Addiction is a deadly condition, that goes much further than the one addicted, affecting the families and friends of those around them. Meyhem is Sigrid Rausing’s memoir of addiction comes from the point of view as a family member trying to understand the causation and course of the disease.
The White Book by Han Kang (South Korea) translated by Deborah Smith (UK)
Fiction (Portobello Books, Granta)
The White Book begins with a list of white things, but grows into a tale of light, death and ritual by the acclaimed Korean writer Han Kang.
Midwinter Break by Bernard MacLaverty (Ireland)
Fiction (Jonathan Cape)
Bernard MacLaverty, author of Booker Prize-shortlisted Grace Notes, returns with an intense exploration of love and uncertainty when a long-married couple take a midwinter break in Amsterdam.
To Be a Machine: Adventures among cyborgs, utopians, hackers, and the futurists solving the modest problem of death by Mark O’Connell (Ireland)
Non-fiction (Granta Books)
What is Transhumanism? Mark O’Connell’s book explores the movement that uses technology to improve our bodies to the point that they are better than the ones we are born with. You can read a sample here.
I Am, I Am, I Am: Seventeen brushes with death by Maggie O’Farrell (UK/Ireland)
Non-fiction (Tinder Press, Headline Publishing Group)
Costa Novel Award-winner Maggie O’Farrell has had far too many near-death experiences, and her memoir explores what you would do if your life was in danger.
Behave: The biology of humans at our best and worst by Robert Sapolsky (USA)
Non-fiction (The Bodley Head, Vintage)
What causes acts of aggression or compassion? What inspires us to terrible deeds and what might help foster our best behaviour? Robert Sapolsky, Professor of Biology and Neurology at Stanford University, brings these questions to life and discovers why we do what we do.
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