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A LIFE ON OUR PLANET

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In this scientifically informed account of the changes occurring in the world over the last century, award-winning broadcaster and natural historian shares a lifetime of wisdom and a hopeful vision for the future.

A Promised Land

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A promised land is extraordinarily intimate and introspective – the story of one man’s bet with history, the faith of a community organizer tested on the world stage. Obama is candid about the balancing act of running for office as a black american, bearing the expectations of a generation buoyed by messages of “hope and change”, and meeting the moral challenges of high-stakes decision-making.

ALIBABA (THE HOUSE THAT JACK MA BUILT)

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In just a decade and half Jack Ma, a man who rose from humble beginnings and started his career as an English teacher, founded and built Alibaba into the second largest Internet company in the world. The company’s $25 billion IPO in 2014 was the world’s largest, valuing the company more than Facebook or Coca Cola. Alibaba today runs the e-commerce services that hundreds of millions of Chinese consumers depend on every day, providing employment and income for tens of millions more. A Rockefeller of his age, Jack has become an icon for the country’s booming private sector and as the face of the new, consumerist China is courted by heads of state and CEOs from around the world.

BAD BLOOD

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IN 2014, THERANOS FOUNDER AND CEO ELIZABETH HOLMES WAS WIDELY SEEN AS THE FEMALE STEVE JOBS: A BRILLIANT STANFORD DROPOUT WHOSE STARTUP “UNICORN” PROMISED TO REVOLUTIONIZE THE MEDICAL INDUSTRY WITH A MACHINE THAT WOULD MAKE BLOOD TESTING SIGNIFICANTLY FASTER AND EASIER. BACKED BY INVESTORS SUCH AS LARRY ELLISON AND TIM DRAPER, THERANOS SOLD SHARES IN A FUNDRAISING ROUND THAT VALUED THE COMPANY AT MORE THAN $9 BILLION, PUTTING HOLMES’S WORTH AT AN ESTIMATED $4.7 BILLION. THERE WAS JUST ONE PROBLEM: THE TECHNOLOGY DIDN’T WORK.

BECOMING

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n a life filled with meaning and accomplishment, Michelle Obama has emerged as one of the most iconic and compelling women of our era. As First Lady of the United States of America-the first African-American to serve in that role-she helped create the most welcoming and inclusive White House in history, while also establishing herself as a powerful advocate for women and girls in the U.S. and around the world, dramatically changing the ways that families pursue healthier and more active lives, and standing with her husband as he led America through some of its most harrowing moments. Along the way, she showed us a few dance moves, crushed Carpool Karaoke, and raised two down-to-earth daughters under an unforgiving media glare.

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Becoming

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n a life filled with meaning and accomplishment, Michelle Obama has emerged as one of the most iconic and compelling women of our era. As First Lady of the United States of America-the first African-American to serve in that role-she helped create the most welcoming and inclusive White House in history, while also establishing herself as a powerful advocate for women and girls in the U.S. and around the world, dramatically changing the ways that families pursue healthier and more active lives, and standing with her husband as he led America through some of its most harrowing moments. Along the way, she showed us a few dance moves, crushed Carpool Karaoke, and raised two down-to-earth daughters under an unforgiving media glare.

Boris Johnson: The Gambler

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Guardian ‘literary highlights of 2020’Sunday Times ‘books to watch out for in 2020’New Statesman ‘books to read in 2020’Evening Standard ‘thirteen titles to look for in 2020’As divisive as he is beguiling, as misunderstood as he is scrutinised, Boris Johnson is a singular figure.

BORN A CRIME AND OTHER STORIES

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ONE OF THE COMEDY WORLD’S BRIGHTEST NEW VOICES, TREVOR NOAH IS A LIGHT-FOOTED BUT SHARP-MINDED OBSERVER OF THE ABSURDITIES OF POLITICS, RACE AND IDENTITY, SHARING JOKES AND INSIGHTS DRAWN FROM THE WEALTH OF EXPERIENCE ACQUIRED IN HIS RELATIVELY YOUNG LIFE. AS HOST OF THE US HIT SHOW THE DAILY SHOW WITH TREVOR NOAH, HE PROVIDES VIEWERS AROUND THE GLOBE WITH THEIR NIGHTLY DOSE OF BITING SATIRE, BUT HERE NOAH TURNS HIS FOCUS INWARD, GIVING READERS A DEEPLY PERSONAL, HEARTFELT AND HUMOROUS LOOK AT THE WORLD THAT SHAPED HIM.

CRISTIANO RONALDO

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IT WASN’T LONG BEFORE HE HAD THE BIGGEST CLUBS IN EUROPE KNOCKING ON HIS DOOR, BUT IT WAS MANCHESTER UNITED WHO WON THE RACE FOR HIS SIGNATURE. UNDER THE TUTELAGE OF SIR ALEX FERGUSON, RONALDO DEVELOPED INTO THE COMPLETE FOOTBALLER AND ATHLETE, WINNING THREE LEAGUE TITLES AND A CHAMPIONS LEAGUE ALONG THE WAY. HE THEN BECAME THE BIGGEST GALACTICO OF THEM ALL WHEN HE TRANSFERRED TO REAL MADRID FOR A RECORD-BREAKING FEE. UNPRECEDENTED SUCCESS IN THE CHAMPIONS LEAGUE AND A RECORD-EQUALLING FIVE BALLONS D’OR FOLLOWED, BEFORE HIS SENSATIONAL MOVE TO JUVENTUS IN THE SUMMER OF 2018.

DEAR LIFE

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AS A SPECIALIST IN PALLIATIVE MEDICINE, DR RACHEL CLARKE CHOOSES TO INHABIT A PLACE MANY PEOPLE WOULD FIND TOO TRAGIC TO CONTEMPLATE. EVERY DAY SHE TRIES TO BRING CARE AND COMFORT TO THOSE REACHING THE END OF THEIR LIVES AND TO HELP MAKE DYING MORE BEARABLE. RACHEL’S TRAINING WAS PUT TO THE TEST IN 2017 WHEN HER BELOVED GP FATHER WAS DIAGNOSED WITH TERMINAL CANCER. SHE LEARNED THAT NOTHING – EVEN THE BEST PALLIATIVE CARE – CAN SUGAR-COAT THE PAIN OF LOSING SOMEONE YOU LOVE.

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Diana

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After more than a decade interviewing those closest to the princess and her select circle, sarah bradford exposes the real diana: the blighted childhood, the old-fashioned courtship which saw her capture the prince of wales, the damage caused by the spectre of camilla parker bowles, through to the collapse of the royal marriage and diana’s final and complicated year as single woman.

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Diary Of A Young Girl

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In 1942, with the nazis occupying holland, a thirteen-year-old jewish girl and her family fled their home in amsterdam and went into hiding. For the next two years, until their whereabouts were betrayed to the gestapo, the franks and another family lived cloistered in the “secret annexe” of an old office building. Cut off from the outside world, they faced hunger, boredom, the constant cruelties of living in confined quarters, and the ever-present threat of discovery and death.

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EAT PRAY LOVE

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IT’S 3 A.M. AND ELIZABETH GILBERT IS SOBBING ON THE BATHROOM FLOOR. SHE’S IN HER THIRTIES, SHE HAS A HUSBAND, A HOUSE, THEY’RE TRYING FOR A BABY – AND SHE DOESN’T WANT ANY OF IT. A BITTER DIVORCE AND A TURBULENT LOVE AFFAIR LATER, SHE EMERGES BATTERED AND BEWILDERED AND REALISES IT IS TIME TO PURSUE HER OWN JOURNEY IN SEARCH OF THREE THINGS SHE HAS BEEN MISSING: PLEASURE, DEVOTION AND BALANCE. SO SHE TRAVELS TO ROME, WHERE SHE LEARNS ITALIAN FROM HANDSOME,

Educated

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Born to survivalists in the mountains of idaho, tara westover was seventeen the first time she set foot in a classroom. Her family was so isolated from mainstream society that there was no one to ensure the children received an education, and no one to intervene when one of tara’s older brothers became violent. When another brother got himself into college, tara decided to try a new kind of life. Her quest for knowledge transformed her, taking her over oceans and across continents, to harvard and to cambridge university. Only then would she wonder if she’d traveled too far, if there was still a way home.

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ELON MUSK

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In the spirit of Steve Jobs and Moneyball, Elon Musk is both an illuminating and authorized look at the extraordinary life of one of Silicon Valley’s most exciting, unpredictable, and ambitious entrepreneurs – a real-life Tony Stark – and a fascinating exploration of the renewal of American invention and its new makers

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Gandhi And Churchill

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The rivalry that destroyed and empire and forged our age revolves around the lives of two of the most universally renowned figures, mahatma gandhi and winston churchill. This book describes the arch rivalry between the two, and how it sealed the fate of the british empire and india. The two of them were born in completely different setups. Winston was born to an aristocratic family in britain, while gandhi was born in a small town in india to a middle-class family.

Gifted Hands

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Ben Carson, M.D., works medical miracles. Today, he’s one of the most celebrated neurosurgeons in the world. In Gifted Hands, he tells of his inspiring odyssey from his childhood in inner-city Detroit to his position as director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital at age 33. Ben Carson is a role model for anyone who attempts the seemingly impossible as he takes you into the operating room where he has saved countless lives. Filled with fascinating case histories, this is the dramatic and intimate story of Ben Carson’s struggle to beat the odds — and of the faith and genius that make him one of the greatest life-givers of the century.

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Healed: How Cancer Gave Me a New Life

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Healed is the powerful, moving and deeply personal story of actor Manisha Koirala’s battle against ovarian cancer.

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Home in the World A Memoir

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From Nobel Prize winner Amartya Sen, a long-awaited memoir about home, belonging, inequality, and identity, recounting a singular life devoted to betterment of humanity.

How To Be A Bawse

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Lilly singh isn’t just a superstar. She’s superwoman – which is also the name of her wildly popular youtube channel. Funny, smart, and insightful, the actress and comedian covers topics ranging from relationships to career choices to everyday annoyances. It’s no wonder she’s garnered more than a billion views. But lilly didn’t get to the top by being lucky – she had to work for it. Hard. 

I Am Malala

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When the taliban took control of the swat valley, one girl fought for her right to an education. On tuesday, 9 october 2012, she almost paid the ultimate price when she was shot in the head at point-blank range. Malala yousafzai’s extraordinary journey has taken her from a remote valley in northern pakistan to the halls of the united nations. She has become a global symbol of peaceful protest and is the youngest ever winner of the nobel peace prize. I am malala will make you believe in the power of one person’s voice to inspire change in the world.

Indira Gandhi : A Biography

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Indira Gandhi’s life spanned over two-thirds of a century. By the time of her brutal assassination in 1984, she had established herself as the most significant political leader India had seen since the death of her father, Jawaharlal Nehru.

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Insane Mode

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From a journalist and former writer for tesla comes the astounding story of the most revolutionary car company since ford, revealing how, under elon musk’s ‘insane mode’ leadership, it is bringing an end to the era of gasoline powered transportation.

KP THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY (KEVIN PIETERSEN)

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This is the fascinating life story of professional cricketer Kevin Pietersen, MBE, from his childhood in South Africa to his recent experiences as one of the leading lights in the world of international cricket. Kevin was dropped from the England squad in February 2014, seemingly calling time on an international career that began nearly 10 years earlier

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