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Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity and Poverty

Acemoglu, Daron
Why are some nations more prosperous than others? This book sets out to answer this question, with a compelling and elegantly argued new theory: that it is not down to climate, geography or culture, but because of institutions. It explains why the world is divided into nations with wildly differing levels of prosperity.

Under the Blue

Aristide, Oana
A lead debut novel: a literary thriller about a pandemic, the rise of AI, and how - or why - we might save the human race.

Paradise Block

Ash, Alice
An irresistibly strange debut short story collection set in a crumbling tower block.

Nasty Little Cuts

Baker, Tina
This outstanding psychological thriller explores how love can be poisoned by secrets and silence, and a seemingly perfect marriage becomes rotten to the core.

Psychotic Reactions and Carburetor Dung

Bangs, Lester
The essential writings of the greatest music writer of the twentieth, or any, century, reissued as a Serpent's Tail Classic.

Pompeii: The Life of a Roman Town

Beard, Professor Mary
Contains chapters that include Street Life, Earning a Living: Baker, Banker and Garum Maker (who ran the city), and The Pleasure of the Body: Food, Wine, Sex and Baths. This book offers an insight into the workings of a Roman town.


Beard, Professor Mary
The ruined silhouette of the Parthenon on its hill above Athens is one of the world's most famous images. Its 'looted' Elgin Marbles are a global cause celebre. But what actually are they? This work tells the history and explains the significance of the Parthenon, the temple of the virgin goddess Athena, the divine patroness of ancient Athens.

SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome

Beard, Professor Mary
Mary Beard on Ancient Rome: Britain's favourite classicist lifts the lid on the Roman Empire.

Confronting the Classics: Traditions, Adventures and Innovations

Beard, Professor Mary
Explores our rich classical heritage - from Greek drama to Roman jokes, introducing some larger-than-life characters of history, such as Alexander the Great, and Nero. The author invites you into the places where Greeks and Romans lived and died, from the palace at Knossos to Cleopatra's Alexandria - and reveals the often hidden world of slaves.

Women & Power: A Manifesto

Beard, Professor Mary
Mary Beard's feminist manifesto.

Strongmen: How They Rise, Why They Succeed, How They Fall ***EXP

Ben-Ghiat, Ruth (Professor of Italian an
Here, political historian Ruth Ben-Ghiat draws on analysis of everything from gender and sexuality to diplomatic strategy to explain who these political figures are - and how they manipulate our own history, fears and desires in search of power at any cost.

The Uncommon Reader

Bennett, Alan
The bestselling classic reissued for the Queen's 95th birthday.