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Stuffo­ca­tion: Liv­ing More With Less

{ By James Wall­man. } We have more stuff than we could ever need, but hav­ing ev­ery­thing we thought we wanted isn’t mak­ing us hap­pier. In this ground­break­ing book, trend fore­caster James Wall­man finds that a ris­ing num­ber of peo­ple are turn­ing their backs on all-you­can-get con­sump­tion, from the tele­coms exec who’s sold al­most ev­ery­thing he owns, to the well-off fam­ily who have moved into a re­mote moun­tain cabin. Wall­man’s so­lu­tion to our clut­ter cri­sis is less ex­treme, but equally fun­da­men­tal. With in­trigu­ing in­sights on psy­chol­ogy, eco­nom­ics and cul­ture, Stuffo­ca­tion is a vi­tal man­i­festo for change.

Flicker: Your Brain on Movies

{ By Jeffrey Zacks. How is it that a patch of flickering light on a wall can pro­duce ex­pe­ri­ences that en­gage our imag­i­na­tions and can feel to­tally real? From the ver­tigo of a sky­dive to the emo­tional charge of an un­ex­pected vic­tory or de­feat, movies give us some of our most vivid ex­pe­ri­ences and last­ing mem­o­ries. They re­shape our emo­tions and worldviews. In Flicker, Jeff Zacks delves into the history of cin­ema and the latest re­search to ex­plain what hap­pens in your head when you sit down in the theatre and the lights go out.

The Es­tab­lish­ment: And How They Get Away with It {

By Owen Jones. } Be­hind our democ­racy lurks a pow­er­ful but un­ac­count­able net­work of peo­ple who wield mas­sive power and reap huge prof­its in the process. In ex­pos­ing this shad­owy and com­plex sys­tem that dom­i­nates our lives, Owen Jones sets out on a jour­ney into the heart of our Es­tab­lish­ment, from the lob­bies of Westminster to the news­rooms, board­rooms and trad­ing rooms of Fleet Street and the City. Ex­pos­ing the re­volv­ing doors that link these worlds, and the vested in­ter­ests that bind them to­gether, Jones shows how, in claim­ing to work on our be­half, the peo­ple at the top are do­ing pre­cisely the op­po­site.

All My Puny Sor­rows {

By Miriam Toews. } You won’t for­get Elf and Yoli, two smart and lov­ing sis­ters. El­frieda, a worl­drenowned pi­anist, glam­orous, wealthy, hap­pily mar­ried: she wants to die. Yolandi, di­vorced, broke, sleep­ing with the wrong men as she tries to find true love: she des­per­ately wants to keep her older sis­ter alive. But Elf’s latest sui­cide at­tempt is a shock: she is three weeks away from the open­ing of her highly an­tic­i­pated in­ter­na­tional tour. As the sit­u­a­tion be­comes ever more com­pli­cated, Yoli faces the most ter­ri­fy­ing de­ci­sion of her life.

A Book of Death and Fish {

By Ian Stephen. Peter Macau­lay sits down to write his will. The process sets in mo­tion a com­pul­sive se­ries of re­flec­tions: a history of his own life­time and a sub­jec­tive ac­count of how key events in the post-war world fil­ter through to his home. He re­veals his pas­sions for history, en­gines and fish, and wit­nesses chang­ing times - and things that don’t change - in the He­brides. It’s all about sto­ries, a litany of small his­to­ries wit­nessed dur­ing one very in­di­vid­ual life­time.

Ris­ing Ground: A Search for the Spirit of Place

{ By Philip Mars­den. } Why do we re­act so strongly to cer­tain places? Why do lay­ers of mythol­ogy build up around par­tic­u­lar fea­tures in the land­scape? When Philip Mars­den moved to a re­mote creek­side farm­house in Cornwall, the in­ten­sity of his re­sponse took him aback. It led him to be­gin ex­plor­ing these ques­tions, prompt­ing a jour­ney west­wards through one of the most fas­ci­nat­ing re­gions of Europe. In ar­chives, he un­cov­ers the life and work of other ‘topophiles’ be­fore him - me­dieval chron­i­clers and Tu­dor to­pog­ra­phers, eigh­teenth-cen­tury an­ti­quar­i­ans, postin­dus­trial po­ets and ab­stract pain­ters. Mars­den re­veals that the shape of the land lies not just at the heart of our history but of man’s peren­nial strug­gle to be­long on this earth.

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