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  1. Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

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

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  2. Hopeful: The Autobiography

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

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  3. Philip Larkin: Life, Art and Love

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

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  4. On Silbury Hill

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

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  5. Mona Lisa: A Life Discovered

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

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  6. In Montmartre

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

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  7. Cold Blood

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

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  8. Deep

    American journalist James Nestor investigates the world of freediving.

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  9. Last Man Off

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

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  10. The Zhivago Affair

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

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  11. Last Days of the Bus Club

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

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  12. 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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  13. Curious: True Stories and Loose Connections

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

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  14. 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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  15. Doubling Back

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

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

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

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  17. 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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  18. Eleanor Marx: A Life

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

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  19. The Valley

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

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  20. The Land Where Lemons Grow

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

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  21. 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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  22. Louis Armstrong: Master of Modernism

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

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  23. The Unexpected Professor

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

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  24. A Spy Among Friends

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

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  25. Free at Last - The Benn Diaries 1991 to 2001

    Tony Benn reads from his political diaries covering the years from 1991 to 2001

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  26. A Sense of Direction

    Author Gideon Lewis-Kraus sets out on a series of global pilgrimages

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  27. The Fun Stuff

    Collection of essays by literary critic James Wood

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  28. 12 Years a Slave

    Memoir of a free man, kidnapped and sold into slavery in the American South in 1841

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  29. The Last Asylum

    Barbara Taylor's story of her own breakdown and her recovery in England's last asylum

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  30. The Almost Nearly Perfect People: The Truth about the Nordic Miracle

    Michael Booth examines the five Nordic countries to discover the secrets of their success

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