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The Changing Mind: A Neuroscientist's Guide to Ageing Well

Daniel Levitin

In The Changing Mind, neuroscientist, psychologist and internationally-bestselling author Daniel Levitin shows us exactly how the brain evolves from the moment we are born through to our late adult life, and sheds light on why recent studies have revealed that our brains actually peak in our eighties. NB We are hosting. Club Talk for members with Daniel on February 26th.

Life Lessons From a Brain Surgeon

Dr Rahul Jandial

World-leading neuroscientist and neurosurgeon Dr Rahul Jandial draws on his years of work with patients suffering from the most extreme cases of brain damage, disorders and illnesses to reveal what they can tell us about the science of the mind.

Dr Rahul is as impressive in person as he is in theatre, navigating the layers of the brain and its function in our creative, emotional and physical life.

Already a Sunday Times Bestseller, this book will continue fascinating readers for years to come.

Difficult Women: A History of Feminism in 11 Fights

Helen Lewis

Helen Lewis has written for numerous publications including The New York Times, The Sunday Times, and Vogue Magazine. She was the 2018/19 Women in the Humanities Honorary Writing Fellow at Oxford University and is currently a staff writer at The Atlantic. In this timely and stimulating read, Lewis uses a series of case studies throughout history to show that it has been some of the most difficult women who have made most of the world's expoNential progress. Many of these cases include women who also fought against each other in tandem with equal rights. Lewis argues that whilst the fighting for inequality is still not over, it is the dirtiest and most cunning plays that can get us further than we may have previously thought possible.

The Values Compass, What 101 Countries Teach Us About Purpose Life and Leadership

Dr Mandeep Rai

The Values Compass takes us into the hearts, minds, and traditions of the cultures and people of the world. It demonstrates how interconnected we are and how the divisions that exist between us stem from narrow self-interest rather than concern for the good of our human family. I hope that the book will contribute to making our world a happier place.' 

The Dalai Lama

More: The 10,000-Year Rise of the World Economy

Philip Coggan

Philip Coggan is an author and writer of the Bartleby Column for The Economist, covering management and work. In More, Coggan takes us on a journey through the history of civilisation in the context of trade, showing the commonalities and diffferences between the trading sector of the present day and that of the thousands of years prior, enlightening us as to the importance of social connection in generating increased economic prosperity.

Leadership Is Language: The Hidden Power of What You Say, And What You Don't

L. David Marquet

From former US Navy officer, and acclaimed author of Turn The Ship Around! comes a compelling new book on the significant impact of the words we use in the workplace on the efficiency of our employees, our relationships within hierachical teams, and the overall well-being and success of our business. Marquet urges leaders to forgo the out-dated language of control and domination and embrace more collaborative and creative methods of communication. Leadership is Language will have you transforming your thinking and speaking, and creating highly motivated teams as a result.

Physical Intelligence: The Science of Thinking Without Thinking

Scott Grafton

World-renowned neuroscientist, clinical neurologist, former GP, and researcher at University of California's 'Action Lab' Scott Grafton teaches us about the concept of physical intelligence, the mind-body connection that enables us to make instinctive decisions as to where, how and why we move in the way that we do. Grafton argues that physical intelligence has evolved to be at the root our every action, from knowing when to cross the street to win an Olympic sprint, and offers insights into how we can all access and improve this subtle, yet powerful, cognitive system.

Vicious Games: Capitalism and Gambling

Rebecca Cassidy

Rebecca Cassidy is a social anthropologist and Professor of Anthropology at Goldsmiths University. In Vicious Games, she analyses the path that gambling has taken from being a criminal activity to a means of big business, used by multinational corporations listed on international stock markets, and boosting the revenue of everything from sports to the free market. Cassidy also outlines those who have suffered the negative consequences of the rise of gambling in business and economics, from those from poorer areas of the world, to individuals suffering from gambling addiction and the impact on their personal lives, urging us to work for more equitable futures with new means of interest-yielding.

The Future We Choose: Surviving the Climate Crisis

Christiana Figueres, Tom Rivett-Carnac

Christiana Figueres, former UN Secretary for Climate and principal architect behind Paris Climate Agreement of 2015 teams up with her UN political strategist Tom Rivett-Carnac to present two worlds: a world in which we meet our recommended targets to reduce climate change by 2050, and a world in which we do not. This is a practical, inspirational, and essential read, offering us the chance to start with ten simple changes to our habits and create the world that we do want to see in the ever-approaching future. The Future We Choose reminds us of the powerful and urgent message that, we each have an individual power and, when used collectively, it will instigate global change of the desirable kind.

Influencers and Revolutionaries: How Innovative Trailblazers, Trends and Catalysts Are Transforming Business

Sean Pillot de Chenecey

Marketing expert Sean Pillot de Chenecey, whose clients have included Swatch, Heineken, Diageo, and AXA, describes the key business and innovation trends that have separated the 'leaders of disruption' from the rest of the pack. He describes how businesses can stay ahead of the competition by solving time-old problems in new and original ways, and gracefully yet efficiently adapt their philosophies for an ever-changing world by learning from the individuals and organisations that have set out to do so from the on-set.

Strange Antics: A History of Seduction

Clement Knox

Clement Knox, non-fiction buyer for Waterstone's, presents an original and fascinating exploration of the magnetic powers of seduction and the impact that it has had on everything from relationships to businesses, language, art, and politics. This entertaining and enlightening book traces the root of seduction in biblical texts and mythology through to modern-day scandals and the dating culture of the 21st century, showing us how deeply rooted seduction is in our narrative, and how significant its influence has been on the world.

A Bit of a Stretch: The Secret Diaries of a Prisoner

Chris Atkins

With pre-release praise from The Secret Barrister, documentary filmmaker Chris Atkin's account of his time as an inmate of HMP Wandsworth, one of the oldest and largest prisons in Europe, is set to offer readers shocking insights into the prison system, and the searing impact that the prison crisis, and its cost, is having on individuals on both sides of its bars. After being sentenced to five years in prison for his involvement in a illegal tax scheme used to fund his film, Atkins has taken his experience and produced an unflinching work to show us the reality behind the gates.

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