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  1. Discontent and Its Civilizations

    By Mohsin Hamid. Collected essays that encompass memoir, art and politics.

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  2. My Life in Houses

    Margaret Forster's journey through the houses she has lived in and loved.

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  3. Not My Father's Son: A Family Memoir

    Alan Cumming reads his memoir about his relationship with his father and a family mystery.

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  4. Forensics: The Anatomy of Crime

    Val McDermid explores the history and development of forensic science.

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  5. Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh

    Biography of America's great playwright by the acclaimed theatre critic John Lahr.

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  6. Please, Mr Postman

    The former home secretary Alan Johnson's memoir, read by the author.

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  7. Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

    Yuval Noah Harari's groundbreaking account of our history - from apes to world dominance.

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  8. Hopeful: The Autobiography

    Comedian and actor Omid Djalili reads from his colourful new memoir. Abridged by Lu Kemp.

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  9. Philip Larkin: Life, Art and Love

    By James Booth. Moving biography of the renowned English poet.

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  10. On Silbury Hill

    Adam Thorpe explores the mystery of the 4,300-year-old man-made construction.

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  11. Mona Lisa: A Life Discovered

    Who was the real Mona Lisa? And why did Leonardo paint her? Dianne Hales investigates.

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  12. In Montmartre

    Sue Roe's story of Pablo Picasso and other artists in the famous Paris quarter.

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  13. Cold Blood

    Richard Kerridge reflects on his lifelong relationship with reptiles and amphibians.

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  14. Deep

    American journalist James Nestor investigates the world of freediving.

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  15. Last Man Off

    By Matt Lewis. The fateful story of the fishing boat Sudur Havid

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  16. The Zhivago Affair

    By Peter Finn and Petra Couvee. Portrait of Russian poet and novelist Boris Pasternak

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  17. Last Days of the Bus Club

    By Chris Stewart. Tales from the Alpujarras region of Andalucia in Spain

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  18. As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning

    Laurie Lee's classic travel book, abridged by Katrin Williams. Read by Tobias Menzies

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  19. Curious: True Stories and Loose Connections

    Rebecca Front's anecdotes and yarns exploring all that is remarkable about everyday life

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  20. A Broken Hallelujah: Leonard Cohen's Secret Chord

    As Leonard Cohen turns 80, Liel Leibovitz explores his life, work and passion

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  21. Doubling Back

    By Linda Cracknell. Moving memoir in which the author walks in the footsteps of others

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  22. Stringer: A Reporter's Journey in the Congo

    Anjan Sundaram's mesmerising account of self-discovery in war-torn Congo

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  23. Gironimo! Riding the Very Terrible 1914 Tour of Italy

    Tim Moore retraces the route and tells the story of the 1914 Giro d'Italia bicycle race

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  24. Eleanor Marx: A Life

    By Rachel Holmes. Lively biography of Karl Marx's daughter

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  25. The Valley

    By Richard Benson. Story of the author's grandmother and her life in the South Yorkshire

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  26. The Land Where Lemons Grow

    Helena Attlee explores why citrus holds a special place in the Italian imagination

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  27. B is for Bauhaus: An A-Z of the Modern World

    By Deyan Sudjic. An essential tool kit for understanding the modern world

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  28. Louis Armstrong: Master of Modernism

    By Thomas Brothers. Account of the life and legacy of the influential musical artist.

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  29. The Unexpected Professor

    Academic and reviewer John Carey looks back on a life in and around books.

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  30. A Spy Among Friends

    Ben Macintyre tells the story of notorious British defector and Soviet mole Kim Philby

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