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Desire: 100 of Literature’s Sexiest Stories

Chosen by Mariella Frostrup (and the Erotic Review) Published by HarperCollins rrp$50.00

100 of literature’s sexiest stories, selected and introduced by Mariella Frostrup and the Erotic Review. 100 of literature’s sexiest stories, chosen by Mariella Frostrup and the Erotic Review. Strict mistresses, naughty maids, handsome gardners and disarming strangers; literature is awash with love, sex and desire. This collection brings together 100 of the best examples, hand-picked by Mariella Frostrup and the Erotic Review. From romance and seduction to downright dirty deeds, here are prize-winners, bestsellers and rising stars, each of whom prove that when it comes to the bedroom, a little fiction goes a long way. So whether you’re looking for love, lust or something in between, this gorgeous anthology is the perfect gift… or bedside companion.

The GCHQ Puzzle Book

Published by Penguin rrp $33.00

“If 3T, 4S, 5P, 6H, 7H . . . what is 8? What is the next letter in the sequence M, V, E, M, J, S, U, ? Which of the following words is the odd one out- Chat, Comment, Elf, Manger, Pain, Pour? GCHQ is a top-secret intelligence and security agency which recruits some of the very brightest minds. Over the years their codebreakers have helped keep our country safe, from the Bletchley Park breakthroughs of WW11 to the modern-day threat of cyberattack. So it comes as no surprise that, even in their time off, the staff at GCHQ love a good puzzle. Whether they’re recruiting new staff or challenging each other to the roughest Christmas quizzes and treasure hunts imaginable, puzzles are at the heart of what GCHQ does. Now they’re opening up their archives of decades’ worth of codes, puzzles and challenges for everyone to try. In this book you will find- Tips on how to get into the mindset of a codebreaker. Puzzles ranging in difficulty from easy to brain-bending.

Blitzed

Author : Norman Ohler (published by Penguin rrp$50.00)

“The Nazis presented themselves as warriors against moral degeneracy. Yet, as Norman Ohler’s gripping bestseller reveals, the entire Third Reich was permeated with drugs- cocaine, heroin, morphine and, most of all, methamphetamines, or crystal meth, used by everyone from factory workers to housewives, and crucial to troops’ resilience – even partly explaining German victory in 1940. The promiscuous use of drugs at the very highest levels also impaired and confused decision-making, with Hitler and his entourage taking refuge in potentially lethal cocktails of stimulants administered by the physician Dr Morell as the war turned against Germany. While drugs cannot on their own explain the events of the Second World War or its outcome, Ohler shows, they change our understanding of it. Blitzed forms a crucial missing piece of the story.”

Homegoing

Author : Yaa Gyasi (published by Penguin rrp$33.00)

“‘She worked in the field. It was not new to her. In Hell, she’d worked the land too. In Hell, the sun scorched cotton so hot it almost burned the palms of your hands to touch it. Holding those small white puffs almost felt like holding fire, but God forbid you let one drop.’ Effia and Esi- two sisters with two very different destinies. One sold into slavery; one a slave trader’s wife. The consequences of their fates reverberate through the generations that follow. Taking us from the Gold Coast of Africa to a cotton-picking plantation in Mississippi, from a village missionary school to the dive bars of Harlem, spanning three continents and seven generations, Yaa Gyasi has written a miraculous novel – the intense, heartbreaking story of a one family and through their lives the very story of America itself. Epic in its canvas and intimate in its portraits, Homegoing is a novel about how history shapes us all. It is a searing and profound debut from a masterly new writer.”

Homo Deus

Author : Yuval Noah Harari (published by Random House rrp$35.00)

” **From the author of the global phenomenon Sapiens** ‘Homo Deus will shock you. It will entertain you. Above all, it will make you think in ways you had not thought before.’ Daniel Kahneman, author of Thinking Fast, and Slow Yuval Noah Harari, author of the bestselling Sapiens- A Brief History of Humankind, envisions a not-too-distant world in which we face a new set of challenges. In Homo Deus, he examines our future with his trademark blend of science, history, philosophy and every discipline in between. Homo Deus explores the projects, dreams and nightmares that will shape the twenty-first century – from overcoming death to creating artificial life. It asks the fundamental questions- Where do we go from here? And how will we protect this fragile world from our own destructive powers? This is the next stage of evolution. This is Homo Deus. War is obsolete You are more likely to commit suicide than be killed in conflict Famine is disappearing You are at more risk of obesity than starvation Death is just a technical problem Equality is out – but immortality is in What does our future hold?”

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