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  • Utopia for Realists
  • Humankind. A Hopeful History
  • Who cares Wins
  • Plastic Free
  • Turning the Tide on Plastic


  • A Promised Land (Barack Obama)
    (Due November 18th 2020)

  • This Thing of Darkness
  • Three Men in a Boat
  • The Riddle of the Sands
  • The River of No Return
  • Melt
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    By Rutger Bregman . 0.27kg Softback, 130mm x 195mm, 316 pages. This edition published 2018

    We live in a time of unprecedented upheaval, with questions about the future, society, work, happiness, family and money, and yet no political party of the right or left is providing us with answers. Rutger Bregman, a bestselling Dutch historian, explains that it needn't be this way.

    Bregman shows that we can construct a society with visionary ideas that are, in fact, wholly implementable. Every milestone of civilization – from the end of slavery to the beginning of democracy – was once considered a utopian fantasy. New utopian ideas such as universal basic income and a 15-hour work week can become reality in our lifetime.

    This guide to a revolutionary yet achievable utopia is supported by multiple studies, lively anecdotes and numerous success stories. From a Canadian city that once completely eradicated poverty, to Richard Nixon's near implementation of a basic income for millions of Americans, Bregman takes us on a journey through history, beyond the traditional left-right divides, as he introduces ideas whose time has come.

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    By Rutger Bregman . 0.65kg Softback, 155mm x 235mm, 465 pages. Published 2020

    Humankind makes a new argument: that it is realistic, as well as revolutionary, to assume that people are good.
    The instinct to cooperate rather than compete, trust rather than distrust, has an evolutionary basis going right back to the beginning of Homo sapiens. By thinking the worst of others, we bring out the worst in our politics and economics too.

    In this major book, internationally bestselling author Rutger Bregman takes some of the world's most famous studies and events and reframes them, providing a new perspective on the last 200,000 years of human history.
    From the real-life Lord of the Flies to the Blitz, a Siberian fox farm to an infamous New York murder, Stanley Milgram's Yale shock machine to the Stanford prison experiment, Bregman shows how believing in human kindness and altruism can be a new way to think – and act as the foundation for achieving true change in our society.

    It is time for a new view of human nature.

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    By Lily Cole . 0.59kg Softback, 155mm x 235mm, 440 pages. Published 2020

    Optimism demands action. Optimism is an active choice. Optimism is not naïve and it is not impossible. We are living in an age of turmoil, destruction and uncertainty. Global warming has reached terrifying heights of severity, human expansion has caused the extinction of countless species, and Neoliberalism has led to a destructive divide in wealth and a polarisation of mainstream politics. But, there is a constructive way to meet this challenge, there is a reason to keep on fighting and there are plenty of reasons for optimism.

    Exploring issues from fast fashion to fast food and renewable energy to gender equality, this book is a rousing call to action that will leave you feeling hopeful that we can make a difference.

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    By Rebecca Prince-Ruiz & Joanna Atherfold Finn . 0.34kg Softback, 155mm x 235mm, 262 pages. Published 2020
    The Inspiring story of a Global Environmental movement and why it matters.

    This book is, at its heart, a book about how ordinary people can make extraordinary changes. It tells the story of Plastic Free July, a social phenomenon involving over 250 million people in 177 countries. Most importantly, it shows how a determined community can be a formidable force.
    The story opens with a simple question from Rebecca: ‘I’m going plastic free next month. Who wants to join me?’ and charts the journey as that small group of people who said yes branch out into one of the world’s most successful environmental movements.
    The answers are explored through people around the world who have had their own ‘penny drop’ moment, as Rebecca did when she visited her local recycling centre: ‘the end-of-life point of human production and consumerism.’ It was there that Rebecca grasped an uncomfortable understanding of where her plastic packaging went when she threw it ‘away’. She realised something that had been teetering around the edge of her consciousness for some time: ‘The heart of the problem is how much we consume, and we can’t recycle our way out of it.’

    Although Plastic Free is solutions focused, it doesn’t shy away from exploring how we got to the point of being a ‘throwaway society’ in a relatively short period of time...

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    By Lucy Siegle. Hardback, 0.39kg, 225mm x 140mm, 264 pages, Published 2018.
    How Humanity (and You) can Make Our Globe Clean Again.

    Enough plastic is thrown away every year to circle the world 4 times. More than 8 million tonnes of plastic enter the oceans each year. 300 million tonnes of new plastic is produced every year, An estimated 15-51 trillion pieces of plastic now litter the world's oceans. 38.5 million plastic bottles are used every day in the UK alone. A million plastic bottles are used per minute around the world and 500 million plastic straws are used per year.

    Without big action, at the current rate, pieces of plastic will outnumber fish in the ocean by 2050.

    Plastic flows into our lives from every direction and most of it is not recycled. Instead it is incinerated or ends up in landfill, where it will sit for hundreds of years, or enters the world's seas where it fragments into tiny pieces to become microplastics - the environmental scourge of our times.

    Eco lifestyle expert Lucy Siegle provides a powerful call to arms to end the plastic pandemic along with the tools we need to make decisive change. It is a clear-eyed, authoritative and accessible guide to help us to take decisive and effective personal action.

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    By Barack Obama. Hardback, 0.39kg, 225mm x 140mm, 764 pages, Due to be Published and in stock November 18th 2020.

    A riveting, deeply personal account of history in the making—from the president who inspired us to believe in the power of democracy.

    In the stirring, highly anticipated first volume of his presidential memoirs, Barack Obama tells the story of his improbable odyssey from young man searching for his identity to leader of the free world, describing in strikingly personal detail both his political education and the landmark moments of the first term of his historic presidency-a time of dramatic transformation and turmoil.

    Reflecting on the presidency, he offers a unique and thoughtful exploration of both the awesome reach and the limits of presidential power, as well as singular insights into the dynamics of U.S. partisan politics and international diplomacy.

    This beautifully written and powerful book captures Barack Obama's conviction that democracy is not a gift from on high but something founded on empathy and common understanding and built together, day by day.

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    By Harry Thompson . 0.59kg Paperback, 130mm x 200mm, 744 pages. Published 2005
    Brilliant young naval officer Robert Fitzroy is given the captaincy of the HMS Beagle, surveying the wilds of Tierra del Fuego, aged just 23. He takes a passenger: a young trainee cleric and amateur geologist named Charles Darwin. This is the story of a deep friendship between two men, and the twin obsessions that tore it apart, leading one to triumph and the other to disaster...

    Tory aristocrat Fitzroy was a staunch Christian who believed in the sanctity of the individual in a world created by God: Darwin the liberal cleric and natural historian went on to develop a theory of evolution that would cast doubt on the truth of the Bible and the descent of man. The friendship forged during their epic expeditions on land and sea turned into bitter enmity as Darwin's theories threatened to destroy everything Fitzroy stood for ...

    (From the review from the Sunday Telelgraph) ..."This is an outstanding novel in every way. A page-turning action/adventure combined with subtle intellectual arguments"

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    By Jerome K. Jerome. Pbk, 0.23kgs, 130mm x 198mm, 220 pages, publ. 2011.
    Martyrs to hypochondria and general seediness, J. and his friends George and Harris decide that a jaunt up the Thames would suit them to a 'T'. But when they set off, they can hardly predict the troubles that lie ahead with tow-ropes, unreliable weather-forecasts and tins of pineapple chunks - not to mention the devastation left in the wake of J.'s small fox-terrier Montmorency. Three Men in a Boat was an instant success when it appeared in 1889, and, with its benign escapism, authorial discursions and wonderful evocation of the late-Victorian 'clerking classes', it hilariously captured the spirit of its age.

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    By Erskine Childers. Pbk, 128mm x 198mm, 327 pages.
    I make absolutely no apologies for enthusing about this little story since it is without doubt one of the all-time yachting and nautical classics. Written in 1903 (the year of the Wright brothers first powered flight), at the time when sea-power measured supremacy, it had profound political results. Via the narrative it was a major factor in alerting Great Britain to the dangers of German invasion - until this time it was France that had always been regarded as Britain's natural military threat. Also the concept of what became the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve was conceived and recommended in the story.
    The action takes place during late summer and autumn off the sands to the east of the North Sea along that short stretch of German coastline. It concerns two young men - one a rather eccentric English yachtsman and the other a smart and (in modern terms) upwardly mobile Foreign Office civil servant. Together they discover and investigate a German plan to invade England from the protected inlets along a stretch of the German coastline, landing at the deserted marshes and low country of East Anglia.
    Erskine Childers himself loved sailing about the Friesian coast where most of the action takes place, and the story is an absolute delight in it's descriptions of the two yachtsmen managing their small craft amongst the tides and October storms in these very difficult waters.
    The Irish author himself became the victim of politics and was shot dead during the Irish problems in the 1920's.

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    By Neil Robinson. Paperback, 153mm x 234mm, 273 pages.
    Although this is a novel, as Neil Robinson himself said: "Most of the characters are fictitious, but not, I hope, too far from the truth".

    In The River of no Return Neil Robinson paints a vivid picture from a palette rich in dry wit of the Nova Scotian settlement at Waipu, Northland,in 1860

    The paradoxical character of Norman Mcleod shines contrasting lights over the scene as young Donald McKinnon, on his rite of passage, attempts to question the methods and ideas of the minister, wrestles with the expectations and values of his love for the "beautiful and good" Jessie McKay.

    The backdrop for this eminently human New Zealand novel is a monatge of bushmen working the virgin kauri forests of Northland, merchants and street-wise opportunists in the young town of Auckland, and sea-faring traders of goods, men, and human souls in the tropical islands of New Caledonia and the New Hebrides.

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    By Jeff Murray. 0.36kg Paperback, 155mm x 230mm, 289 pages. Published 2019
    An urgent, crushing observation of adaptation and exclusion amidst preparation to settle Antarctica as climate destruction starts to bite.
    New Zealand in 2048, gateway to the melting continent, is thrust into the centre of the climate crises. Vai Shuster, the Advocate of a tiny, broken island, must find a place for her community in a world that's not sure it needs the poor.

    A chilling tale of power and treachery set against the future of the last great resource on the planet... Antarctica

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