A look at the unconventional marriage between Benjamin Disraeli, one of Britain’s most charismatic prime ministers, and his highly eccentric wife, who was 12 years his elder and on her second marriage.
Experiences, good; possessions, bad is the idea trend forecaster James Wallman investigates in his book Stuffocation, which examines why we have so much stuff and why it might not be good for us.
New York Times best-selling author and psychiatrist Norman Doidge examines why people have made some extraordinary reverses from debilitating afflictions, such as strokes, brain injuries, Parkinson’s, autism and multiple sclerosis.
After 15 years of living in Italy the war correspondent and acclaimed travel writer John Hooper has a stab at getting to the nub of Italy, a “sublime and maddening, fascinating yet baffling” land.
The first part of David Lodge’s memoirs, one of the wittiest writers in the English firmament, should be an enjoyable and enlightening read. It tracks his childhood and early success.
Neil Gaiman fans will be glad to hear that he returns this year to print with a short story collection that once again pits the old gods against the new in modern-day America.
The two Britons, Alexander McQueen and John Galliano, gods of the fashion world in the early part of this century, flew too close to the sun. Dana Thomas tells their gripping and ultimately tragic stories.
In Roddy Doyle’s (inset below) first outing for the Quick Read series, he looks at friendship – Pat had a best friend Joe Murphy since childhood until a falling out; they speak again the day before Joe’s funeral.
What’d life be like post-apocalypse? In 2006, Dylan Evans tried to find out. He jacked in his job and set up a utopian commune in the Scottish Highlands. Within a year things turned dystopian.
The first comprehensive history of Irish mountaineering by the man who brought orienteering to Ireland and led the first Irish climbing expeditions of Peru and the Himalayas.
Expect verve and the busting of plenty of myths in Professor Diarmaid Ferriter’s unravelling of Ireland’s revolutionary years (1913-1923), an account which draws on newly released archival material and witness testimonies.
First novel in a decade from The Remains of the Day author about a couple who cross a troubled land in search of their son, and, according to Ishiguro, is about “lost memories, love, revenge and war”.
A new biography to mark the 50th anniversary of TS Eliot’s death looks at the worlds the American poet passed through in his early years, including ragtime St Louis, Massachusetts and Paris.