NEW IN: With a foreword by CNN chief international correspondent Christiane Amanpour, 'Our Women on the Ground' presents essays from 19 Arab women journalists on what it’s like to report on their changing homelands. Their daring and heartfelt stories, told here for the first time, shatter stereotypes about the region’s women and provide an urgently needed perspective on a frequently misunderstood part of the world.
Critically acclaimed author and historian William Dalrymple returns with ‘The Anarchy’, a masterful page-turner that tells one of history's most remarkable stories: how the Mughal Empire — which dominated world trade and manufacturing and possessed almost unlimited resources — fell apart and was replaced by a multinational corporation based thousands of miles overseas and answerable to shareholders, most of whom had never even seen India and no idea about the country whose wealth was providing their dividends. Using previously untapped sources with judicious analysis and narrative clarity, Dalrymple tells the story of the East India Company as it has never been told before and provides a portrait of the devastating results from the abuse of corporate power.
Dramatic, much? But seriously though — how are we to learn, advance and develop as a society if we don't read? This tote from @outofprint is now available!
In 'Factfulness', legendary statisticians Hans, Anna, and Ola Rosling offer a radical new explanation of why we systematically get the answers wrong to simple questions about global trends, and reveal the 10 instincts that distort our perspective. The world is actually in a much better state than we might think. But when we let the bad news take on outsize proportions instead of embracing a worldview based on facts, we can lose our ability to focus on the things that threaten us most. The bestselling book is now available as a larger format hardback gift edition, complete with charts and colour photographs.
Set against the tumultuous political backdrop of late ’60s Chicago, 'My Favorite Thing Is Monsters' is the fictional graphic diary of 10-year-old Karen Reyes, filled with B-movie horror and pulp monster magazines iconography. Karen tries to solve the murder of her enigmatic upstairs neighbour, Anka Silverberg, a holocaust survivor, while the interconnected stories of those around her unfold. When Karen’s investigation takes us back to Anka’s life in Nazi Germany, the reader discovers how the personal, the political, the past, and the present converge. (The graphic novel is pictured with the Read or Die tote from Out of Print.)
Together with @optionstheedge , we celebrated the launch of sports pundit Bob Holmes' new book, 'Shanks, Yanks and Jurgen: The Men Behind Liverpool's Rise, Slip and Rise Again' in September. Listen to Min Hun's conversation with Bob in the latest episode of our podcast, the Lit Rewind, on our blog www.litbooks.com.my. The book is available at RM35.
#FRIDAYFICTION : In ‘The Wall’, John Lanchester has written a taut, hypnotic novel of a broken world and what might be found when all is lost. The novel blends the most compelling issues of our time ― rising waters, rising fear, rising political division ― into a suspenseful story of love, trust, and survival.
#FRIDAYFICTION : A searing debut by Taffy Brodesser-Akner, ‘Fleishman Is in Trouble’ is a finely observed, timely exploration of marriage, divorce, and the bewildering dynamics of ambition. The novel’s title character Toby Fleishman thought he knew what to expect when he and Rachel, his wife of almost 15 years, separated, but what he could not have predicted was Rachel dropping off their two children at his place and then not returning. As Toby struggles to understand what happened to Rachel and to their marriage, he grapples with how he might not have seen things all that clearly in the first place. This highly lauded debut is slated to be developed into a limited series by FX.
NEW IN: The Forward Book of Poetry 2020 brings together a selection of the best poetry published in the British Isles over the last year, including the winners of the 2019 Forward Prizes. In celebrating today's fresh voices alongside new work by familiar names, this anthology offers both an overview of the current poetry scene in the UK and a great introduction to contemporary poets. The book is pictured with the new Out of Print tote featuring a quote from a poem by Margaret Atwood: 'A word after a word after a word is power.'
'We Need New Stories: Challenging the Toxic Myths Behind Our Age of Discontent' by award-winning journalist Nesrine Malik debunks prevailing prejudices by examining the foundational myths at the centre of current culture wars. Has freedom of speech become a cover for promoting prejudice? Has the concept of political correctness been weaponised to avoid ceding space to those excluded from power? Does white identity politics pose an urgent danger? These are some of the questions at the centre of Malik's radical and thought-provoking analysis that challenges us to find new narrators whose stories can fill the void and unite us behind a shared vision.