Most Wanted - October 2019

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Indistractable; How to Control Your Attention and Choose Your Life

Nir Eyal

A former Stanford lecturer and behavioural designer, Nir Eyal spent over a decade researching the psychology behind habit-forming products. The result was his international bestseller, Hooked.

 

Now, the man who identified the habit has delivered the cure. Eyal describes how to manage the discomfort that drives distraction, and explains why solving the problem is not as simple as swearing off your devices. With a four-step, research-backed model, Indistractable lays bare the secret to getting the best out of technology, without letting it get the best of you.

We Are the Weather: Saving the Planet starts at Breakfast

Jonathan Safran Foer

We can begin saving the planet with our knife and fork. The link between farming animals and the climate crisis is barely discussed, because giving up our meat-based diets feels like an impossible ask. But we don't have to go cold turkey. Cutting out animal products for just part of the day is enough to change the world.

The Glossy Years,

Nicholas Coleridge

With career in magazines from the glorious 1970s, 1980s and 1990s to the digital iterations of the 21st century, covering Tatler and Harpers & Queen, Nicholas Coleridge became the Mr Big of glossy publishing for three decades. Packed with surprising and often hilarious anecdotes, The Glossy Years provides perceptive insight into the changing and treacherous worlds of fashion, journalism, museums and a whole sweep of British society. This is a rich, honest, witty and very personal memoir of a life splendidly lived.

Artificial Intelligence: A Guide for Thinking Humans

Melanie Mitchell

Weaving together advances in AI with cognitive science and philosophy, Mitchell probes the extent to which today's 'smart' machines can actually think or understand, and whether AI requires such elusive human qualities in order to be reliable, trustworthy and beneficial.

Things No One Else Can Teach Us

Humble the Poet

In his trademark style, Humble shares raw, honest stories from his own life and explains how he transformed them into teaching moments. From breakups to going broke to racial prejudice, a change in mindset can allow us to see all things – particularly the most difficult – as opportunities for growth. Our task is to realise that opportunity in order to become more self-aware, grateful and empowered.

A Political History of the World: Three Thousand Years of War and Peace

Jonathan Holslag

Examining the causes of war and the search for peace: In three thousand years of history, China has spent at least eleven centuries at war. The Roman Empire was in conflict during at least 50 per cent of its lifetime. Since 1776, the United States has spent over one hundred years at war. Is war a universal sin of power? At a time when the threat of nuclear war looms again, this is a much-needed history intended for students of international politics, and anyone looking for a background on current events.

Validate Me, A Life of Co-Dependency

Charly Cox

Part comedy, part caricature, but mostly harrowing truth, Charly Cox’s second collection, Validate Me explores the havoc that the digital hemisphere is playing on our relationships, concentration span and mental health. 

Fuck Yeah, Video Games: The Life of Extra Lives of a Professional Nerd

Daniel Hardcastle

From God of War to Tomb Raider, Pokemon to The Sims, Daniel relives each game with countless in-jokes, obscure references and his signature wit, as well as intricate, original illustrations by Rebecca Maughan. 

The Infinite Game

Simon Sinek

The seemingly infinite Simon Sinek applies game theory to explore how great businesses achieve long-lasting success. He finds that building long-term value and healthy, enduring growth - that playing the infinite game - is the only thing that matters to your business. 

The Magic of Sleep: A Bedside Companion

Michael Acton-Smith

Beautifully illustrated and packed with fascinating facts and anecdotes, this book contains life-changing tips. At once a bedside companion and a sleeping aide, The Magic of Sleep will be your solution to a better sleeping life, improving each of your waking hours.

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