation

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    Endlessly surprising and entertaining, Humiliation is an essay-in-fragments unlike any other you will read on the human condition. With a disarming blend of personal reflec­tion and cultural commentary, Wayne Koestenbaum walks us – at times cajoles us – through a spectrum of mortifications, in history, current events, literature, art, music, film, and in his own life. The book’s timing, the New York Times tells us, “is flawless.” Hardback: 216 PagesProduct Dimensions: 120 x 190 mmISBN: 978190...

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  • Osip Mandelstam

    Journey To Armenia

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    Osip Mandelstam visited Armenia in 1930, and during the eight months of his stay he rediscovered his poetic voice and was inspired to write an experimental meditation on the country and its ancient culture. 'Armenia brought him back to his true self, a self depending on the "inner ear" which could never play a poet false. There was everything congenial to him in this country of red and ochre landscape, ancient churches, and resonant pottery.' – Henry Gifford Conversation about Dante, Mandelst...

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  • Rem Koolhaas and Hal Foster

    Junkspace With Running Room

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    In Junkspace, architect Rem Koolhaas itemised in delirious detail how our cities are being overwhelmed. His celebrated jeremiad is here updated and twinned with Running Room, a fresh response from architectural critic Hal Foster. ‘The manifesto is a modernist mode, one that looks to the future… Junkspace makes no such claim: “Architecture disappeared in the twentieth century,” states Koolhaas matter-of-factly. Junkspace does a harder thing: it “foretells” the present, which is to say that it ...

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  • Andrew Lees

    Mentored By A Madman

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    In this extraordinary memoir, neuroscientist Andrew Lees explains how William Burroughs, author of Naked Lunch and troubled drug addict, played an unlikely part in his medical career. Lees draws on Burroughs search for an addiction cure to discover a ground-breaking treatment for shaking palsy, and learns how to use the deductive reasoning of Sherlock Holmes to diagnose patients. Lees follows Burroughs into the rainforest and under the influence of yagé (ayahuasca) gains insights that encoura...

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    Roland Barthes

    Mourning Diary

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    The French critic Roland Barthes has guru status among literary theorists. This private diary opens the door onto his strange personal world, recording, day-by-day, the impact of bereavement as he struggled to live without the most important person in his life: his mother. Introduced by Professor Michael Wood. Hardback: 256 PagesProduct Dimensions: 120 x 190 mmISBN: 9781907903106 Published by Notting Hill Editions

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  • Adam Mars-Jones

    Noriko Smiling

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    “Late Spring, directed and co-written by Yasujiro Ozu, was released in 1949, which makes it an old film, or a film that has been new for a long time…” So begins this remarkable essay in narrative reconstruction. Film-critic, novelist and essayist Mars-Jones gives a virtuoso performance as the lost figure of film explainer, drawing out a host of meaning from the reticence of Ozu’s classic Japanese movie. “So long after its first release Late Spring is still limber and elusive,” enthuses Mars-J...

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  • Tracey Ullman

    On Dogs: An Anthology

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    The writers and poets collected within this delectable anthology reflect on the joys and pitfalls of dog ownership with wit and affection. From Roald Amundsen’s account of using sled dogs in his expedition to the South Pole to J.R. Ackerley’s tender portrayal of his ill-behaved dog Tulip, On Dogs traces the canine’s journey from working animal to pampered pet. With a humorous introduction by Tracey Ullman (an inveterate adopter of strays), and 6 arresting dog portraits by international photog...

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  • Kenneth Gross

    On Dolls

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    Some of the greatest thinkers and writers of our age, such as Baudelaire, Rilke, Kleist, Freud and Kafka, meditate on play and the mysteries of inanimate life. The essays and reflections in this collection explore the seriousness of play and the mysteries of inanimate life – ‘the unknown spaces, noises, dust, lost objects, and small animals that fill any house’ – which have provoked many writers to take the side of these dead or non-human things, resulting in some of the most profound passage...

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  • John Berger

    Smoke

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    Illustrated by Selçuk Demirel The great John Berger, art critic, novelist and long-time smoker, joins forces again with Turkish writer and illustrator Selçuk Demirel in an unexpected pictorial essay. ‘Once upon a time, men, women and (secretly) children smoked.’ This charming pictorial essay reflects on the cultural implications of smoking, and suggests, through a series of brilliantly inventive illustrations, that society’s attitude to smoke is both paradoxical and intolerant. It portrays a ...

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  • Richard Sennett

    The Foreigner

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    Richard Sennett has spent an intellectual lifetime exploring how humans live in cities. This pair of essays explores displacement in the metropolis through two vibrant historical moments: mid-nineteenth-century Paris, with its community of political exiles, and Renaissance Venice, where state-imposed restrictions on “outsider” groups – including prostitutes as well as Jews – had surprising cultural consequences. Hardback: 160 PagesProduct Dimensions: 120 x 190 mmISBN: 9781907903083 Published ...

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  • Raymond Tallis

    The Mystery Of Being Human

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    In his latest collection of essays, author, physician and humanist philosopher Raymond Tallis meditates on the wonder of human consciousness, free will, reality, God and eternity. The philosophical reflections are interrupted by the fiercely polemical essay Lord Howe’s Wicked Dream, in which Tallis exposes the ‘institutionally corrupt’ deception intended to destroy the NHS, and the values that have created and sustained it. Hardback: 288 PagesProduct Dimensions: 120 x 190 mmISBN: 978191074914...

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  • Fyodor Dostoevsky

    The Russian Soul

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    A new anthology of Dostoevsky’s remarkable work ‘A Writer’s Diary’. A voluminous and variegated miscellany in which the celebrated author spoke to his readers about issues concerning Russia, it is a work as eerily prescient of global preoccupations in the twenty-first century as it is frequently overlooked. Brilliantly introduced by Rosamund Bartlett, distinguished scholar and writer, The Diary stands revealed as the work of a writer-activist and blogger avant la lettre, who sought to transfo...

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    Georges Perec

    Thoughts Of Sorts

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    Translated by David Bellos Georges Perec was a leading exponent of French literary experimentalism who found humour – and pathos – in the human need for classification. Thoughts of Sorts is a unique collection of philosophical riffs on his obsession with lists, puzzles, catalogues, and taxonomies. Previously unpublished in the UK, it is here introduced by Margaret Drabble. Hardback: 216 PagesProduct Dimensions: 120 x 190 mmISBN: 9781907903007 Published by Notting Hill Editions

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  • Gila Lustiger

    We Are Not Afraid

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    Translated by Jane Purrier Written in the wake of the Paris attacks on November 13, 2015, Gila Lustiger examines the deep-rooted motives behind the attacks, the rise of antisemitism in the banlieues, and the profound flaws at the heart of the French governing system. She argues that the question of how to deal with terrorism has become a question for the whole of civil society. Devastated by the series of terrorist attacks that killed 130 people – the deadliest attacks on France since World W...

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    John Berger

    What Time Is It?

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    Illustrated by Selçuk Demirel Visionary thinker John Berger and Turkish artist Selçuk Demirel came together came together for the last time to create this precious little volume about time. What Time Is It? is a playful meditation on the illusory nature of time. Our perception of time assumes a uniform and ceaseless passing of hours, but Berger suggests that time is turbulent. It expands and contracts according to the intensity of the lived moment. In this beautiful essay in pictures, Berger ...

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    Susan Greenfield

    You And Me

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    Identity has never been so much in the spotlight – or rather its vulnerability and fragility in a digital culture that breaches the normal firewall of individuality and privacy. Whilst the neuroscience perspective presented here cannot come up with easy answers, it articulates meaningful questions and offers new insights. You and Me offers a fascinating look at the relationship between identity and neuroscience in the age of social media. Written in a smart, conversational style, You and Me w...

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