Curiosity Alberto Manguel Curiosity has been seen through the ages as the impulse that drives our knowledge forward and the temptation that leads us toward dangerous and forbidden waters. In this eclectic history of human curiosity, Alberto Manguel offers a great feast of ideas and a delightful memoir of a reading life. Through examples of famous thinkers who persistently asked ‘Why?’ he explores how curiosity inspires the imagination to soar. 51 b/w illustrations Hardback £18.99

My Dear BB… The Letters of Bernard Berenson and Kenneth Clark, 1925–1959 Edited and annotated by Robert Cumming The first-ever edition of the correspondence between Bernard Berenson and Kenneth Clark, two of the most influential figures in the 20th-century art world, offers surprising insights that will change perceptions and opinions about them both. 50 b/w illustrations Hardback £25.00

The Ballet Lover’s Companion Zoe Anderson This engaging book by the dance critic for the Independent is an up-to-date guide to 140 of the most successful and well-loved ballets seen on the stage today – from Swan Lake to The Firebird and Polyphonia. A separate entry for each ballet provides a wealth of facts and insights, including tips on what to look for during a performance. Hardback £25.00

The Old Boys The Decline and Rise of the Public School David Turner London-based journalist David Turner’s colourful history of Britain’s public schools, from the foundation of Winchester College in 1382 to the modern day, offers a fresh and mostly positive reappraisal of a controversial educational system that is still considered the embodiment of privilege and elitism by many in the United Kingdom. 32 b/w illustrations Hardback £25.00

Forgetting Myths, Perils and Compensations Douwe Draaisma Translated by Liz Waters A best-selling author and scholar of memory explores the fascinating workings and failings of memory, our fear of Alzheimer’s, and controversies over topics ranging from false memories to faceblindness. He concludes with a spirited defence of ‘the art of forgetting’. Hardback £18.99

Why Acting Matters David Thomson David Thomson, one of our most respected and insightful writers on movies and theatre, offers a provocative, highly engaging essay on acting and actors, and why performance is essential, whether on stage, on screen, or as part of what we all do to invent ourselves. ‘There are only a handful of indispensable books about acting. Thomson’s is now among them.’ – Richard Eyre, Director Hardback £16.99

The Fortunes of Francis Barber The True Story of the Jamaican Slave Who Became Samuel Johnson’s Heir Michael Bundock This compelling book chronicles a young boy’s journey from the horrors of Jamaican slavery to the heart of London’s literary world, and tells the story of the unlikely friendship with Dr. Samuel Johnson that changed both their lives. 30 b/w illustrations Hardback £20.00

The Dirty Dust Cré na Cille Máirtín Ó Cadhain Translated from the Irish by Alan Titley This long-awaited translation brings Ó Cadhain’s masterful comic novel to English-language readers for the first time. The characters may all be lying in their graves, but there’s no lack of gossip, backbiting, rumours and complaining about doings aboveground. Margellos World Republic of Letters Hardback £16.99

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