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  • The Lady in the Vanby Alan Bennett

    Profile Books 2015; US$ 4.67

    In 1974, the homeless Miss Shepherd moved her broken down van into Alan Bennett's garden. Deeply eccentric and stubborn to her bones, Miss Shepherd was not an easy tenant. And Bennett, despite inviting her in the first place, was a reluctant landlord. And yet she lived there for fifteen years. This account of those years was first published in... more...

  • The 50th Lawby 50 Cent; Robert Greene

    Profile Books 2010; US$ 11.98

    'My favourite book' Tinchy Stryder BA Business Life Book of the Month The ultimate hustle is to move freely between the street and corporate worlds, to find your flow and never stay locked in the same position. This is a manifesto for how to operate in the twenty-first century, where everything has been turned on its head. Building on the runaway... more...

  • The (Mis)Behaviour of Marketsby Benoit B. Mandelbrot; Richard Hudson

    Profile Books 2010; US$ 13.31

    This international bestseller, which foreshadowed a market crash, explains why it could happen again if we don't act now. Fractal geometry is the mathematics of roughness: how to reduce the outline of a jagged leaf or static in a computer connection to a few simple mathematical properties. With his fractal tools, Mandelbrot has got to the bottom of... more...

  • Born to Runby Christopher McDougall

    Profile Books 2010; US$ 11.98

    At the heart of Born to Run lies a mysterious tribe of Mexican Indians, the Tarahumara, who live quietly in canyons and are reputed to be the best distance runners in the world; in 1993, one of them, aged 57, came first in a prestigious 100-mile race wearing a toga and sandals. A small group of the world's top ultra-runners (and the awe-inspiring... more...

  • The Story of English in 100 Wordsby David Crystal

    Profile Books 2011; US$ 11.98

    Featuring Latinate and Celtic words, weasel words and nonce-words, ancient words ('loaf') to cutting edge ('twittersphere') and spanning the indispensable words that shape our tongue ('and', 'what') to the more fanciful ('fopdoodle'), Crystal takes us along the winding byways of language via the rude, the obscure and the downright surprising. In... more...

  • Why Nations Failby Daron Acemoglu; James A. Robinson

    Profile Books 2012; US$ 13.31

    Shortlisted for the Financial Times and Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year Award 2012. Why are some nations more prosperous than others? Why Nations Fail 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. Drawing on an extraordinary... more...

  • We Are All Completely Beside Ourselvesby Karen Joy Fowler

    Profile Books 2014; US$ 10.66

    ***Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2014*** Rosemary's young, just at college, and she's decided not to tell anyone a thing about her family. So we're not going to tell you too much either: you'll have to find out for yourselves, round about page 77, what it is that makes her unhappy family unlike any other. Rosemary is now an only child,... more...

  • Being Mortalby Atul Gawande

    Profile Books 2014; US$ 10.66

    For most of human history, death was a common, ever-present possibility. It didn't matter whether you were five or fifty - every day was a roll of the dice. But now, as medical advances push the boundaries of survival further each year, we have become increasingly detached from the reality of being mortal. So here is a book about the modern experience... more...

  • The Economist Style Guideby The Economist

    Profile Books 2015; US$ 13.31

    Clear writing is the key to clear thinking. So think what you want to say, then say it as simply as possible . That's the thinking that underpins this much-loved guide, and the mantra for anyone wanting to communicate with the clarity, style and precision for which The Economist is renowned. The Economist Style Guide guides the reader through... more...

  • The Economist: Brands and Brandingby Rita Clifton

    Profile Books 2010; US$ 26.67

    Although the balance sheet may not even put a value on it, a company's brand or its portfolio of brands is in many cases its most valuable asset, accounting for as much as 70% of a firm's market value in some cases. This book argues that because of this and because of the power of not-for-profit brands like Oxfam, all organisations should make the... more...