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April Staff Choices

East West Street by Philippe Sands
Intended to be an exploration into the mysterious life of Sands’ grandfather, the book turned out to be a blend of memoir and historical commentary as Sands began to unfurl more and more of his grandfather’s story. It’s a fascinating account of the two prosecutors  who christened the concepts of ‘crimes against humanity’ and ‘genocide’ during the Nuremberg Trials. Sands’ impeccable research provides a new and profound insight into the political landscape during World War II. An absolute must-read for the history buffs!– Fiona

 

Descent of Man by Grayson Perry
“This man is so wonderfully unique that he single-handedly makes up for Brexit” – Caitlin Moran
Following on from the 3 part documentary series, ‘All Man’, that Perry filmed for Channel 4, he has further delved into the idea of what masculinity is. He condemns the common tropes and expectations of masculinity, offering a more well-rounded and inclusive understanding of the word. Engaging us from the outset with his notorious wit, Perry provides us with much food for thought and honestly discusses his own experiences with gender issues.– Lisa

 

The Norse Myths by Carolyne Larrington
Norse mythology has inspired so much of modern fantasy with writers from Tolkien to George R. R. Martin drawing from its expansive universe. Carolyne Larrington traces this influence and tells the stories of the Gods and the many facets of their world using extracts translated directly from the Old Norse. Really accessible and easy to read while still containing loads of fascinating information!– Emily

 

To Be a Machine by Mark O’ Connell
This book is the first in-depth exploration of transhumanism – the belief  that the human race can evolve beyond its current physical and mental limitations through science and technology. Mark O’ Connell writes about his meetings with the key figures of the movement and his trips to cryogenics facilities and labs where the aim is to go beyond the current human condition and perhaps even ‘solve’ death. O’ Connell is a complete outsider to the topic and approaches it with an open mind and a relatable (and funny) perspective.– Brian