Love Without End
A Story of Heloise and Abelard
Brilliant young scholar Heloise falls in love with her tutor Abelard in medieval Paris, but their romance turns to tragedy. Reimagining their true story, Melvyn Bragg explores its moral complexity, and the lovers’ journey from erotic excess to sublime mysticism.
Lost and Found
Memory, Identity, and Who We Become When We're No Longer Ourselves
Why do some memories remain vivid while others fade; and who are we when we dream or when dementia has altered our personality? Sharing insights from her own clinical practice, a consultant neurologist here sets out the latest research that is revealing how many of our assumptions about consciousness are deeply flawed. She also considers questions of legal responsibility in cases of changed personalities and reveals how neurological disorders can awaken talent and creativity.
A Woman Looking at Men Looking at Women
Essays on Art, Sex, and the Mind
Why are the sciences considered masculine and hard, the arts feminine and soft? And why is hard better than soft? In these groundbreaking essays, the award-winning novelist looks at artists including Picasso and Bourgeois to challenge such long-held assumptions.
The Walker's Guide to Outdoor Clues and Signs
Their Meaning and the Art of Making Predictions and Deductions
A bestseller and former BBC Countryfile Book of the Year, this is the ultimate guide to what the land, the sun, moon and stars, plants and animals, sky and clouds can reveal – when you know what to look for. Drawing on two decades of outdoor experience, Tristan Gooley explains how to focus our powers of deduction and prediction on the natural world and provides over 850 clues and signs to get us started.
How to Read Water
Clues & Patterns from Puddles to the Sea
The ripple pattern around a stone in a pond exactly mirrors the pattern around an island in the ocean. Pacific Islanders can navigate using such ‘ripple maps’. In this guide to understanding the behaviour of water, Tristan Gooley explains how ripples and currents, colour and light, tides and the abundance of organic life can help us divine what is happening on, around and to different bodies of water.