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Deer Island, a hybrid of nature writing, travelogue and memoir, starts from time in Neil Ansell's life when he worked in London for a charity, The Simon Community, dedicated to helping the homeless by finding them safe spaces where they could live on their own terms.

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The Rowing Gold at the 1936 Olympics was won by an American varsity team: tall athletic young men from the new world who rowed their way to a magnificent victory.

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Lily Koppel interviewed many of the surviving Astronaut Wives and presents their stories in this entertaining book. The ‘Astrowives’ became instant celebrities in 1959 when NASA threw a press conference to announce the names of the Mercury Seven astronauts – but nobody warned the wives.

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Amy Leach's writing always embraces the captivating, the quirky and the awesome aspects of the natural world, but perhaps not until now have her poetic, almost other-worldly talents for depicting them been truly exposed.

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Best known as a comedian, it may seem incongruous that Ruby Wax’s Sane New World is a foray into the human mind and mental health – 'a manual for saner living'.

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Money is something that we spend a lot of time thinking about: wishing we had more of it, worrying that we don’t have enough of it, or wondering how we’re going to spend what we do have.

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Before the celebrations of 2012, with the Olympics and Diamond Jubilee, 2011 showed a very different face of Britain. Headlines were made by Occupy’s protests against economic inequality and riots throughout England.

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In 2010 Sylvain Tesson provided himself with the opportunity of creating a travel book with very little travel in, as he hunkered down in solitude in a very remote cabin alongside the Siberian Lake Baikal for the cold winter and spring months.

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While figures such as David Attenborough, Maggie Aderin-Pocock and Brian Cox have provoked a fascination with science in many young minds, the next step, converting that nascent passion into a true calling, often proves a stumbling block.

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Inspired by Patience Grey’s Honey from a Weed, a cult classic in cookery circles, Jojo Tulloh seeks to connect with her inner peasant exploring different ways the urban dweller can become more self-sustaining. 

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With simple yet elegant recipes that place vegetables in the starring role, including delicious dishes like ratatouille, onion tart, tomatoes with rice and walnut stuffing, pesto, celeriac remoulade, onions braised with wine, courgettes with tomatoes and black olives...from soups to salads, grati

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