Non-fiction

Kutchinsky’s Egg

Serena Kutchinsky

As a child, Serena Kutchinsky watched as her father, Paul Kutchinsky, one of the world’s most brilliant jewellers, set out to make world’s largest jewelled egg – one that would rival Fabergé’s. It wou…


The Library of Ice: Readings from a Cold Climate

Nancy Campbell

A vivid and perceptive book, The Library of Ice is about one of our planet’s defining resources. It combines scientific and cultural history with memoir. From the world’s northernmost museum in Greenl…


Janet Flanner

Michèle Fitoussi

Janet Flanner’s story is intimately linked to that of the The New Yorker for which she was the Paris correspondent for over half a century. A feminist, lesbian, pacifist, seductress and leading figure…


The Billionaire Raj

James Crabtree

The Billionaire Raj tells the story of the twenty-five years since India opened its economy to the world. It argues that like America before it, it is mid-way through a battle to define how its societ…


Milk of Paradise

Lucy Inglis

Poppy tears, opium, heroin, fentanyl:  humankind has been in thrall to the ‘Milk of Paradise’ for millennia.  The latex of papaver somniferum is a bringer of sleep, of pleasurable lethargy, of relief…


The French Revolution

Stephen Clarke

In 1789 almost no one wanted to oust King Louis XVI, let alone guillotine him. People wanted democratic reform within a monarchy, and initially that was what they got. But as power-hungry populists us…


The Digital Ape

Nigel Shadbolt Roger Hampson

This book, written by one of the world’s pre-eminent web scientists, is an authoritative assessment of what is happening to the human race in the twenty-first century. It shows that we are living thro…


Giving

Alexandre Mars

Alexandre Mars, one of the New York Observer’s top 20 philanthropists under 40, takes us to the heart of a new revolution: the revolution of sharing. Alexandre Mars is not a typical entrepreneur. His…


The Road to Somewhere

David Goodhart

Many Remainers reported waking up the day after the Brexit vote feeling as if they were living in a foreign country. In fact, they were merely  experiencing the same feeling that many British people h…


When You Kant Figure It Out, Ask A Philosopher

Marie Robert

Kant, Spinoza, and Plato walk into a bar… Imagine they’ve come to talk over some of life’s big (and not-so-big) challenges. How can Kant comfort you when you get ditched via text message? How can Ar…