Extreme Economies by Richard Davies. In his quest for a purer view of how economies succeed and fail, Richard Davies takes the reader off the beaten path to places where part of the economy has been repressed, removed, destroyed or turbocharged. By travelling to each of them and discovering what life is really like, Extreme Economies tells small stories that shed light on today’s biggest economic questions.
This is Shakespeare by Emma Smith (2nd May). So much of what we say about Shakespeare is either not true, or just not relevant. An exciting new guide to Shakespeare’s plays, This is Shakespeare thrives on revealing, not resolving, the ambiguities of Shakespeare’s work and its changing topicality.
Republic of Lies by Anna Merlan (2nd May). From UFOs to the New World Order, the inside story of how conspiracy theories won over America.
Don’t Touch My Hair by Emma Dabiri (2nd May). Straightened. Stigmatised. 'Tamed'. Erased. Black hair is never 'just hair’. From pre-colonial Africa, through the Harlem Renaissance, to today’s Natural Hair Movement and beyond, this book is about why black hair matters and how it can be viewed as a blueprint for decolonisation.
Clear Bright Future by Paul Mason (2nd May). Paul Mason argues that we are still capable - through language, innovation and co-operation - of shaping our future. He offers a vision of humans as more than puppets, customers or cogs in a machine.
12 Rules for Life by Jordan Peterson (2nd May, PB). The multi-million copy bestseller by the world’s ‘number 1 public intellectual’ Jordan Peterson, out in paperback.
Underland by Robert Macfarlane (2nd May). Robert Macfarlane takes us on a journey into the worlds beneath our feet. From the ice-blue depths of Greenland's glaciers, to the underground networks by which trees communicate, from Bronze Age burial chambers to the rock art of remote Arctic sea-caves, this is a deep-time voyage into the planet's past and future.
Hard Pushed: A Midwife’s Story by Leah Hazard (2nd May). No sleep for twenty hours. No food for ten. And a ward full of soon-to-be mothers… Welcome to the life of a midwife. Moving, compassionate and intensely candid, Hard Pushed is a love letter to new mothers and to Leah’s fellow midwives.
Naturally Tan by Tan France (16th May). A poignant and humorous memoir from Tan France, star of the Emmy award-winning TV show Queer Eye.
Erebus by Michael Palin (30th May, PB). HMS Erebus was one of the great exploring ships, a veteran of groundbreaking expeditions to the ends of the Earth. In 1848, it disappeared in the Arctic, its fate a mystery. In 2014, it was found. This is its story.