Science and nature books

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In brief: Hey, Zoey; You Could Make This Place Beautiful; The Light Eaters – review
A thoughtful meditation on love and loneliness via an AI-based sex doll; an outstanding debut memoir of infidelity’s aftermath; and a passionate and insightful botanical study

Hannah Beckerman

19, May, 2024 @10:00 AM

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Rumbles by Elsa Richardson review – gut reaction
A vivid cultural of digestion, from ancient Greece to All-Bran

Steven Poole

18, May, 2024 @6:30 AM

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You Don’t Have to Be Mad to Work Here by Benji Waterhouse review – the doctor won’t see you now
A brilliantly funny but deadly serious account of NHS psychiatry in crisis

Rachel Clarke

16, May, 2024 @6:30 AM

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Amphibious Soul by Craig Foster – what lies beneath
A memoir from the human star of My Octopus Teacher shows unjustified confidence in interpreting nature’s messages

Charlie Gilmour

15, May, 2024 @8:00 AM

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Chicken or egg? One zoologist’s attempt to solve the conundrum of which came first
The writer of a new book about life on Earth seen through the prism of the egg says the age-old paradox actually leads us back a billion years – to the bottom of the ocean

Jules Howard

05, May, 2024 @4:00 AM

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Pivot podcast host Scott Galloway: ‘Tech bros conflate luck with talent’
The US academic on why the Mr Burns caricature of rich people is wrong, the double-edged sword of godlike technologies, and why young people shouldn’t follow their passion

Ian Tucker

04, May, 2024 @3:00 PM

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Deep Water: The World in the Ocean by James Bradley review – a compelling sea view of civilisation
This provocative and engrossing history of marine life identifies its role in shaping us – and the future crisis we face

Robin McKie

29, Apr, 2024 @8:00 AM

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In brief: Whale Fall; The Beauty of Falling; My Friend Anne Frank – review
An impressive coming of age novel set on a Welsh island; a physicist’s lifelong obsession with gravity; and the harrowing story of a Holocaust survivor

Hannah Beckerman

21, Apr, 2024 @9:00 AM

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Adventures in Volcanoland by Tamsin Mather review – fire and brimstone
A magical scientific exploration of volcanoes, and how they’ve shaped both nature and human destiny

Rachel Aspden

17, Apr, 2024 @11:00 AM

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In brief: The Husbands; The Book-Makers; Meetings With Moths – review
A witty multiverse romcom; chatty erudition about books and printing; and an illuminating exploration of the world of a nocturnal insect

Hephzibah Anderson

07, Apr, 2024 @10:00 AM

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Behavioural scientist Michael Norton: ‘When a tennis player ties their shoes in a particular way, they feel they can play at Wimbledon’
The Harvard professor reveals how everyday rituals can help us cope with pressure, unlock our emotions and define our identities

Killian Fox

06, Apr, 2024 @2:00 PM

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In brief: Tales from the Dancefloor; The Curse of Pietro Houdini; The Earth Transformed – review
Sacha Lord tells some enjoyable tales of Manchester clubbing, Derek B Miller blends wartime adventure and art-heist thriller, and Peter Frankopan attempts a planetary history

Ben East

31, Mar, 2024 @10:00 AM

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