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Staff Review: The Myth of Martyrdom

The Myth of Martyrdom
What Really Drives Suicide Bombers Rampage Shooters and Other Self-Destructive Killers

Adam Lankford
Palgrave Macmillan USA

What really drives someone to put on a bomb vest walk out into a crowed street and blow themselves up; or what made those terrorists fly into the Twin Towers in 9/11? This book asks and answers these questions on what really drives suicide bombers, rampage shooters and other self-destructive killers.
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Friday Favourites: Cookbooks for Mother’s Day

We’re all looking at each other for clues as to a warm, heartfelt mother’s day gift!

The culinary range covered here is diverse, and brings us closer to understanding parallel foodies’ lives in some parts of the world we may never experience firsthand. As food often does, each cookbook inspires feelings of commonness among us. Most, if not all, ingredients used are widely available, but many we’ve never thought of pairing or using in quite the same way as they’re explored in their native environments and documented in these beautiful production numbers.

Both coffee table comfortable and highly practical, we hope you love these cookbooks as much as we do, and that among these is the gem that will solve your mother’s day gift-buying dilemma.
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Staff Review: Telling the Bees

Telling the Bees
Peggy Hesketh
Oneworld Publications

Telling the Bees is a deceptively slow story of contrast and mystery, which builds and builds the suspense right up to the very end.

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Staff Review: My Beautiful Genome

My Beautiful Genome
Lone Frank
Oneworld Publications

The judges comment, when shortlisting My Beautiful Genome by Lone Frank for the (London) Royal Society Winton Prize 2012 which is awarded for “stimulating, engaging, clear, accessible, and high-quality” science books, says it all about this book. The judges said: “My Beautiful Genome puts a personal story at the heart of the science. To some extent we are all narcissists and we want to learn more about ourselves, Frank provides us with an insight into how our genes help to define us. She keeps you wanting to read more.”
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Staff Review: The Wizard of Oz

BFI Film Classics: The Wizard of Oz
Salman Rushdie
Palgrave Macmillan

I’m going to be honest—when I decided to read Salman Rushdie’s critical analysis of one of my favourite movies, The Wizard of Oz, I was in it for a whimsical good time. While I did not (fully) expect to be transported straight onto the Yellow Brick Road beside Dorothy, familiarity with the authors favour for magical realism with a touch of historical fiction, did leave me expecting a fanciful take on this film classic.
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Staff Review: The Talented Manager

The Talented Manager: 67 Gems of Business Wisdom
Adrian Furnham
Palgrave Macmillan

The notion of business wisdom gems was enough for me to add this book to my reading list: category ‘productive read’. Access to 67 of them seemed like excellent value for money and time invested. With chapters like ‘blamestorming’, ‘could do better’, ‘nutters at work’, ‘protecting vulnerable customers’, and ‘writing your own obituary’ how could I go wrong?!
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Staff Review: The Particle at the End of the Universe

The Particle at the End of the Universe
Sean Carroll
Oneworld Publications

If you have a burning curiosity about the mechanics of the universe and the world of physics, or are simply after a book to read that will give you a little bit of context in which to watch The Big Bang Theory TV show, then this is the book for you. The Particle at the End of the Universe by Sean Carroll charts the historic journey, subsequent discovery and evidence of the Higgs boson particle, sometimes referred to as the God particle (however, referring to it as such will not endear you to many physicists).

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Staff Review: The Small Planet Vegetarian Cookbook

The Small Planet Vegetarian Cookbook
Troth Wells
New Internationalist

The Small Planet Vegetarian Cookbook   introduces ‘small dishes, lots of them, for our small planet’.

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Staff Review: Making Habits, Breaking Habits

Making Habits, Breaking Habits
Jeremy Dean
Oneworld Publications

Self-help style books are not my usual reading matter, so thought I would break a habit and challenge myself to read outside my comfort zone.  The majority of self-help books I have sold in as a rep have either been way too simple and condescending, or so totally complicated and full of scientific fact that you don’t even understand the back cover! This book is surprisingly different; fascinating, well written, easy to read and understand and if you are interested, footnotes that direct you to the actual science based study that section relates to.

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Staff Review: Orwell’s Cough

Orwell’s Cough
Diagnosing the Medical Maladies & Last Gasps of the Great Writers
John Ross
Oneworld Publications

This is a most fascinating book written by a GP that is not dense with medical details but full of interesting anecdotes, on the illnesses and diseases suffered by some of our most notable authors. For instance did you know that Shakespeare was terrified of getting syphilis, or that Orwell fought and died of tuberculosis?
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