21 Lessons for the 21st Century, Yuval Noah Harari
Both Sapiens and Homo Deus are runaway bestsellers as we contemplate the state of humanity and civilisation, so it’s a pretty safe bet that 21 Lessons for the 21st Century will also dominate the charts. It explores the present: how should we avoid nuclear disaster and how can we detect fake news being just two of the lessons Harari tackles. Similar to his previous titles is the ever-present issue of understanding where we came from, how we can define ourselves in a changing world and where society might be heading.
Endeavour, Peter Moore
Peter Moore’s latest work of history covers the story of one of the most famous ships in naval history. From pretty humble beginnings, Moore recounts how Endeavour came to carry Cook to Australia and its last voyage in the American Wars of Independence. Set against the Enlightenment, this is an interesting and inventive biography of an important piece of maritime history.
Till The Cows Come Home, Philip Walling
Interest in nature and rural writing continues apace and Philip Walling’s latest is a great addition to the shelves. It charts human’s interaction and dependence on cattle throughout history ad comes as an attractive hardback gift edition. Like his previous bestseller, Counting Sheep, Till the Cows Come Home provides an interesting perspective on animals that urbanites rarely give passing thought to.
Tom Kitchin’s Fish & Shellfish, Tom Kitchin
Tom Kitchin is a genuine chef superstar here in Scotland and is well known throughout the UK for his love of simple food using the best and freshest ingredients. His previous book on game was a Christmas bestseller for us and as Scotland can boast some of the best fish & shellfish in the world, this book is a must have for any home cook. Packed with recipes from his restaurants, a handy ‘how to’ section and of course beautiful photographs throughout, this is mouth-wateringly good.
Ladder to the Sky, John Boyne
The latest from the author of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, is a clever psychological thriller that kept me gripped until the last page. Maurice is a writer willing to do almost anything to rise to the top, not caring whose story he steals, or whose life he may ruin in the process. Even when he has achieved success, it’s hard for him to stop, but as he falls into a cat & mouse game with someone far cleverer than him, he may be forced to. Gripping.
The Psychology of Time Travel, Kate Mascarenhas
In 1967, four pioneering women invent time travel. On the cusp of success, one of the pioneers has a breakdown that could throw their work into jepordy, so she is cast out from the world of time travel and science. In 2017, Ruby's grandmother never talks about her past as a time travel pioneer, until a mysterious newspaper clipping from the future arrives, foretelling the mysterious death of an elderly lady... Kate Mascerenhas' debut novel is not only a fantastic murder mystery set across three timelines, it offers a thought-provoking view of how time travel would affect both the mind and our relationships, both with others and our self, while also casting a very subtle eye over women's place in the world.
Girls Can Do Anything, Caryl Hart
The year of celebrating fantastic women through children’s books continues with this bold picture book from Caryl Hart. Girls as knights, astronauts, engineers, pilots and more fill the pages with Ali Pye’s distinctive illustrations. You won’t find a princess here and for that we rejoice!
104 Storey Treehouse, Andy Griffiths
The Treehouse juggernaut rumbles on with the latest instalment in the series. I’m pretty sure Health & Safety officers would have shut down the Treehouse a few storeys ago, but we are delighted that Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton keep adding extensions! As funny and inventive as the previous books in the series, let’s hope they keep building.
Once Upon A Wild Wood, Chris Riddell
We are lucky enough to be hosting Chris Riddell as part of his tour to launch this book and it’s fair to say we are pretty excited! It’s a gorgeously illustrated picture book involving lots of familiar fairy tale characters in ways that we’ve never seen them before. Little Green raincape is off to a party in the woods. The way is long and dark, but she is sensible enough to turn down apples form kindly old ladies, travel advice from wolves and even has time to help others in distress. Hugely imaginative and packed with detail on every page, this is Chris Riddell at his absolute best.
Flamingo Plays Bingo, Russell Punter
An ideal early phonics reader for those just starting school with a gentle rhyming story and some bright, bold animal characters to help it along. This never feels educational and is sure to be a hit with early learners.
The Girl with the Dragon Heart, Stephanie Burgiss
I absolutely loved The Dragon with the Chocolate Heart and the second instalment in this series is every bit as good. Silke’s way with words and stories have brought her to the attention of the Royal family who want to use her talents to spy on the mysterious fairies. Silke has her own reasons for wanting to get close to them and is soon drawn into a wonderful adventure filled with dragons and of course chocolate. Ideal for fans of Cressida Cowell and Cornelia Funke.