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The occupation of Paris by German forces in 1940, following the so-called "phoney war" period of the Second World War, is a dark, sinister and hotly-debated period in the French capital's history.

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H is for Hawk is a story of grief at a father’s death, of a life regained, and, yes, of a goshawk. When Helen Macdonald’s father dies, she returns to a childhood obsession and starts to train a hawk she buys for £800 on a Scottish quayside.

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Sam Kean’s third popular science book, The Tale of the Duelling Neurosurgeons, tells fascinating stories about how the brain works. “Tiny flaws in the brain [have] strange but telling consequences all the time,” Kean writes.

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The blurb paints this book as a drug soaked trip around South America, of getting into dangerous situations whilst being “coked up to the eyeballs.” And while you don’t exactly need a sniffer dog to find the narcotics between the pages, this advertising really misses the point of Mark Mann’s jour

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If you fancy a down-to-earth experience of man versus the elements, look no further than Naked and Marooned by Ed Stafford.

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Barry Forshaw must have one of the best jobs around - unless you hate popcorn. He spends most of his time watching films or reading.

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Charlie Carroll’s fascinating account of his recent trip to "the roof of the world" is no ordinary travelogue but also an extremely detailed version of the history of Tibet and its relationship with China.

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Slang lexicographer Jonathon Green's memoir Odd Job Man not only chronicles his 32-year devotion to collecting language at the margins but also to a life spent reading off the beaten path. 

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Ellen N. La Motte was an independent and extremely articulate American nurse who volunteered at a French Army Field hospital ten kilometres from the Belgian front-line. What she found there appalled and depressed but did not silence her.

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