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6 July 2022 (450 words)
Amsterdam: A Brief Life of the City (Geert Mak)
- from polders to provocations
27 June 2022 (405)
How Dead Languages Work (Coulter H. George)
- a linguistic, historical + literary potpourri covering six languages
25 May 2022 (714)
The Fifth Sun: A New History of the Aztecs (Camilla Townsend)
- using indigenous Nahuatl sources
26 April 2022 (280)
The Road to Middle-Earth (Tom Shippey)
J.R.R. Tolkien: Author of the Century (Tom Shippey)
5 April 2022 (365)
*Atlas of the Invisible (James Cheshire, Oliver Uberti)
Maps and Graphics That Will Change How You See the World
3 March 2022 (234)
The Travelling Cat Chronicles (Hiro Arikawa)
- a road-trip around Japan with a cat
8 February 2022 (717)
Fire and Ice (Natalie Starkey)
The Volcanoes of the Solar System
26 January 2022 (205)
Autumn Rounds (Jacques Poulin)
- an exceptionally gentle novel, a quiet romance
3 January 2022 (299)
Tomb of Sand (Geetanjali Shree)
- from family comedy to the politics of partition
28 December 2021 (82)
Fifty Sounds (Polly Barton)
17 December 2021 (309)
The Pursuit of Italy (David Gilmour)
A History of a Land, Its Regions and Their Peoples
15 November 2021 (268)
*Manaschi (Hamid Ismailov)
- a Kyrgyz story, modern and traditional
18 October 2021 (401)
Britain Begins (Barry Cunliffe)
- from the Ice Age to the Norman Conquest
3 September 2021 (318)
**Lectures on the Philosophy of Mathematics (Joel David Hamkins)
- from numbers and rigor to incompleteness and set theory
2 September 2021 (157)
The English Civil Wars 1640-1660 (Blair Worden)
- a straightforward but insightful account
7 August 2021 (351)
*Combinatorics and Graph Theory (Harris, Hirst, Mossinghoff)
- from the elementary to the infinite
31 July 2021 (293)
Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982 (Cho Nam-Joo)
- a woman's life in modern South Korea
14 July 2021 (647)
The Miracle Pill (Peter Walker)
Why a sedentary world is getting it all wrong
23 June 2021 (211)
Everything Like Before (Kjell Askildsen)
- stories of estrangement and misunderstanding
6 June 2021 (265)
*Tokyo Ueno Station (Yu Miri)
- down and out in Tokyo and Fukushima
18 May 2021 (659)
*Jellyfish: A Natural History (Lisa-Ann Gershwin)
- a fascinating survey with stunning photos
27 April 2021 (539)
Viruses, Plagues, and History (Michael B. A. Oldstone)
Past, Present, and Future
Viruses: A Very Short Introduction (Dorothy H. Crawford)
15 April 2021 (540)
Across the Bridge (Henry Gee)
Understanding the Origin of the Vertebrates
29 March 2021 (547)
Turning Points (Mark A. Noll)
Decisive Moments in the History of Christianity
24 March 2021 (576)
Salt Water (Josep Pla)
- stories of the north Catalan coast
1 March 2021 (796)
Mathematics in Ancient Egypt (Annette Imhausen)
A Contextual History
4 February 2021 (988)
**Army Ants (Daniel J.C. Kronauer)
Nature's Ultimate Social Hunters
2 February 2021 (607)
Lying For Money (Dan Davies)
How Legendary Frauds Reveal the Workings of Our World
11 January 2021 (218)
*The Writer's Map (Huw Lewis-Jones)
An Atlas of Imaginary Lands
4 January 2021 (441)
*Trees: Their Natural History (Peter A. Thomas)
- the challenges of being a tree
4 January 2021 (128)
*Difficult Light (Tomás González)
- age and memory; pain, suffering, love and joy
7 December 2020 (228)
Beyond Global Warming (Syukuro Manabe, Anthony J. Broccoli)
How Numerical Models Revealed the Secrets of Climate Change
30 November 2020 (301)
*Uncle Petros and Goldbach's Conjecture (Apostolos Doxiadis)
- a novel of obsession and mathematics
25 November 2020 (598)
Transport Matters (Iain Docherty, Jon Shaw)
- seventeen essays on a range of UK issues
19 November 2020 (581)
State and Religion in China (Anthony C. Yu)
Historical and Textual Perspectives
11 November 2020 (250)
The Treasure of the Spanish Civil War (Serge Pey)
- powerful stories of childhood and exile
13 October 2020 (499)
Elements of Mathematics: From Euclid to Gödel (John Stillwell)
- "elementary" and its boundary with "advanced"
2 October 2020 (292)
*Iran: A Modern History (Abbas Amanat)
- from the Safavids to the Islamic Revolution
25 September 2020 (672)
Building the Cycling City (Melissa Bruntlett, Chris Bruntlett)
The Dutch Blueprint for Urban Vitality
12 September 2020 (537)
End of the Megafauna (Ross D. E. MacPhee)
The Fate of the World's Hugest, Fiercest, and Strangest Animals
9 September 2020 (789)
Vincent's Starry Night and Other Stories (Michael Bird)
A Children's History of Art
A Journey Through Art (Aaron Rosen)
A Global History
8 September 2020 (1091)
Mastery in Primary Mathematics (Tom Garry)
- a mastery approach to teaching mathematics teaching
Mastery Mathematics for Primary Teachers (Robert Newell)

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