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  • MINDSET (REVISED AND UPDATED)

    Writing style is very accessible with clear take-home messages, yet informed by cutting-edge science by a prominent US psychologist.>

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  • A VISIT FROM THE GOON SQUAD (HACHETTE ESSENTIALS)

    The Hachette Essentials series comprises a collection of titles that are regarded as modern classics. A carefully and lovingly curated selection of distinctive, ground-breaking fiction and non-fiction titles published since 1950. Timeless. Relevant. Passionate. Unified as a series – distinctive as books. A good book is great. A great book is essential.

    Jennifer Egan’s spellbinding novel circles the lives of Bennie Salazar, an ageing former punk rocker and record executive, and Sasha, the passionate, troubled young woman he employs. Although Bennie and Sasha never discover each other’s pasts, the reader does, in intimate detail, along with the secret lives of a host of other characters whose paths intersect with theirs, over many years, in locales as varied as New York, San Francisco, Naples, and Africa.

    We first meet Sasha in her mid-thirties, on her therapist’s couch in New York City, confronting her long-standing compulsion to steal. Later, we learn the genesis of her turmoil when we see her as the child of a violent marriage, then a runaway living in Naples, then as a college student trying to avert the suicidal impulses of her best friend.

    We meet Bennie Salazar at the melancholy nadir of his adult life-divorced, struggling to connect with his nine-year-old son, listening to a washed up band in the basement of a suburban house-and then revisit him in 1979, at the height of his youth, shy and tender, revelling in San Francisco’s punk scene as he discovers his ardour for rock and roll and his gift for spotting talent. We learn what became of his high school gang-who thrived and who faltered-and we encounter Lou Kline, Bennie’s catastrophically careless mentor, along with the lovers and children left behind in the wake of Lou’s far flung sexual conquests and meteoric rise and fall.

    A Visit from the Goon Squad is a book about the interplay of time and music, about survival, about the stirrings and transformations set inexorably in motion by even the most passing conjunction of our fates. In a breathtaking array of styles and tones ranging from tragedy to satire to Powerpoint, Egan captures the undertow of self-destruction that we all must either master or succumb to; the basic human hunger for redemption; and the universal tendency to reach for both-and escape the merciless progress of time-in the transporting realms of art and music. Sly, startling, exhilarating work from one of our boldest writers.

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  • 90 RULES FOR ENTREPRENEURS: HOW TO HUSTLE YOUR WAY TO A BUSINESS THAT WORKS

    This is not just another one of those books about ‘rules’; this book may be the defining factor that will turn your dream into reality. Many have succeeded at being an entrepreneur, but many, many more have failed. Which side would you rather be on? Sure, entrepreneurship is often about breaking the rules. But there are also a number of them that you should follow if you want to survive long enough to see what happens when you do.

    A business should be more than just a venture – it should be an adventure! The difference between a successful journey, rather than a wasted one, is knowing when to do what. That is what this book is about. Not science, but experience. The rules of hustle.

    Marnus Broodryk, one of South Africa’s best-known young entrepreneurs, shares the lessons he wishes he’d been taught before he started out.

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  • THE MAMMOTH BOOK OF WORLD'S GREATEST CHESS GAMES

    The 125 greatest chess games of all time, selected, analysed, re-evaluated and explained by a team of British experts and illustrated with over 1,000 chess diagrams. Join the authors in studying these games, the cream of two centuries of international chess, and develop your own chess-playing skills – whatever your current standard. Instructive points at the end of each game highlight the lessons to be learned.

    First published in 1998, a second edition of The Mammoth Book of the World’s Greatest Chess Games in 2004 included an additional 12 games. This edition includes a further 13 games as well as some significant revisions to the analysis and information regarding other games in earlier editions of the book, facilitated by the use of a variety of chess software.

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  • THE SYMPATHIZER  (HACHETTE ESSENTIALS)

    The Hachette Essentials series comprises a collection of titles that are regarded as modern classics. A carefully and lovingly curated selection of distinctive, ground-breaking fiction and non-fiction titles published since 1950. Timeless. Relevant. Passionate. Unified as a series – distinctive as books. A good book is great. A great book is essential.

    *** WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE FOR FICTION 2016***
    WINNER OF THE EDGAR AWARD FOR BEST FIRST NOVEL 2016
    WINNER OF THE CARNEGIE MEDAL FOR EXCELLENCE IN FICTION 2016

    ‘A fierce novel written in a refreshingly high style and charged with intelligent rage’ Financial Times

    It is April 1975, and Saigon is in chaos. At his villa, a general of the South Vietnamese army is drinking whiskey and, with the help of his trusted captain, drawing up a list of those who will be given passage aboard the last flights out of the country. The general and his compatriots start a new life in Los Angeles, unaware that one among their number, the captain, is secretly observing and reporting on the group to a higher-up in the Viet Cong. The Sympathizer is the story of this captain: a man brought up by an absent French father and a poor Vietnamese mother, a man who went to university in America, but returned to Vietnam to fight for the Communist cause.

    A gripping spy novel, an astute exploration of extreme politics, and a moving love story, The Sympathizer explores a life between two worlds and examines the legacy of the Vietnam War in literature, film, and the wars we fight today.

    ‘A bold, artful and globally minded reimagining of the Vietnam war . . . The Sympathizer is an excellent literary novel, and one that ends, with unsettling present-day resonance, in a refugee boat where opposing ideas about intentions, actions and their consequences take stark and resilient human form’ the Guardian

    ‘Beautifully written and meaty’
    Claire Messud

    ‘[A] remarkable debut novel . . . In its final chapters, The Sympathizer becomes an absurdist tour de force that might have been written by a Kafka or Genet’
    New York Times

    ‘This debut is a page-turner (read: everybody will finish) that makes you reconsider the Vietnam War … Nguyen’s darkly comic novel offers a point of view about American culture that we’ve rarely seen’
    Oprah.com (Oprah’s Book Club Suggestions)

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  • MEDITATION

    Meditation is an ancient practice that has brought peace and clarity to people from every time, culture and place. Its benefits – a sense of calm, greater knowledge of self, better health – are as appealing to the modern world as they were to the ancient. In this beginner’s guide to meditation, author Patrick Harbula provides readers with everything they need to know in order to experience deep meditation.

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    Mike Brearley was arguably one of England’s finest cricket captains; not just for his outstanding record leading his country but also for the way he orchestrated, during the 1981 Ashes series, one of the most extraordinary reversals in sporting history.

    In this collection of sparkling essays, Brearley reflects on the game he has come to know so well. He ranges from the personal – the influence of his Yorkshire father and the idols of his youth – to controversial aspects of the professional game, including cheating, corruption, and innovation, the latter often being on a borderline between genius and rebellion.

    Brearley also evaluates his heroes (amongst them Viv Richards, Bishan Bedi and Dennis Lillee), the game changers, the outstanding wicketkeepers, the ‘Indian-ness’ of four generations of Indian batsmen and the important commentators (including Harold Pinter, John Arlott and Ian Chappell). The Ashes, the most sustained love-hate relationship in the history of sport and key to Brearley’s test-playing career, are raked over. Central to the book is an important section on race and cricket, and the legacy of C. L. R. James.

    Insightful and humorous, On Cricket is an intelligent exposition of the game’s idiosyncratic culture and its enduring appeal.

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  • BASIC BLOCKCHAIN: WHAT IT IS AND HOW IT WILL TRANSFORM THE WAY WE WORK AND LIVE

    A revolution is under way across the globe, yet very few people understand it. Basic Blockchain will explain everything you need to know to understand the technology that will soon disrupt and revolutionise everything from financial and health services to the property market and how we vote. Born of an obscure body of research on game theory developed by NASA, originally championed by drug dealers seeking to launder ill-gotten gains, accelerated by entrepreneurs seeking to improve financial access for the poor, funded by giant corporate interests attracted to the potential for billions of dollars of cost savings, blockchain heralds a new era of financial inclusion, legal inclusion for the dispossessed and lower prices for consumers. In short, it will enact radical change on our lives.

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  • DELHI AND AGRA

    Delhi claims a noble history as the site of at least seven capitals dating from before the time of Alexander the Great. The glorious Mogul Empire brought great riches to the city and to Agra, where the world-famous Taj Mahal has excited awe in visitors for over 380 years. This Traveller’s Reader is an indispensable and fascinating companion for the traveller who wants to understand the history of both cities, and who seeks the true spirit of the places.

    Delhi & Agra is a topographical anthology that explores the cities’ sites of interest and recreates the key events, customs and lives of the past, drawing on diaries, letters, memoirs and commentaries written by residents and visitors over the course of 600 years.

    Extracts include Tamerlane’s account of the sack of Delhi in 1398; descriptions of Shah Jahan building the Taj Mahal; recollections of Jesuits and mullahs debating the relative merits of their religions before the great Mogul emperor, Akbar; reports of cruelty and creativity, of addiction to drink and drugs; descriptions of elephant fights, suttee, the life of the bazaar and vice-regal banquets; and eyewitness accounts of the Indian Mutiny from both sides, and of the bloody aftermath of Partition. A great variety of topics are covered, vividly conveying an impression of how it would have been to live in, or visit, both cities from the recent past to hundreds of years ago.

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  • TALKING TO ROBOTS: HOW AI WILL SHAPE OUR FUTURE

    ‘A refreshing variation on the will-intelligent-robots-bring-Armageddon genre . . . this colorful mixture of expert futurology and quirky speculation does not disappoint’
    Kirkus

    ‘A robot may not injure a human being or through inaction allow a human being to come to harm.’ Isaac Asimov The First Law of Robotics

    What robot and AI systems are being built and imagined right now? What do they say about us their creators? Will they usher in a fantastic new future or destroy us? What do some of our greatest thinkers from physicist Brian Greene and futurist Kevin Kelly to inventor Dean Kamen geneticist George Church and filmmaker Tiffany Shlain anticipate for our human-robot future? For even as robots and AI intrigue us and make us anxious about the future our fascination with robots has always been about more than the potential of the technology – it also concerns what robots tell us about being human.

    From present-day Facebook and Amazon bots to near-future ‘intimacy’ bots and ‘the robot that swiped my job’ bots bestselling American popular science writer David Ewing Duncan’s Talking to Robots is a wonderfully entertaining and insightful guide to possible future scenarios about robots both real and imagined.

    Featured bots include robot drivers; doc bots; politician bots; warrior bots; sex bots; synthetic
    bio bots; dystopic bots that are hopefully just bad dreams; and ultimately God Bot (as
    described by physicist Brian Greene).

    These scenarios are informed by discussions with well-known thinkers engineers scientists artists philosophers and others who share with us their ideas hopes and fears about robots. David spoke with among others Kevin Kelly David Baldacci Brian Greene Dean Kamen Craig Venter Stephanie Mehta David Eagleman George Poste George Church General R. H. Latiff Robert Seigel Emily Morse David Sinclair Ken Goldberg Sunny Bates Adam Gazzaley Tim O’Reilly Tiffany Shlain Eric Topol and Juan Enriquez.

    These discussions along with some reporting on bot-tech bot-history and real-time societal and
    ethical issues with robots are the launch pads for unfurling possible bot futures that are informed by how people and societies have handled new technologies in the past.

    The book describes how robots work but its primary focus is on what our fixation with bots
    and AI says about us as humans: about our hopes and anxieties; our myths stories beliefs and
    ideas about beings both real and artificial; and our attempts to attain perfection.

    We are at a pivotal moment when our ancient infatuation with human-like beings with certain
    attributes or superpowers – in mythology religion and storytelling – is coinciding with our
    ability to actually build some of these entities.

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  • GROWING HAPPY, HEALTHY YOUNG MINDS: EXPERT ADVICE ON THE MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLBEING OF YOUNG PEOPLE

    The world is getting harder for young people and for the people who care about them: parents teachers school counsellors and concerned relatives. Generation Next is an organisation that gathers experts in several fields to provide information for professionals – now that expertise is gathered in this volume for everyone else. Each chapter contains easily accessible information along with more detail and resources for those who wish to find out more.

    In this comprehensive volume there will be the latest information on many topics including:
    Helping young people get help for mental health problems
    Bullying
    Anxiety
    Depression
    Understanding self-harm
    Child sexual abuse
    Alcohol and Drugs and how to communicate with young people about them
    Teens Parties and Alcohol: A practical guide to keeping them safe
    Eating Disorders
    Body Image
    Resilience and Positive Psychology
    Understanding the Teenage Brain
    Online Time Management

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  • HEAVENS ON EARTH

    A scientific exploration into humanity’s obsession with the afterlife and the quest for immortality from the bestselling author and sceptic Michael Shermer

    In his most ambitious work yet, Shermer sets out to discover what drives humans’ belief in life after death. For millennia, the awareness of our own mortality and failings has led to religions concocting comforting notions of an afterlife, of heaven and hell, utopias and dystopias, and of the perfectibility of human nature.
    Heavens on Earth explores the numerous manifestations of the afterlife – a place where souls might go after the death of the physical body. Religious leaders have toiled to make sense of this place that a surprisingly high percentage of people believe exists, but from which no one has ever returned to report what it is really like.

    This is one of the most profound questions of the human condition and has long driven philosophers and theologians to try to understand the meaning and purpose of life for mortal beings, and how we can transcend mortality. Shermer details recent scientific attempts to achieve immortality by radical life extentionists, extropians, transhumanists, cryonicists and mind-uploaders, along with utopians who have attempted to create heaven on earth.

    Heavens on Earth concludes with an uplifting paean to purpose and progress and what we can do in the here-and-now, whether or not there is a hereafter.

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  • THAT GOOD NIGHT

    As the American born daughter of immigrants, Dr. Sunita Puri knew from a young age that the gulf between her parents’ experiences and her own was impossible to bridge, save for two elements: medicine and spirituality. Between days spent waiting for her mother, an anesthesiologist, to exit the OR, and evenings spent in conversation with her parents about their faith, Puri witnessed the tension between medicine’s impulse to preserve life at all costs and a spiritual embrace of life’s temporality. And it was that tension that eventually drew Puri, a passionate but unsatisfied medical student, to palliative medicine – a new specialty attempting to translate the border between medical intervention and quality-of-life care.

    Interweaving evocative stories of Puri’s family and the patients she cares for, That Good Night is a stunning meditation on impermanence and the role of medicine in helping us to live and die well, arming readers with information that will transform how we communicate with our doctors about what matters most to us.

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  • THE WORLD PUZZLE CHAMPIONSHIP CHALLENGE: ARE YOU AS BRIGHT AS THE BEST?

    Try puzzles from the world puzzle championships, where teams of solvers from all around the world compete to find that year’s fastest and best puzzle solver.

    Compare your own puzzle-solving times against past world championship winners, and find out where you stand on a world scale.

    Try some of the world’s toughest puzzles, designed to challenge the very best solvers.

    No language skills or general knowledge required – all the puzzles are designed to work for any solver from any country in the world.

    Discover some of the most exciting and innovative new puzzles from the world’s most creative puzzle setters.

    The book concludes with an entire round from a competition as a final challenge.

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  • VICEROYS

    Viceroys is the story of the British aristocracy sent to govern India during the reigns of five British monarchs. It is also the story of how the modern British identity was established. British history from the Hundred Years War onwards gives an impression of how the British were seen. It is a misconception or more kindly, a British view. Until the nineteenth century the British did not have an identity readily recognized throughout the world. Even the Elizabethans were never established other than as great individuals.

    From 1815, an image of Britain as the first superpower was built that would make do until even the twenty first century. Direct rule in the name of a long-lived queen and the consequential superlatives of style and theatre of conquest had the whole world believing that it knew the secret of that British identity. To be white and British even at the lowest social level was enough to command and to be white, British and aristocratic was enough to rule.

    By the end of Victoria’s reign a quarter of the world saluted the authority of the British identity. It took until the second half of the twentieth century for even the Americans to question that authority. The token in that identity, the plumed viceroy whose quarterings linked everyone who held that office to the aristocracy that was the guardian of that image, is not just an illusion.

    Viceroys is not a chronological biography of each viceroy from Canning to Mountbatten. It is instead, the story of the viceregal caste. It is the supreme view of the British in India, describing the sort of people who went out and the sort of people they were on their return. It is the story of utter power and what men did with it.

    Viceroys will come to a conclusion as to what created the international identity of the British that was cherished well into the twentieth century. It was and is an identity that has coloured in the worst pictures of the British character and ambition as seen by modern radicalized people and loyalties around the globe. Ironically, it is in part the answer to how was it that such a small offshore European island people believed themselves to have the right to sit at the highest institutional tables and judge what is right and what is unacceptable in other nations and institutions.

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    Your brain is shrinking. Does it matter?

    How Much Brain Do We Really Need? challenges us to think differently about the brain. Rather than just concentrating on the many wonderful things it can do this entertaining insight into the complexities and contradictions of the human brain asks whether in fact we can live satisfactorily without some of it.

    The bad news is that our brains start to shrink from our mid-thirties. But the good news is that we still seem to generally muddle along and our brain is able to adapt in extraordinary ways when things going wrong.

    Alexis Willett and Jennifer Barnett shed light on what the human brain can do – in both optimal and suboptimal conditions – and consider what it can manage without. Through fascinating facts and figures case studies and hypothetical scenarios expert interviews and scientific principles they take us on a journey from the ancient mists of time to the far reaches of the future via different species and lands.

    Is brain training the key to healthy ageing? Do women really experience ‘baby brain’? Is our brain at its evolutionary peak or do we have an even more brilliant future to look forward to? We discover the answers to these questions and more.

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  • MAMMOTH BOOK OF THE WORLD CUP

    An all-encompassing, chronological guide to football’s World Cup, one of the world’s few truly international events, in good time for the June 2014 kick-off in Rio de Janeiro. From its beginnings in 1930 to the modern all-singing, all-dancing self-styled ‘greatest show on Earth’, every tournament is covered with features on major stars and great games, as well as stories about some less celebrated names and quirky stats and intriguing essays.

    Holt’s focus is very much on what takes place on the field, rather than how football is a mirror for economic corruption, or how a nation’s style of play represents a profound statement about its people, or how a passion for football can lift underpaid, socially marginalised people out of poverty.

    From the best World Cups, in 1958 and 1970, to the worst, in 1962 and 2010, he looks behind the facts and the technical observations to the stories: the mysterious sins of omission; critical injuries to key players; and coaching U-turns.

    He explains how England’s World Cup achievements under Sven-Göran Eriksson, far from being a national disgrace, were actually quite impressive, and looks at why Alf Ramsey didn’t take Bobby Charlton off in 1970, but this is no parochial, jingoistic account.

    The book also asks why Brazil did not contribute in 1966, despite having won the previous two tournaments and going on to win the next one? Why the greatest players of their day did not always shine at the World Cup – George Best and Alfredo Di Stefano, for example, never even made it to the Finals. Why did Johann Cruyff not go to the 1978 World Cup? And why did one of Germany’s greatest players never play in the World Cup?

    There are lots of tables, some filled with obvious, but necessary information, but others with more quirky observations. Alongside accounts of epic games, there are also brief biographies of all the great heroes of the World Cup.

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  • EMPTY PLANET

    A radical, provocative argument that the global population will soon begin to decline, dramatically reshaping the social, political and economic landscape.

    For half a century, statisticians, pundits and politicians have warned that a burgeoning planetary population will soon overwhelm the earth’s resources. But a growing number of experts are sounding a different kind of alarm. Rather than growing exponentially, they argue, the global population is headed for a steep decline.

    Throughout history, depopulation was the product of catastrophe: ice ages, plagues, the collapse of civilizations. This time, however, we’re thinning ourselves deliberately, by choosing to have fewer babies than we need to replace ourselves. In much of the developed and developing world, that decline is already underway, as urbanisation, women’s empowerment, and waning religiosity lead to smaller and smaller families. In Empty Planet, Ibbitson and Bricker travel from South Florida to Sao Paulo, Seoul to Nairobi, Brussels to Delhi to Beijing, drawing on a wealth of research and firsthand reporting to illustrate the dramatic consequences of this population decline – and to show us why the rest of the developing world will soon join in.

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