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  • Dante: The Invention of Celebrity

    Dante: The Invention of Celebrity

    Dante (the seventh centenary of whose death is being marked in 2021), the author of one of the greatest works of European literature, has also inspired a wealth of images which, themselves, continue to shape our perceptions of the poet as visionary; of romantic love and political corruption; and of hell and salvation, whether understood in the context of this world or another.

  • Roots to Seeds: 400 Years of Oxford Botany

    Roots to Seeds: 400 Years of Oxford Botany

    Profiling the botanists and collections that have helped transform our understanding of the biology of plants over 400 years of botanical research and teaching by Oxford University.

  • A Pyrrhic Victory

    A Pyrrhic Victory

    This meticulously researched thriller series by world-renowned scientist lifts the veil on the secretive world of academic medical research, where rivalries flare in the pursuit of prestige and power.

  • Deidamia’s Surprise

    Deidamia’s Surprise

    This meticulously researched thriller series by world-renowned scientist lifts the veil on the secretive world of academic medical research, where rivalries flare in the pursuit of prestige and power.

  • The Achilles Gene

    The Achilles Gene

    This meticulously researched thriller series by world-renowned scientist lifts the veil on the secretive world of academic medical research, where rivalries flare in the pursuit of prestige and power.

  • Unsettled Ground by Claire Fuller

    Unsettled Ground by Claire Fuller

    Unsettled Ground by Claire Fuller is a gorgeously written celebration of the natural world as well as a moving portrait of a family struggling against time

  • Transcendent Kingdom

    Transcendent Kingdom

    Transcendent Kingdom is a searing story of love, loss and redemption, and the myriad ways we try to rebuild our lives from the rubble of our collective pasts.

  • The Golden Rule

    The Golden Rule

    Amanda Craig is a state-of-the-nation writer, and there is plenty to chew on in her tirelessly socially engaged 10th book, The Golden Rule.

  • Summer

    Summer

    The unmissable finale to Ali Smith’s dazzling literary tour de force: the Seasonal quartet concludes in 2020 with Summer.

  • Small Pleasures

    Small Pleasures

    Centring on Jean Swinney, a woman approaching 40 whose prospects of fulfilment have begun to fade, there is compassion, and quiet humour, to be found in this tale of a putative virgin birth in postwar Britain.

  • Piranesi

    Piranesi

    Piranesi by Susanna Clarke is the spectacular new novel from the bestselling author of Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell.

  • Nothing But Blue Sky

    Nothing But Blue Sky

    Nothing But Blue Sky is a precise and tender story of love in marriage – a gripping examination of what binds couples together and of what keeps them apart.