Hot Book Summer: July Pre-Orders

Nothing says "hot you summer" more than the perfect book: we've got heroes, witches, dragons, spirits, Minotaurs, statues, sisters, teachers, nature, drugs, money… & ofc pasta, all for your 10% off delectation. 

Samantha Walton, Everybody Needs Beauty: In Search of the Nature Cure

We're delighted to be launching Sam Walton's hotly-anticipated look at the politics of the nature cure and whether we can ever get outside capitalism. Pre-order now with 10% off, and get a link to the online event, in conversation with Alice Tarbuck, on 28 July 2021! Beauty.

Guillem Balague, Maradona: The Boy. The Rebel. The God.

Euros fever has you wanting all great football, all the time / Euros meh has you wanting something better? What could be greater than this: one of the best sports journalists on the G.O.A.T., Maradona. 

Candice Brathwaite, Sista Sister

Loved I Am Not Your Baby Mother? Get more Candice Brathwaite, or discover her wisdom, this time with engaging essays of intimate, straight-shooting advice she wished she had as a young Black girl in Britain.

Max Egremont, The Glass Wall: Lives on the Baltic Frontier

The Eastern Baltic brings with it big questions & hard histories around borders & control – but also rich & complex cultures and landscapes. Part travelogue, part oral history, part reflection on limits & being in place.

Akwaeke Emezi, Dear Senthuran: A Black Spirit Memoir

Akwaeke Emezi changes the world of literature again with their fourth book, a Black spirit memoir that delves deep and sings in wild registers of embodiment outside the bounds, more-than-human. Profound.

Rivka Galchen, Everyone Knows Your Mother is a Witch

An incredible historical find underlies Rivka Galchen's new novel: that Astronomer Royal Johannes Kepler's mother Katharina, known for her herbal remedies, was accused of witchcraft. Here, she tells her side of the story.

Rick Gekoski, Guarded by Dragons: Encounters with Rare Books and Rare People

It's a book about books, by someone who knows pretty much everything about them: how to read them, how to find them, and how to take care of them. Rollicking wild quests of the most bookish sort. 

Beryl Gilroy, Black Teacher

Back in print with a new foreword by Bernardine Evaristo, Beryl Gilroy's memoir is a great place to go next if you love Small AxeSmall Island, or the huge significance of the Windrush Generation. Jam-packed full of insight. 

Calla Henkel, Other People's Clothes

What if the eccentric crime novelist owner of your summer rental were using you as inspiration? What if you were lost in grief & longing, and decided to give her material? What could possibly go wrong?

Harold Sonny Ladoo, No Pain Like This Body

First published by Anansi in 1972, Harold Sonny Ladoo's book returns to meet the moment once more, with its look back to the early 20th century in the Eastern Caribbean, and a precarious Hindu rice-farming community.  

Claire North, Notes from the Burning Age

If someone approached you with forbidden texts from a time of climate disaster, texts that could change – maybe destroy – everything you know, what would you do? That's the challenge facing the archivist Ven in Claire North's fiery new novel.

Morgan Parker, Other People's Comfort Keeps Me Up at Night

Missed Morgan Parker's debut when it first dazzled? Grab it now with a new introduction by Danez Smith, and revel in poetry that knows no boundaries, covers all the bases and grabs all the feels.

Michael Pollan, This Is Your Mind On Plants: Opium-Caffeine-Mescaline

Or: why is caffeine legal when opium and mescaline aren't? Pollan, as ever, provides personal testimony on ingestion to set against social, cultural and political histories of legislation. Consume wisely.

Rachel Roddy, An A-Z of Pasta: Stories, Shapes, Sauces, Recipes

This is your mind on pasta. Actually, it's the mind of one of our best contemporary food writers, an expert on eating Italian here taking us from the basics to the baroque. Absolutely delicious.

Amartya Sen, Home in the World: A Memoir

From being named by Rabindranath Tagore in Santiniketan to becoming Master of Trinity College, Cambridge, Amartya Sen travels the complex rivers of British-Bengali relations across his lifetime, while thinking about why education matters.

Clare Sestanovich, Objects of Desire

"It’s a pleasure to see the world through their sharp eyes," writers the NY Times of Clare Sestanovich's young female narrators who, in most cases, are just working out what they desire, or watching others who have worked it out, with tenderness.

Manon Uphoff, trans. Sam Garrett, Falling is Like Flying

Uphoff's devastatingly beautiful autofiction deservedly won the Netherlands' Charlotte Kohler Prize in 2020. In it, a young woman relays the horrors of her abusive childhood & the difficult powers of survival. Astounding. 

Otegha Uwagba, We Need to Talk About Money

An amazing book about how the taboos around money reveal what it is: a matter of class, race, gender and privilege. Looking at work, rent, relationships and family, Otegha Uwagba's candid study blows away the shame and gets real.

Alex von Tunzelmann, Fallen Idols: Twelve Statues That Made History

A timely cultural history, handy to take to protests. It shows how statues don't erase history when they fall, they reveal its difficult truths and often write new stories that help us know ourselves.

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