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The Gene: An Intimate History by Siddhartha Mukherjee - £8.99
Selected as a Book of the Year by The New York Times, The Economist, Independent, Observer and Mail on Sunday  THE NEW YORK TIMES NUMBER ONE BESTSELLER BBC RADIO 4 BOOK OF THE WEEK  The Gene is the story of one of the most powerful a ... more
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The Metamorphosis of the World: How Climate Change is Transforming Our Concept of the World by Ulrich Beck - £12.99
We live in a world that is increasingly difficult to understand. It is not just changing: it is metamorphosing. Change implies that some things change but other things remain the same capitalism changes, but some aspects of capitalism remain as they ... more
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Confessions of a Recovering Environmentalist by Paul Kingsnorth - £14.99
Paul Kingsnorth was once an activist, an ardent environmentalist. He fought against rampant development and the depredations of a corporate world that seemed hell-bent on ignoring a looming climate crisis in its relentless pursuit of profit. But as t ... more
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The Tesla Revolution: Why Big Oil is Losing the Energy War by Willem Middelkoop and Rembrandt Koppelaar - £15.99
Though oil prices have been on a downward trajectory in recent months, that doesn't obscure the fact that fossil fuels are finite, and we will eventually have to grapple with the end of their dominance. At the same time, however, skepticism about the ... more
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Fingers in the Sparkle Jar: A Memoir by Chris Packham - £8.99
Every minute was magical, every single thing it did was fascinating and everything it didn't do was equally wondrous, and to be sat there, with a Kestrel, a real live Kestrel, my own real live Kestrel on my wrist! I felt like I'd climbed through a ho ... more
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The Long, Long Life of Trees by Fiona Stafford - £10.99
A lyrical tribute to the diversity of trees, their physical beauty, their special characteristics and uses, and their ever-evolving meanings   Since the beginnings of history trees have served humankind in countless useful ways, but our relati ... more
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Lab Girl by Hope Jahren - £8.99
A frank, illuminating and incandescent memoir by a trailblazing scientist; a moving portrait of a longtime collaboration in work and life; and a book that casts a whole new light on the natural world.   Lab Girl is a book about work and about ... more
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The Emerald Planet: How Plants Changed Earth's History by David Beerling - £10.99
Plants have profoundly moulded the Earth's climate and the evolutionary trajectory of life. Far from being 'silent witnesses to the passage of time', plants are dynamic components of our world, shaping the environment throughout history as much as th ... more
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Rain: Four Walks in English Weather by Melissa Harrison - £8.99
An evocative meditation on the English landscape in wet weather by the acclaimed novelist and nature writer, Melissa Harrison.  Whenever rain falls, our countryside changes. Fields, farms, hills and hedgerows appear altered, the wildlife behaves ... more
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Birds Art Life Death: A Field Guide to the Small and Significant by Kyo Maclear - £12.99
‘Now when I hear birdsong, I feel an entry to that understory. When I am feeling too squeezed on the ground, exhausted by everything in my care, I look for a little sky. There are always birds flying back and forth, city birds flitting around our h ... more
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Climate Change (A Ladybird Expert Book) by HRH The Prince of Wales, Tony Juniper and Dr Emily Shuckburgh - £7.99
Part of the new Ladybird Expert series, Climate Change is a clear, simple and enlightening introduction to one of the most important issues facing our world today.  From HRH The Prince of Wales, environmentalist Tony Juniper and climate scientist ... more
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Quantum Mechanics (A Ladybird Expert Book) by Jim Al-Khalili - £7.99
Part of the new Ladybird Expert series, Quantum Mechanics is a clear, simple and entertaining introduction to the weird, mind-bending world of the very, very small.   Written by physicist and broadcaster Professor Jim Al-Khalili, it explores all t ... more
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Evolution (A Ladybird Expert Book) by Steve Jones - £7.99
Part of the new Ladybird Expert series, Evolution is a clear, simple and entertaining introduction to Charles Darwin's pioneering and revolutionary theory of how all life changes through natural selection.   Written by broadcaster, prize-winni ... more
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The Turing Guide by Jack Copeland, Jonathan Bowen, Mark Sprevak and Robin Wilson - £19.99
Alan Turing has long proved a subject of fascination, but following the centenary of his birth in 2012, the code-breaker, computer pioneer, mathematician (and much more) has become even more celebrated with much media coverage, and several meetings, ... more
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Easy Vegetarian: Simple Recipes for Brunch, Lunch and Dinner by Ryland Peters & Small - £9.99
Whether you are a dedicated vegetarian or just love your greens, this recipe collection offers plenty of inspiration for deliciously fresh food — from a quick, tasty snack to a more glamorous evening meal.   For a relaxed weekend Brunch try ... more
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Everything You Know About Science is Wrong by Matt Brown - £9.99
A highly entertaining, myth-busting read for anyone with even a passing interest in science.   Hot on the heels of the fascinating compendium Everything You Know About London is Wrong, this next book in the series, written by author Matt Brown ... more
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The Sacred Combe: A Search for Humanity's Heartland by Simon Barnes - £9.99
We've all got one. A secret, special place. Hidden. Enclosed. A little greener and more fertile than the world outside. Here the birds are slightly more exotic, slightly more confiding, the grass greener and the fruit sweeter. To know such a place, t ... more
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Seeing Like a City by Ash Amin and Nigel Thrift - £15.99
Seeing like a city means recognizing that cities are living things made up of a tangle of networks, built up from the agency of countless actors. Cities must not be considered as expressions of larger paradigms or sites of human effort and organizati ... more
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Greenpeace Captain: Bizarre Wanderings on the Rainbow Warrior by Peter Willcox - £9.99
In over 30 years as a senior captain for Greenpeace International, Peter Willcox has been in the vanguard of the international environmentalist movement. He has led crews into battle for the good of the planet against whale killers, nuclear testing s ... more
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Making Stuff & Doing Things: DIY Guides to Just About Everything by Kyle Bravo - £13.99
When you’re young, broke, and in search of a life of adventure, Making Stuff and Doing Things is the most useful book on the planet.  It’s been called “more important than the Bible.” It’s an indispensable handbook full of basic life s ... more
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Vegan in 15: Delicious Plant-Based Recipes You Can Cook in 15 Minutes or Less by Kate Ford - £8.99
Live well and feel energised - go vegan in 15.  Vegan food is good for you - reducing your chances of heart disease, diabetes and cancer, while keeping your energy up and your weight down. Vegan food has all the nutrients you need - from calciu ... more
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The Climate Change Playbook by Dennis Meadows, Linda Booth Sweeney and Gillian Martin Mehers - £18.99
Advocates and teachers often find it difficult to communicate the complexities of climate change, because the people they are trying to reach hold so many mistaken assumptions. They assume, for example, that when climate change becomes an obvious thr ... more
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Cities of the North by Adrian Jones and Chris Matthews - £13.99
Cities of the North explores the changing townscape, special character, architecture and planning of the great Northern English cities. It is a companion to Towns in Britain, published by Five Leaves in 2014, and it builds on the popular Jones the Pl ... more
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Rocks: A Very Short Introduction by Jan Zalasiewicz - £7.99
Rocks, more than anything else, underpin our lives. They make up the solid structure of the Earth and of other rocky planets, and are present at the cores of gas giant planets. We live on the rocky surface of the planet, grow our food on weathered de ... more
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Wild Places: Wales' Top 40 Nature Sites by Iolo Williams - £19.99
Wales is full of wildlife sites and in Wild Places television naturalist Iolo Williams picks his favourite forty from the many nature reserves scattered around the country. From Cemlyn on Anglesey to the Newport Wetlands, from Stackpole in Pembrokesh ... more
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The Compassionate Chick's Guide to Beauty by Sunny Subramanian and Chrystle Fiedler - £14.95
Want to look gorgeous without Mama Earth or animals paying the price? Well, now you can, with this go-to resource for making lush, yummy beauty products from scratch in your own kitchen.   Part DIY vegan beauty how-to and part self-improvement ... more
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The Tree by John Fowles - £12.00
"The first trees I knew well were the apples and pears in the garden of my childhood home. This may sound rural and bucolic, but it was not, for the house was a semi-detached in a 1920s suburb at the mouth of the Thames, some forty miles from London. ... more
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Be More Tree: A Journey of Wisdom, Symbols, Healing and Renewal by Alice Peck - £12.99
Discover how all trees can mirror us, teach us, and heal us.   As author Alice Peck reflected on the maple tree in her backyard, she began to notice and then study its intricacies and changes. This became her regular meditation and inspiration.  ... more
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Trees, Woods and Forests: A Social and Cultural History by Charles Watkins - £18.00
Forests and woods have always been central to the development of human technology and culture and our expansion as a species. Trees, Woods and Forests shows how for thousands of years, woodland has been managed by humans using ancient practices such ... more
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The Best Homemade Vegan Cheese & Ice Cream Recipes by Marie Laforet - £12.95
Decadent and delicious dairy-free recipes that everyone will want to indulge in.   Just because you're vegan or embrace a dairy-free lifestyle, there's no reason you can't saver the simple pleasure of ice cream or the oozy, gooey goodness of c ... more
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Are Trams Socialist? Why Britain Has No Transport Policy by Christian Wolmar - £9.99
Transport is key to our daily lives. The transport system is essential to ensure the movement of people and goods, and most of us will use the roads or public transport every day. Vast sums are tied up in it and are spent on trying to resolve the pro ... more
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Hello, Is This Planet Earth? My View from the International Space Station by Tim Peake - £20.00
THE NUMBER ONE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER  The first book by astronaut Tim Peake - a mesmerising collection of over 150 of Tim's stunning photographs that he took on board the International Space Station, many of which have not been seen before. ... more
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Comfort Eating with Nick Cave: Vegan Recipes to Get Deep Inside of You by Joshua Ploeg and Automne Zingg - £12.99
Poor Nick Cave. Life is hard for him and there are many hurdles to deal with every day. And like all of us, Nick is human.  In these pages, Mr. Cave finds healthy ways to feed his sorrows, with gusto, whether he's eating a giant bowl of mashed p ... more
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The Pig in Thin Air: An Identiffication by Alex Lockwood - £13.99
In this searingly honest account of how he came to terms with his destructive habits and changed his relationship with his own body, Alex Lockwood — writer, educator, and activist working in the fields of literature, creative writing, media, and th ... more
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A Tale of Trees: The Battle to Save Britain's Ancient Woodland by Derek Niemann - £14.99
“He would come to the farm with his bulldozer every year. I still remember the smell of the harvest, the bullocks and bales in the background. He would bulldoze round a large oak tree, dig down eight or nine feet and leave this oak tree on one root ... more
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Aliens: Science Asks: Is There Anyone Out There? by Jim Al-Khalili - £8.99
The ALIENS invasion is coming ...It's the biggest question we've ever faced, one that has fascinated generations of humans: do aliens exist? If they did, what would they look like? How would they think? And what would it mean for us if we found them? ... more
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Heart: The Inside Story of Our Body's Most Important Organ by Johannes Hinrich von Borstel - £14.99
The heart — we all have one, pumping away reliably in our chest, never stopping till the day we die. But few of us think much about this heroic organ until it starts to go wrong.   In this lively and informative exploration of all aspects of ... more
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Philip's Month-by-Month Star Finder by John Woodruff, illustrated by Wil Tirion - £4.99
A concise month-by-month calendar for star watchers in the northern hemisphere.   Philip's Month-by-Month Star Finder is a concise calendar for star watchers in the northern hemisphere. Star charts show the position of stars, constellations a ... more
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Wildlife Photographer of the Year 26 by Rosamund Kidmund Cox - £25.00
For more than 50 years, the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition has championed honest and ethical wildlife photography, while pushing the boundaries of artistic freedom, technical skill, and narrative excellence.   This powerful coll ... more
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Gardening and Planting by the Moon 2017 by W Foulsham & Co Ltd - £8.99
You won't have to get up in the middle of the night to sow your carrots! Country folk know that planning their work in harmony with the rhythms of the moon produces better crops. It's that easy. They get higher yields and better flavour in vegetables ... more
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Cormorance by Nick Hayes - £18.99
A girl, a boy and a deserted reservoir.   Cormorance is a story of fear, bravery and the redemptive force of connecting with the natural world.  A wordless, purely visual story, it is – like any work by the award-winning Nick Hayes – ... more
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What Colour is the Sun? Mind-Bending Science Facts in the Solar System's Brightest Quiz by Brian Clegg - £7.99
Why do your fingers go wrinkly in the bath? What kind of animal can have 21 limbs? Who would really win a fight between a T.Rex and Godzilla?   Test your knowledge of all things scientific with the biggest, brightest and most mind-bending quiz boo ... more
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How Long is Now? Fascinating Answers to 191 Mind-Boggling Questions by New Scientist Instant Expert - £7.99
A Sunday Times bestseller.  How long is 'now'? The short answer is 'somewhere between 2 and 3 seconds'. The long answer involves an incredible journey through neuroscience, our subconscious and the time-bending power of meditation. Living in ... more
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Who Really Feeds the World? The Failures of Agribusiness and the Promise of Agroecology by Vandana Shiva - £14.99
A radical new vision for global food production, from one of the world’s most iconic environmental thinkers.   The world’s food supply is in the grip of a profound crisis. Humanity’s ability to feed itself is threatened by a wasteful, gl ... more
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2017 Guide to the Night Sky: A Month-by-Month Guide to Exploring the Skies Above Britain and Ireland by Storm Dunlop and Wil Tirion - £6.99
A comprehensive handbook to the planets, stars and constellations visible from the northern hemisphere. 6 pages for each month covering January–December 2017. This practical guidebook is both an easy introduction to astronomy and a useful reference ... more
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The New Wild: Why Invasive Species Will be Nature's Salvation by Fred Pearce - £8.99
Veteran environmental journalist Fred Pearce used to think of invasive species as evil interlopers spoiling pristine ‘natural’ ecosystems. Most conservationists would agree. But what if traditional ecology is wrong, and true environmentalists sho ... more
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Reality is Not What it Seems: The Journey to Quantum Gravity by Carlo Rovelli - £16.99
From the bestselling author of Seven Brief Lessons on Physics comes a new book about the mind-bending nature of the universe.   Do space and time truly exist? What is reality made of? Can we understand its deep texture?   Scientist Carl ... more
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Forces of Nature by Professor Brian Cox and Andrew Cohen - £25.00
A breathtaking and beautiful exploration of our planet, this groundbreaking book accompanies the new BBC One TV series, providing the deepest answers to the simplest questions.  What is motion? Why is every snowflake different? Why is life ... more
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Try It! Natural Remedies by Laurel Vukovic - £9.99
Did you know that a few drops of eucalyptus oil can prevent clothes moths? Or that jojoba and lavender oils are a highly effective moisturiser?   Try It: Natural Remedies is the ultimate collection of tried-and-tested recipes for every domest ... more
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The Cabaret of Plants: Botany and the Imagination by Richard Mabey - £9.99
In The Cabaret of Plants, Mabey explores the plant species which have challenged our imaginations, awoken our wonder, and upturned our ideas about history, science, beauty and belief. Picked from every walk of life, they encompass crops, weeds, medic ... more
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Bill Bailey's Remarkable Guide to British Birds by Bill Bailey - £20.00
A humorous and very personal guide written by Bill Bailey about his favourite British birds, complete with drawings, notes and cartoons by the comedian himself.  'When herons are spooked they have a habit of vomiting as a defence. Half-digest ... more
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