Sceptre

  • Factfulness

    Hans Rosling

    • Sceptre
    • 5 April 2018

    'a hopeful book about the potential for human progress when we work off facts rather than our inherent biases'. BARACK OBAMA *the #1 Sunday Times bestseller * instant New York Times bestseller * an Observer 'best brainy book of the decade' * #1 Wall Street Journal bestseller * Irish Times bestseller * Audio bestseller * Guardian bestseller * ---Longlisted for the 2018 Financial Times /McKinsey Business Book of the Year--- 'One of the most important books I've ever read - an indispensable guide to thinking clearly about the world.' BILL GATES 'Hans Rosling tells the story of "the secret silent miracle of human progress" as only he can. But Factfulness does much more than that. It also explains why progress is so often secret and silent and teaches readers how to see it clearly.' MELINDA GATES Factfulnes s: The stress-reducing habit of only carrying opinions for which you have strong supporting facts. When asked simple questions about global trends - why the world's population is increasing; how many young women go to school; how many of us live in poverty - we systematically get the answers wrong. So wrong that a chimpanzee choosing answers at random will consistently outguess journalists, Nobel laureates, and investment bankers. In Factfulness , Professor of International Health and a man who can make data sing, Hans Rosling, together with his two long-time collaborators Anna and Ola, offers a radical new explanation of why this happens, and reveals the ten instincts that distort our perspective. It turns out that the world, for all its imperfections, is in a much better state than we might think. But when we worry about everything all the time instead of embracing a worldview based on facts, we can lose our ability to focus on the things that threaten us most. Inspiring and revelatory, filled with lively anecdotes and moving stories, Factfulness is an urgent and essential book that will change the way you see the world.

  • Anglais Loving frank

    Nancy Horan

    • Sceptre
    • 29 May 2008

    I have been standing on the side of life, watching it float by. I want to swim in the river. I want to feel the current.So writes Mamah Borthwick Cheney in her diary as she struggles to justify her clandestine love affair with Frank Lloyd Wright. Four years earlier, in 1903, Mamah and her husband, Edwin, had commissioned the renowned architect to design a new home for them. During the construction of the house, a powerful attraction developed between Mamah and Frank, and in time the lovers, each married with children, embarked on a course that would shock Chicago society and forever change their lives. In this ambitious debut novel, fact and fiction blend together brilliantly. While scholars have largely relegated Mamah to a footnote in the life of Americayes'>#8217;s greatest architect, author Nancy Horan gives full weight to their dramatic love story and illuminates Cheneyyes'>#8217;s profound influence on Wright. Drawing on years of research, Horan weaves littleknown facts into a compelling narrative, vividly portraying the conflicts and struggles of a woman forced to choose between the roles of mother, wife, lover, and intellectual. Horanyes'>#8217;s Mamah is a woman seeking to find her own place, her own creative calling in the world. Mamahyes'>#8217;s is an unforgettable journey marked by choices that reshape her notions of love and responsibility, leading inexorably ultimately lead to this novelyes'>#8217;s stunning conclusion. Elegantly written and remarkably rich in detail, Loving Frank is a fitting tribute to a courageous woman, a national icon, and their timeless love story.Advance praise for Loving Frank:yes'>#8220;Loving Frank is one of those novels that takes over your life. Ityes'>#8217;s mesmerizing and fascinatingyes'>#8211;filled with complex characters, deep passions, tactile descriptions of astonishing architecture, and the colorful immediacy of daily life a hundred years agoyes'>#8211;all gathered into a story that unfolds with riveting urgency.yes'>#8221;yes'>#8211;Lauren Belfer, author of City of Lightyes'>#8220;This graceful, assured first novel tells the remarkable story of the longlived affair between Frank Lloyd Wright, a passionate and impossible figure, and Mamah Cheney, a married woman whom Wright beguiled and led beyond the restraint of convention. It is engrossing, provocative reading.yes'>#8221;yes'>#8212;yes'>#8212;Scott Turowyes'>#8220;It takes great courage to write a novel about historical people, and in particular to give voice to someone as mythic as Frank Lloyd Wright. This beautifully written novel about Mamah Cheney and Frank Lloyd Wrightyes'>#8217;s love affair is vivid and intelligent, unsentimental and compassionate.yes'>#8221;yes'>#8212;yes'>#8212;Jane Hamiltonyes'>#8220;I admire this novel, adore this novel, for so many reasons: The intelligence and lyricism of the prose. The attention to period detail. The epic proportions of this most fascinating love story. Mamah Cheney has been in my head and heart and soul since reading this book; I doubt sheyes'>#8217;ll ever leave.yes'>#8221;yes'>#8211;Elizabeth BergFrom the Hardcover edition.

  • Slade House

    David Mitchell

    • Sceptre
    • 28 June 2016

    @2@Turn down Slade Alley - narrow, dank and easy to miss, even when you're looking for it. Find the small black iron door set into the right-hand wall. No handle, no keyhole, but at your touch it swings open. Enter the sunlit garden of an old house that doesn't quite make sense; too grand for the shabby neighbourhood, too large for the space it occupies. @3@@2@A stranger greets you and invites you inside. At first, you won't want to leave. Later, you'll find that you can't.@3@@2@This unnerving, taut and intricately woven tale by one of our most original and bewitching writers begins in 1979 and comes to its turbulent conclusion around Hallowe'en, 2015. Because every nine years, on the last Saturday of October, a 'guest' is summoned to Slade House. But why has that person been chosen, by whom and for what purpose? The answers lie waiting in the long attic, at the top of the stairs . . .@3@

  • A SHOUT IN THE RUINS

    Kevin Powers

    • Sceptre
    • 15 May 2018

    Following his hugely celebrated debut novel, The Yellow Birds , Kevin Powers returns to the battlefield and its aftermath, this time in his native Virginia, just before and during the Civil War and ninety years later. The novel pinpoints with unerring emotional depth the nature of random violence, the necessity of love and compassion, and the fragility and preciousness of life. It will endure as a stunning novel about what we leave behind, what a life is worth, what is said and unsaid, and the fact that ultimately what will survive of us is love.

  • MEMORIES OF THE FUTURE

    Siri Hustvedt

    • Sceptre
    • 6 February 2020

    This provocative, experimental novel . . .joins several narratives to illustrate the roles of memory and perspective in making sense of a life . . . The many moods and flavors of this brash "portrait of the artist as a young woman" constantly reframe and complicate the story, making for a fascinating shape-shifter of a novel.

  • Le Carre's classic spy thriller now reissued with a stunning new package

  • UTOPIA AVENUE

    David Mitchell

    • Sceptre
    • 2 June 2020

    @00000400@@00000327@The spectacular new novel from the bestselling author of CLOUD ATLAS and THE BONE CLOCKS, 'one of the most brilliantly inventive writers of this, or any country' (@00000373@Independent@00000155@).@00000133@@00000163@@00000400@Utopia Avenue are the strangest British band you've never heard of. Emerging from London's psychedelic scene in 1967 and fronted by folksinger Elf Holloway, guitar demigod Jasper de Zoet and blues bassist Dean Moss, Utopia Avenue released only two LPs during its brief and blazing journey from the clubs of Soho and draughty ballrooms to @00000373@Top of the Pops @00000155@and the cusp of chart success, to glory in Amsterdam, prison in Rome and a fateful American fortnight in the autumn of 1968. @00000163@@00000400@David Mitchell's new novel tells the unexpurgated story of Utopia Avenue; of riots in the streets and revolutions in the head; of drugs, thugs, madness, love, sex, death, art; of the families we choose and the ones we don't; of fame's Faustian pact and stardom's wobbly ladder. Can we change the world in turbulent times, or does the world change us? Utopia means 'nowhere' but could a shinier world be within grasp, if only we had a map?@00000163@

  • AGATHA

    Anne Cathrine Bomann

    • Sceptre
    • 9 July 2020

    A touching, subtle and gently funny story of rediscovering one's purpose later in life.

  • Three pages in, and you've already learned something else.

  • @2@@20@REISSUED AS A SCEPTRE 30TH CLASSIC, wit@21@@20@h a new afterword by the author@21@@3@@2@In 1975 art historian Leo Hertzberg discovers an extraordinary painting by an unknown artist in a New York gallery. He buys the work, tracks down its creator, Bill Weschler, and the two men embark on a life-long friendship. @3@@2@This is the story of their intense and troubled relationship, of the women in their lives and their work, of art and hysteria, love and seduction and their sons - born the same year but whose lives take very different paths.@3@

  • Internationally acclaimed as a novelist, Siri Hustvedt is also highly regarded as a writer of non-fiction whose insights are drawn from her broad knowledge in the arts, humanities, and sciences. In this trilogy of works collected in a single volume, Hustvedt brings a feminist, interdisciplinary perspective to a range of subjects. Louise Bourgeois, Pablo Picasso, Susan Sontag and Knut Ove Knausgaard are among those who come under her scrutiny. In the book's central essay, she explores the intractable mind-body problem and in the third section, reflects on the mysteries of hysteria, synesthesia, memory, perception, and the philosophy of Soren Kierkegaard. With clarity, wit, and passion, she exposes gender bias, upends received ideas, and challenges her reader to think again.

  • Anglais The tailor of panama

    John Le Carré

    • Sceptre
    • 15 December 1999

    Andrew Osnard is an old Etonian and spy. His secret mission in Panama is two-pronged: to keep an eye on the political manoeuvrings leading up to the American handover of the Panama Canal on 31st December 1999, and to secure for himself the immense private fortune that has thus far eluded him.

  • Noreena Hertz, 'one of the world's most inspiring women' ( Vogue ), has an impressive track record in predicting global trends. She advises a select group of the world's leading business and political figures on strategy, economic and geo-political risk, artificial intelligence, digital transformation, millennials and post-millennials. Having graduated from university aged just nineteen, Noreena went on to complete a PhD from Cambridge University and has an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. After ten years at the University of Cambridge as Associate Director of the Centre for International Business and Management, in 2014 she moved to University College London where she is an Honorary Professor. Her best-selling books, The Silent Takeover, IOU: The Debt Threat and Eyes Wide Open are published in 23 countries.

  • Anglais The Honourable Schoolboy

    John Le Carré

    • Sceptre
    • 26 November 2009

    A wonderful, classic le Carre now reissued in a stunning new package.

  • A wonderful, classic le Carre now reissued in a stunning new package.

  • Anglais River of smoke

    Amitav Ghosh

    • Sceptre
    • 15 June 2011

    The sequel to the bestselling, Booker-shortlisted, Sea of Poppies

  • Even if you don't consider yourself a numbers person, you are a numbers person. The time has come to put numbers in their place. Not high up on a pedestal, or out on the curb, but right where they belong: beside words. It is not an overstatement to say that numbers dictate the way we live our lives. They tell us how we're doing at school, how much we weigh, who might win an election and whether the economy has grown. But numbers aren't as objective as they may seem; behind every number is a story. Yet politicians, businesses and the media often forget this - or use it for their own gain. From Florence Nightingale using statistics to petition for better conditions during the Crimean War, to the manipulation of numbers by the American tobacco industry and the ambiguous figures pedalled during the EU referendum, Sanne Blauw travels the world to unpick our relationship with numbers and demystify our misguided allegiance. From the everyday numbers that govern our health and wellbeing to the statistics used to wield enormous power and influence, The Number Bias counsels us to think more wisely.

  • Hans Rosling was a medical doctor, professor of international health and renowned public educator. He was an adviser to the World Health Organization and UNICEF, and co-founded Medecins sans Frontieres in Sweden and the Gapminder Foundation. His TED talks have been viewed more than 35 million times, and he was listed as one of Time Magazine's 100 most influential people in the world. Hans died in 2017, having devoted the last years of his life to writing Factfulness .

  • News is to the mind what sugar is to the body. In 2013 Rolf Dobelli stood in front of a roomful of journalists and proclaimed that he did not read the news. It caused a riot. Now he finally sets down his philosophy in detail. And he practises what he preaches: he hasn't read the news for a decade. Stop Reading the News is Dobelli's manifesto about the dangers of the most toxic form of information - news. He shows the damage it does to our concentration and well-being, and how a misplaced sense of duty can misdirect our behaviour. From the author of the bestselling The Art of Thinking Clearly , Rolf Dobelli's book offers the reader guidance about how to live without news, and the many potential gains to be had: less disruption, more time, less anxiety, more insights. In a world of increasing disruption and division, Stop Reading the News is a welcome voice of calm and wisdom.

  • THE DICKENS BOY Nouv.

    THE DICKENS BOY

    Thomas Keneally

    • Sceptre
    • 29 April 2021

    Thomas Keneally began his writing career in 1964 and has published thirty-one novels since. They include Schindler's Ark , which won the Booker Prize in 1982 and was subsequently made into the film Schindler's List , and The Chant Of Jimmie Blacksmith , Confederates and Gossip From The Forest , each of which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize. His most recent novels include The Daughters Of Mars , which was shortlisted for the Walter Scott Prize in 2013, Napoleon's Last Island , Crimes of the Father and The Book of Science and Antiquities . He has also written several works of non-fiction, including his memoir Homebush Boy , Searching for Schindler and Australians . He is married with two daughters and lives in Sydney.

  • Anglais The Secret Pilgrim

    John Le Carré

    • Sceptre
    • 15 November 1999

    The Berlin Wall is toppled, the Iron Curtain swept aside. The Secret Pilgrim is Ned, a decent, loyal soldier of the Cold War, who has been in British Intelligence all his adult life. Now, approaching the end of his career, he is forced by the explosions of change to revisit his secret years.

  • Now We Shall Be Entirely Free , by the Costa Award-winning author of PURE , is a stunning historical novel with the grip of a thriller, written in richly evocative, luminous prose. 'A writer of very rare and outstanding gifts' - Independent on Sunday One rainswept winter's night in 1809, an unconscious man is carried into a house in Somerset. He is Captain John Lacroix, home from Britain's disastrous campaign against Napoleon's forces in Spain. Gradually Lacroix recovers his health, but not his peace of mind. He will not - cannot - talk about the war or face the memory of what took place on the retreat to Corunna. After the command comes to return to his regiment, he lights out instead for the Hebrides, unaware that he has far worse to fear than being dragged back to the army: a vicious English corporal and a Spanish officer with secret orders are on his trail. In luminous prose, Miller portrays a man shattered by what he has witnessed, on a journey that leads to unexpected friendships, even to love. But as the short northern summer reaches its zenith, the shadow of the enemy is creeping closer. Freedom, for John Lacroix, will come at a high price. Taut with suspense, this is an enthralling, deeply involving novel by one of Britain's most acclaimed writers. 'One of our most skilful chroniclers of the human heart and mind' - Sunday Times

  • STARLING DAYS

    Rowan Hisayo Buchanan

    • Sceptre
    • 18 February 2021

    A beautifully weird portrayal of being alone together , millennial ennui, bisexuality and hybrid identity. It captures the brilliance and isolation of big cities as well as the struggle and strength to keep on going. A singular novel from the poetic and painterly mind of Rowan Hisayo Buchanan.

  • Anglais Our game

    John Le Carré

    • Sceptre
    • 21 September 2000

    Tim Cranmer, retired scret servant and Larry Pettifer, bored radical don, philanderer and for 20 years Tim's mercurial double agent against the now vanished Communist threat, have an unresolved rivalry that dates back decades. They follow each other to Moscow and then Southern Russia.

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