book of the week – “The Zombie Survival Guide: complete protection from the living dead” by Max Brooks

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Don’t be reckless with your most asset – life. This book is your key to survival against the hordes of undead who may be stalking you right now without you even knowing it. Inside this book you will find complete protection through proven tips for safe-guarding yourself and your loved ones against the living dead. It is a book that could save your life.

Book of the week – Dracula by Bram Stoker

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Count Dracula’s castle is a hellish world where night is day, pleasure is pain and the blood of the innocent prized above all. Young Jonathan Harker approaches the gloomy gates with no idea what he is about to face . . .

And back in England eerie incidents are unfolding as strange puncture marks appear on a young woman’s neck . . . But can Harker’s fiancé be saved? And where is the evil Dracula?

 

Book of the week – Queer: a Graphic History

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By Meg-John Barker and Julia Scheele

From identity politics and gender roles to privilege and exclusion, Queer explores how we came to view sex, gender and sexuality in the ways that we do; how these ideas get tangled up with our culture and our understanding of biology, psychology and sexology; and how these views have been disputed and challenged.

Presented in a brilliantly engaging and witty style, this is a unique portrait of the universe of queer thinking.

Book of the week – Cane toad wars by Rick Shine

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 “This book tells a story of warfare, at several levels and among several combatants. It’s a tale of an invasive amphibian that has devastated native wildlife in Australia; of how the ecosystem fought back to get the invader under control; of battles between scientists who championed the toad’s introduction and those who opposed it; of claims and counterclaims regarding toad impact and management, fought out in the public arena by scientists and community toad-busting groups; and of how mu research team developed a new arsenal of weapons to control the Cane Toad. Ironically, we stole most of those weapons from themselves, by eavesdropping on tricks they use to kill their competitors – the fiercest battles involve Toad against Toad.’’ (Taken from Chapter 1)

‘Shine clearly communicates the biological ideas that he and his team researched, perfectly capturing the excitement of stepping into the unknown of scientific enquiry. Shine doesn’t overwhelm with ecological theory, however, but provides a gripping narrative of the Cane Toad Wars, diffused with witty and often genuinely funny portraits of the characters involved, be they man or beast.’  Review by 6.2 K Social

BOOK OF THE WEEK: Adapt by Tim Harford

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We’ve all been told that ‘practice makes perfect’, and no-doubt we’ve all (to some degree) experienced the truth of this adage in our daily lives: learning vocab, practicing instruments, improving sports techniques, etc. We know that we had to get it wrong many times, before finally getting it right.

In this book, Tim Harford demonstrates very eloquently how the same is true on a grander scale: economically, politically, and in all walks of leadership.

Read this, and take heart!

Book of the week – ‘Festivals: a survival guide’ by Jo Hoare

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Every year when summer rolls around, millions of us sacrifice the joys of a comfortable bed and warm running water in favor of a weekend of debauchery in a field in the middle of nowhere. Whether you’re planning a weekend hobnobbing with the A-listers at Coachella, trading goods in the desert at Burning Man, raving through the night at one of Croatia’s beachside parties, or seeing the biggest bands in the world at Glastonbury, the pull of a music festival is undeniable, but it can all be a bit daunting. No doubt you will have heard stories of monsoon rain reducing the festival site to a giant mud bath, or stumbling home after 24-hours non-stop raving and finding an inebriated stranger sleeping in your tent, but how do you cope with these situations?

Whether it’s getting a ticket (often considerably harder than it sounds) or picking the perfect spot to pitch a tent, Festivals: A Survival Guide will talk you through everything you need to know about a weekend of music, mates, and mayhem.

Book of the week – Animal Music

Ever since the accidental discovery of whale song in 1967, the idea of complex animal sentience has been gaining strength within the scientific community.  Do animals enjoy music on a similar level to human beings?

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Hack into the sonic world of shrimps, travel back in time to the point where animal and human songs diverged, and decode the latest neuroscientific findings about animal music and communication.

  “A collection of essays…the best ones are totally brilliant!  Imagine turning up to a Natural Sciences interview and talking about this!”   Suggested for the library by SLN

Book of the week – Circe

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Circe by Madeline Miller

In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe has neither the look or voice of divinity and is scorned and rejected by her kin. Increasingly isolated, she turns to mortals for companionship, leading her to discover a power forbidden to the gods: witchcraft.

Suggested for the library by Mrs Ellis