I am so at home in Dublin, more than any other city, that I feel it has always been familiar to me. It took me years to see through its soft charm to its bitter prickly kernel - which I quite like too.

World Culture, Philosophy & Science

The Unpredictable Species, What Makes Humans Unique

In this book Lieberman deals with the nature of Homo Sapiens. He argues that evolution has equipped humans with the most marvellous gift in the animal world - the freedom to be unpredictable.

Odd Couples, Extraordinary Differences Between the Sexes in the Animal Kingdom

If you want to find out why adult male elephant seals can weigh more than four times as much as the female or why female blanket octopuses are truly enormous compared to their tiny male partners, this fascinating book is for you.

Bedsit Disco Queen

A wry and wise memoir of a unique career, just as distinctive as Tracey Horn's singing voice.

Death and Dying in Ireland, Britain and Europe

"Sexual virtue was the primary index of female respectability in eighteenth-century Ireland; and, because the consequences of transgression were so acute, there was little that women caught in this maelstrom were not prepared to contemplate in order to escape the social sanction that followed the loss of reputation." Taken from one of the many interesting essays that comprise this collection.

The Cancer Chronicles

This luminous account of a disease that has affected almost everybody describes tumors that evolve like alien creatures inside the body, paleo-oncologists who uncover petrified tumors clinging to the skeletons of dinosaurs, surprising reversals in science's understanding of the causes of cancer and, perhaps most fascinating, how cancer borrows natural processes involved in the healing of wounds and turns them against the body.

Has Marriage for Love Failed?

Pascal Bruckner's provocative social study considers why, in an age of marrying for love, modern wedlock is failing so spectacularly.

Sigmund Freud, Anna Freud, Correspondence 1904-1938

A compelling documentation of a special father daughter relationship, one with interesting ramifications which offers an insight into the lives and world of the two major figures in psychoanalysis.

Big Gods

Does God make us good? Big Gods argues that some gods were more effective than others in promoting trust and cooperation between strangers.According to one commentator this book brings faith closer to where Darwin thought it belonged, to the sphere of social life.

No Joke, Making Jewish Humour

Cynthia Ozick says this book is an electrifying undressing of Jewish humour that takes it far beyond Freud's more inhibiting perceptions and into the naked precincts of tragic insight.

Susan Sontag, the Complete Rolling Stone Interview

Published in its entirety for the first time. " I really believe in history, and that's something people don't believe in anymore. I know that what we do and think is a historical creation ..."

The World Until Yesterday

Prize-winning author Jared Diamond’s latest work discusses the ways in which tribal societies offer an extraordinary window into how our ancestors lived for millions of years, and provide unique, often overlooked insights into human nature. Drawing on his own fieldwork, as well as evidence from Inuit, Amazonian Indians and other cultures, Diamond explores how tribal peoples approach essential human problems, from childrearing to old age to conflict resolution to health, and discovers that we have much to learn from traditional ways of life.

Floating City

Floating City is Venkatesh's striking journey through the "vast invisible continent" of New York's underground economy - a thriving yet largely unseen world that exists in parallel to the normal world. There is one at the heart of every city.