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The Big O by Patrick Skene

The Big O

Patrick Skene

eBook

Olsen Filipaina, a New Zealand Hall of Fame rugby league legend, was a pathfinder for the Maori and Pasifika players who today dominate the Australian National Rugby League. In a career that saw him play 29 Tests for New Zealand and more than 100 first...

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No rules by Sharon Dukett

No rules

Sharon Dukett

eBook

It's 1971 in Connecticut, and sixteen-year-old Sharon's parents think that, because she's a girl, she should become a clerical office worker after high school and live at home until she marries and has a family. But Sharon wants to join the hippies and...

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A brief history of Portugal  by Jeremy Black

A brief history of Portugal

Jeremy Black

Book

Portugal's history from ad420 to the thirteenth century takes in the Suevi, Visigoths and Moors. Then, a look at medieval Portugal, covers the development of Christian Portugal culminating with the expulsion of the Moors, with a focus on key sites. A...

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Harrier 809  by Rowland White

Harrier 809

Rowland White

Book

April 1982. Argentina invades the Falkland Islands. In response, Britain despatches a naval Task Force. Eight thousand miles from home, its fate hinges on just twenty Sea Harriers against the two hundred-strong might of the Argentine Air Force. The o...

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The great war for civilisation  by Robert Fisk

The great war for civilisation

Robert Fisk

eBook

It is a story that Robert Fisk has been reporting for over thirty years. His masterful narrative spans the most volatile regions of the Middle East, chronicling with both rage and compassion the death by deceit of tens of thousands of Muslims, Christians...

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A small personal voice by Doris Lessing

A small personal voice

Doris Lessing

eBook

'The novelist talks as an individual to individuals, in a small personal voice. In an age of committee art, public art, people may begin to feel again a need for the small personal voice; and this will feed confidence into writers and, with confidence...

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Beatson's mutiny by Richard Stevenson

Beatson's mutiny

Richard Stevenson

eBook

Over a long and varied career, Major-General William Beatson earned a fine reputation as a leader of irregular cavalry in the nineteenth century. He trained many future commanders of the Victorian army, saw action in Spain and British India, and rode...

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Bang in the middle by Robert Shore

Bang in the middle

Robert Shore

eBook

A book to put the Midlands back on the map. Everyone knows what they think of the North and South of England – the clichés abound. But what about that big, anonymous stretch of land in between: the Midlands? Despite being home to around a third of the...

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At home and abroad by V. S. (Victor Sawdon) Pritchett

At home and abroad

V. S. (Victor Sawdon) Pritchett

eBook

Admirers of The Spanish Temper, Marching Spain and his wonderfully evocative books on London, Dublin and New York will need no reminding that V.S. Pritchett is one of the very great travel writers of our time, possessed of an astonishingly accurate eye...

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Zona by Geoff Dyer

Zona

Geoff Dyer

eBook

"In this spellbinding new book, the man described by the Daily Telegraph as 'possibly the best living writer in Britain' takes on his biggest challenge yet: unlocking the film that has obsessed him all his adult life. Like the film Stalker itself, it...

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Big goodbye by SAM WASSON

Big goodbye

SAM WASSON

eBook

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Diary of a Young Naturalist by Dara McAnulty

Diary of a Young Naturalist

Dara McAnulty

eBook

Diary of a Young Naturalist chronicles the turning of 15-year-old Dara McAnulty's world. From spring and through a year in his home patch in Northern Ireland, Dara spent the seasons writing. These vivid, evocative and moving diary entries about his c...

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Bodyline autopsy by David Frith

Bodyline autopsy

David Frith

eBook

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The beauty and the terror by Catherine Fletcher

The beauty and the terror

Catherine Fletcher

eBook

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Difficult women by Helen Lewis

Difficult women

Helen Lewis

eBook

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Wild city by Thomas Hynes

Wild city

Thomas Hynes

eAudiobook

A guide to 40 of the most well-known, surprising, notorious, mythical, and sublime non-human citizens of New York City, and love letter to its surprising ecological diversity. From refugee parrots and prodigal beavers to gorgeous Fifth Avenue hawks a...

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Russians among us by Gordon Corea

Russians among us

Gordon Corea

eBook

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Historical brewing techniques by Lars Marius Garshol

Historical brewing techniques

Lars Marius Garshol

eBook

"Equal parts history, cultural anthropology, social science, and travelogue, Historical Brewing Techniques explores brewing and fermentation methods passed down for generations on farms throughout northern Europe. Learn about kveik, which ferments a batch...

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Flash crash by Liam Vaughan

Flash crash

Liam Vaughan

eBook

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Unbelievers by Alec Ryrie

Unbelievers

Alec Ryrie

eBook

We think we know the history of faith: how the ratio of Christian believers has declined and a secular age dawned. In this startlingly original history, Alex Ryrie puts faith in the dock to explore how religious belief didn't just fade away. Rather, ...

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Longitude by Dava Sobel

Longitude

Dava Sobel

eBook

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Henry by David Starkey

Henry

David Starkey

eBook

The highly-anticipated biography of Henry VIII. The significance of his reign is, at times, overshadowed by his six marriages. This book, however, will look beyond the marriages to explore the man, his obsessions, his life and his legacy.

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Empires of the word by Nicholas Ostler

Empires of the word

Nicholas Ostler

eBook

This text offers a 'natural history of languages' that recounts the ways in which one language has superseded another at different times in history. It shows that the language of the future will, like the languages of the past, be full of surprises.

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Tombstone by Thomas Clavin

Tombstone

Thomas Clavin

Large Print

"On the afternoon of October 26, 1881, nine men clashed in what would be known as the most famous shootout in American frontier history. Thirty bullets were exchanged in thirty seconds, killing three men and wounding three others. The fight sprang forth...

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The deviant's war by Eric Cervini

The deviant's war

Eric Cervini

eBook

"A biography of gay rights pioneer Frank Kameny"--

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Odetta by Ian Zack

Odetta

Ian Zack

eAudiobook

The first in-depth biography of the legendary singer and "Voice of the Civil Rights Movement," who combatted racism and prejudice through her music.Odetta channeled her anger and despair into some of the most powerful folk music the world has ever he...

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The world by Richard Haass

The world

Richard Haass

eAudiobook

An invaluable primer from Richard Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations, that will help anyone, expert and non-expert alike, navigate a time in which many of our biggest challenges come from the world beyond our borders.Like it or not,...

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Stamped by Jason Reynolds

Stamped

Jason Reynolds

eAudiobook

A timely, crucial, and empowering exploration of racism--and antiracism--in America. This is NOT a history book. This is a book about the here and now. A book to help us better understand why we are where we are. A book about race. The construct of race...

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A Black women's history of the United States by Daina Ramey Berry

A Black women's history of the United States

Daina Ramey Berry

eAudiobook

A vibrant and empowering history that emphasizes the perspectives and stories of African American women to show how they are--and have always been--instrumental in shaping our countryIn centering Black women's stories, two award-winning historians seek...

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Medieval mysteries by Thomas F. Madden

Medieval mysteries

Thomas F. Madden

eAudiobook

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Powers of a girl by Lorraine Cink

Powers of a girl

Lorraine Cink

eBook

Explores the lives of exceptional and diverse women of the Marvel Universe. Filled with inspirational lessons and clever observations, each section digs into what these relatable women can teach us all about growth, bravery, and the true meaning of s...

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MORE by Philip Coggan

MORE

Philip Coggan

eBook

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Bezonomics by Brian Dumaine

Bezonomics

Brian Dumaine

eBook

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Father of the Lost Boys by Yuot A. Alaak

Father of the Lost Boys

Yuot A. Alaak

eBook

This is the true story of Mecak Ajang Alaak, leader and educator, who in the early 1990s assumed command of 20,000 of the Lost Boys of South Sudan during the conflict of the Second Sudanese Civil War, and led them on a harrowing dangerous journey of ...

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My vanishing country by Bakari Sellers

My vanishing country

Bakari Sellers

eBook

What J. D. Vance did for Appalachia with Hillbilly Elegy, CNN analyst and one of the youngest state representatives in South Carolina history Bakari Sellers does for the rural South, in this important book that illuminates the lives of America'''s f...

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Fight like a girl by Laura Barcella

Fight like a girl

Laura Barcella

eBook

Fight Like a Girl profiles fifty iconic women who have worked to further women's rights in a wide variety of ways.

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Waiting for war by Barry Turner

Waiting for war

Barry Turner

Large Print

"At the outbreak of war in 1939, ordinary people were quickly forced to adapt to the realities of a nation under dire threat. But it soon became known as the Phoney War, a time when official incompetence reigned supreme. Theatres and cinemas were closed...

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Himmler's Nazi concentration camp guards  by Ian Baxter

Himmler's Nazi concentration camp guards

Ian Baxter

Book

This book is the most thorough study yet of the whole process of recruitment, indoctrination and performance of those responsible for the guarding of concentration camp inmates. It is not an attractive subject - the conversion of human beings into mu...

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You have a lot to lose by C. K. (Christian Karlson) Stead

You have a lot to lose

C. K. (Christian Karlson) Stead

eBook

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Healing ancestral karma by Steven Farmer

Healing ancestral karma

Steven Farmer

eBook

Is it possible that you have inherited the karma of your family members? Could this explain why family members often go through the same trials and tribulations generation after generation? And if so, is there anything you can do to break the cycle?B...

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Driving while black by Gretchen Sullivan Sorin

Driving while black

Gretchen Sullivan Sorin

eBook

"The ultimate symbol of independence and possibility, the automobile has shaped this country from the moment the first Model T rolled off Henry Ford's assembly line. Yet cars have always held distinct importance for African Americans, allowing black ...

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A black women's history of the United States by Daina Ramey Berry

A black women's history of the United States

Daina Ramey Berry

eBook

"A Black Women's History of the United States is a critical survey of black women's complicated legacy in America, as it takes into account their exploitation and victimization as well as their undeniable and substantial contributions to the country since...

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Pēwhairangi by Angela Middleton

Pēwhairangi

Angela Middleton

eBook

"When a small group of three English families landed in the bay below Rangihoua pa under the protection of its chief and inhabitants, the story of Pewhairangi began. It is the story of New Zealand's first permanent European settlement, at Hohi, and the...

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Egypt  by Giorgio Ferrero

Egypt

Giorgio Ferrero

Book

This title presents a civilization that never ceases to amaze scholars, enthusiasts and the general public by providing us with exceptional treasures. The magnificent monuments built in ancient Egypt are world famous, just as the general public knows...

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The Kalimpong Kids  by Jane McCabe

The Kalimpong Kids

Jane McCabe

Book

In the early 20th century, 130 young Anglo-Indians were sent to New Zealand in an organised immigration scheme from Kalimpong, in the Darjeeling district of India. They were the mixed-race children of British tea planters and local women, and were placed...

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Big sister, little sister, red sister  by Jung Chang

Big sister, little sister, red sister

Jung Chang

Book

The best-known modern Chinese fairy tale is the story of three sisters from Shanghai, who for most of the twentieth century were at the centre of power in China. It was sometimes said that ‘One loved money, one loved power and one loved her country’,...

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Anne Frank by Francine Prose

Anne Frank

Francine Prose

eBook

In June 1942, Anne Frank received a red-and-white- checked diary for her thirteenth birthday, just weeks before she and her family went into hiding in an Amsterdam attic to escape the Nazis. For two years, with ever-increasing maturity, Anne crafted a...

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The return of a king by William Dalrymple

The return of a king

William Dalrymple

eBook

"In the spring of 1839, the British invaded Afghanistan for the first time. Led by lancers in scarlet cloaks and plumed shakos, nearly 20,000 British and East India Company troops poured through the high mountain passes and re-established on the throne...

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War amongst the clouds  by Hugh Granville White

War amongst the clouds

Hugh Granville White

Book

This is a personal account written by a man reflecting on his time as a young pilot with the Royal Flying Corps in France during the First World War, who eventually became an ace. It is a story of survival against the odds at a time when the conduct of...

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Soap and water & common sense by Bonnie Henry

Soap and water & common sense

Bonnie Henry

eAudiobook

The definitive guide to fighting coronaviruses, colds, flus, pandemics, and deadly diseases, from one of North America's leading public health authorities, now updated with a new introduction on protecting yourself and others from COVID-19.Dr. Bonnie...

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Sapiens, de animales a dioses by Yuval N. Harari

Sapiens, de animales a dioses

Yuval N. Harari

eAudiobook

El libro de no ficción del AÑOUn best seller internacional con más de un millón de ejemplares vendidosLúcido e iluminador: la historia de la humanidad en un solo volumen.Este es el fascinante relato de nuestra extraordinaria historia: de simios sin i...

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Homo Deus by Yuval N. Harari

Homo Deus

Yuval N. Harari

eAudiobook

Tras el éxito de Sapiens. De animales a dioses, Yuval Noah Harari vuelve su mirada al futuro para ver hacia dónde nos dirigimos.La guerra es algo obsoleto. Es más probable quitarse la vida que morir en un conflicto bélico.La hambruna está desapareciendo....

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The decline and fall of Rome by Thomas F. Madden

The decline and fall of Rome

Thomas F. Madden

eAudiobook

Even millennia after its fall, the grand expanse of Roman achievement continues to affect not only American society, but the entire world as well. What caused a civilization of such accomplishments to disintegrate? In this informative and lively series...

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The unconventional career of Muriel Bell by Diana Brown

The unconventional career of Muriel Bell

Diana Brown

eBook

Appointed New Zealand's first state nutritionist in 1940, Muriel Bell was behind ground-breaking public health schemes such as milk in schools, iodised salt, and water fluoridation. The first woman in New Zealand to be awarded the research degree of Doctor...

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You have a lot to lose by C. K. Stead

You have a lot to lose

C. K. Stead

eBook

"New Zealand's most extraordinary literary everyman - poet, novelist, critic, activist - C. K. Stead told the story of his first twenty-three years in South-West of Eden. In this second volume of his memoirs, Stead takes us from the moment he left New...

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Cleopatra by Duane  W. Roller

Cleopatra

Duane W. Roller

eAudiobook

Few personalities from classical antiquity are more famous - yet more poorly understood - than Cleopatra VII, queen of Egypt. In this major biography, Duane Roller reveals that Cleopatra was in fact a learned and visionary leader whose overarching goal...

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The school of restoration by Alice Achan

The school of restoration

Alice Achan

eAudiobook

Alice Achan was just 13 when the Lord's Resistance Army first terrorised her village in northern Uganda in 1987. She spent five years on the run from the brutal LRA and then cared for her young nieces after their mother died of AIDS, losing them one by...

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Gods and demons by Deborah Cassrels

Gods and demons

Deborah Cassrels

eAudiobook

In 2006, journalist Deborah Cassrels embarked n a personal odyssey to the Indonesian island of Bali. She was quickly enchanted by everything that most tourists find - it's beauty, easy lifestyle, exotic culture, stunning beaches and striking landscapes....

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The gay agenda by Ashley Molesso

The gay agenda

Ashley Molesso

eBook

A joyful celebration of the LGBTQ+ community's dvelopment, history, and culture, packed with facts, trivia, timelines, and charts, and featuring 100 full-color illustrations.Compiled and designed by queer power couple and illustrators extraordinaire,...

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Pembrokeshire by Jonathan Mullard

Pembrokeshire

Jonathan Mullard

eBook

This lushly illustrated and fully comprehensive book about the wildlife, landscapes and history of Pembrokeshire is a much-anticipated addition to the New Naturalist series, and reveals the incredible wealth of biodiversity present in the region. Surrounded...

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Raven Smith's trivial pursuits by Raven Smith

Raven Smith's trivial pursuits

Raven Smith

eBook

'Funny, interrogating, refreshingly self-aware and irresistibly readable' DOLLY ALDERTON 'You'll laugh. You'll cry.' LENA DUNHAM A hilarious, smart and incredibly singular debut from Raven Smith, whose exploration of the minutiae of everyday modern life...

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Notes from New Zealand by Edward Kanze

Notes from New Zealand

Edward Kanze

eBook

Unlike Australia, which is geologically stable, New Zealand is young and impetuous--ready to rumble at any moment. Temperate and green as the jade its original Maori inhabitants dug from the land, the country's modern cities and prosperous farms coexist...

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Kings of Shanghai  by Jonathan Kaufman

Kings of Shanghai

Jonathan Kaufman

Book

An epic, multigenerational story of two rival dynasties who flourished in Shanghai and Hong Kong as twentieth-century China surged into the modern era, from the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Shanghai, 1936. The Cathay Hotel, located on the city's...

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An American in Barcelona by Xavier Moret

An American in Barcelona

Xavier Moret

eBook

An inspirational novel of the real-life engineer whose ambitious project to build an electrical grid in Catalonia changed Barcelona forever Xavier Moret illuminates the story of the American engineer Frederick Stark Pearson, an entrepreneur with a gl...

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Algren at Sea by Nelson Algren

Algren at Sea

Nelson Algren

eBook

Notes from a Sea Diary- offers one of the most remarkable appraisals of Ernest Hemingway ever written. Aboard the freighter Malayasia Mail, Algren ponders his personal encounter with Hemingway in Cuba and the values inherent in Hemingway's stories as...

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Life and times of pioneering women of the Chatham Islands

Life and times of pioneering women of the Chatham Islands

Book

"The Chatham Islands lie some 860 km east of Christchurch, surrounded by the South Pacific Ocean. There could rarely be a more isolated place, in the 19th and early 20th century, for young women to travel to as the wives of early settlers or governme...

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The note through the wire by Doug Gold

The note through the wire

Doug Gold

Large Print

"In the heart of Nazi-occupied Europe, two people meet fleetingly in a chance encounter. One is an underground resistance fighter; the other a prisoner of war. A crumpled note passes between these two strangers and sets them on a course that will change...

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A distant mirror by Barbara W. (Barbara Wertheim) Tuchman

A distant mirror

Barbara W. (Barbara Wertheim) Tuchm...

eBook

The 14th century gives us back two contradictory images: a glittering time of crusades and castles, cathedrals and chivalry, and a dark time of ferocity and spiritual agony, a world plunged into a chaos of war, fear and the Plague. Barbara Tuchman an...

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A history of the samurai  by Jonathan López-Vera

A history of the samurai

Jonathan López-Vera

Book

A History of the Samurai tells the complete story of Japan's legendary warrior class from beginning to end-an epic tale of intrigue, bloodshed and bravery that is central to an understanding of the Japanese character and of Japanese history. It describes...

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Ten rogues by Peter Grose

Ten rogues

Peter Grose

Large Print

"From the grim docks of nineteenth-century London to the even grimmer shores of the brutal penal colony of Norfolk Island, this is a roller-coaster tale. It has everything: defiance of authority, treachery, piracy and mutiny, escape from the hangman's...

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1963, the year of the revolution by Ariel Leve

1963, the year of the revolution

Ariel Leve

eBook

1963. It was the year that Cold War protagonists sought a truce, the race to space stepped up a gear, feminism and civil rights flexed their political muscles, and President John F. Kennedy's assassination numbed the world. But as the front pages of ...

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Behold the Moon by Peter Entwisle

Behold the Moon

Peter Entwisle

eBook

Behold the Moon describes the European history of the Dunedin district (New Zealand) before the arrival of the Scottish settlers in 1848. It details a forgotten war between Maori and Pakeha sparked by a Maori chief's theft of a red shirt and a sealer...

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Fighting evil  by Macer Gifford

Fighting evil

Macer Gifford

Book

A visceral, riveting, no-holds-barred military memoir told from the front line of the war against ISIS with a foreword by Andy McNab. In the summer of 2014 the world watched in horror as the black flag of ISIS swept all before it. Mosul, the second l...

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The eagle of the Ninth by Rosemary Sutcliff

The eagle of the Ninth

Rosemary Sutcliff

eAudiobook

Around 117 AD the Roman Ninth Legion was ordered to put down an uprising among the Caledonian tribes. Four thousand men vanished without a trace into the swirling mists of the north of Roman Britain. Many years after their disappearance, a young cent...

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Payback by Margaret Atwood

Payback

Margaret Atwood

eBook

Payback is an intelligent, wide-ranging book that examines the metaphor of debt and the role it takes in our lives. Debt is like air - something we take for granted and never think about until things go wrong. This is not a book about debt management...

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Bill Bryson's The mother tongue by Devon Smith

Bill Bryson's The mother tongue

Devon Smith

eBook

In Mother Tongue: English and How It Got That Way, Bill Bryson guides us through the complicated history of the English language to figure out why it is the way it is. It's an interesting journey, part thesis and part pop science, that explains the m...

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Paris match  by John von Sothen

Paris match

John von Sothen

Book

In Brooklyn, John von Sothen fell in love with Anaïs, a French waitress. And then, one night in Paris, on the Pont Neuf, she agreed to marry him ("Bah, we can always get divorced!"). A couple of decades in, the two have become quatre, living in their...

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The convict valley  by Mark Dunn

The convict valley

Mark Dunn

Book

The story of the second British penal settlement in Australia, where a notoriously brutal convict regime became the template for penal stations in other states. Mark Dunn explores relations between the white settlers and the local Aboriginal landholders,...

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More miles than money by Garth Cartwright

More miles than money

Garth Cartwright

eBook

Armed only with a Greyhound ticket and enough money for his next beer, Garth Cartwright set out to see whether the American roots music he loved - blues and country, folk and soul - was still alive in the twenty-first century. His journey took him from...

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From midnight to guntown by John R. Hailman

From midnight to guntown

John R. Hailman

eBook

"As a federal prosecutor in Mississippi for over thirty years, John Hailman worked with federal agents, lawyers, judges, and criminals of every stripe. In From Midnight to Guntown, he recounts amazing trials and bad guy antics from the darkly humorous...

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A short history of Europe by Simon (Historian) Jenkins

A short history of Europe

Simon (Historian) Jenkins

Large Print

"Europe has for two millennia been a remarkably successful continent. In this dazzling new history, bestselling author Simon Jenkins tells the story of its evolution from a battlefield of warring tribes to peace, wealth and freedom - a story that twists...

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Close to where the heart gives out by Malcolm Alexander

Close to where the heart gives out

Malcolm Alexander

Large Print

"In his forties, Malcolm gave up his job in suburban Glasgow when a persistent seed that had been growing inside him started to bloom, disrupting the foundations of his life. When he saw the job advert, 'urgent: island doctor needed', he applied imme...

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