The first book of reportage from the front line of the Ukraine war. This is a powerful, moving first draft of history written by the award-winning Guardian journalist and #1 New York Times bestselling author of Collusion and Shadow State. ''Essential reading for those who want to understand the most important conflict of the 21st Century.'' ELIOT HIGGINS , founder of Bellingcat ''Brilliant . . . Harding is a one of the best experts on Putin''s Russia. Invasion reads like an exciting military-political thriller, but all its characters and events are true.'' ANDREY KURKOV For months, the omens had pointed in one scarcely believable direction: Russia was about to invade Ukraine. And yet, the world was stunned by the epochal scale of the assault that began in February 2022. It was an attempt by one nation to devour another. Invasion is Luke Harding''s compelling chronicle of the war that changed everything. For this breathtaking work of reportage he spent months reporting on the ground during the build up to the conflict and afterward; his book tells of the initial days of shock and panic, the grim reality of this ongoing war, and the unheard human stories behind the headlines. Invasion also offers insightful portraits of the the war''s two great personalities. One, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, is an actor-turned-president who rallied support on a global stage. The other, Vladimir Putin, is a dictator who dwells in a strange and unreachable realm. Harding examines the ideological, religious and personal reasons behind Putin''s decision to invade. And he confronts a crucial question: which side will prevail in this terrible war? With the ripple effects of the largest armed conflict in Europe since 1945 already being felt beyond Ukraine and Russia''s borders, it is more vital than ever to understand how the situation on the front line will have profound effects for us all. Written in Luke Harding''s starkly transfixing style, Invasion makes for essential reading. ''Luke Harding is one of the best reporters in the world.'' ROBERTO SAVIANO , author of Gomorrah *** Author royalties from this edition will go to the Disasters Emergency Committee''s Ukraine Fund.
From the AWARD-WINNING JOURNALIST and #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR of COLLUSION ''Luke Harding is one of the best reporters in the world.'' -- Robert Saviano ''[ Collusion is] a superb piece of work ... essential reading for anyone who cares for his country.'' -- John Le Carre *** No terrorist group has deployed a nerve agent in a civilian area or used a radioactive mini-bomb in London. The Kremlin has done both. Shadow State is a gripping investigative account of how Russia''s spies helped elect Donald Trump, backed Brexit, murdered enemies and threatened the very basis of western democracy . The operatives come in disguise. They pose as tourists, journalists and businessmen. Utterly ruthless, sometimes bungling and always ambitious, they roam from Salisbury to Helsinki, Ukraine to the Central African Republican, London to Washington. SHADOW STATE is a riveting and alarming investigation into those spies and the way Russia has used them to wage an increasingly bold war in the UK and beyond. The Kremlin has attempted to reshape politics in their own mould; the future of Western democracy is at stake as a result
'I find their illogic and foolish emotions a constant irritant.' - Mr Spock, on humans (Star Trek S3E7) Emotions. They're a pain, aren't they? If only we were all a little less emotional and a lot more rational, we wouldn't get ourselves into half the scrapes we do. But is that a fair synopsis? Are emotions really some form of cognitive appendix that we'd be better off without? Or do they serve a deeper purpose? For them to take up so much of our brain's precious resources, emotions must have evolved for a reason. What is that reason? And how do they work in the brain? Are they innate, wired in from the word go, allowing a baby to cry with distress mere seconds after exiting the womb? Or are they learned, over time and through our experiences of dealing with others? In The Emotional Brain , Dean Burnett investigates all these questions - and many more besides. Combining in-depth research with expert analysis, the end result is a fascinating and endlessly entertaining account of the science underlying our emotional lives.
' Funny, wise and absolutely fascinating.' Adam Kay, author of This Is Going to Hurt Do you want to be happy? If so - read on. This book has all the answers* In The Happy Brain , neuroscientist Dean Burnett delves deep into the inner workings of our minds to explore some fundamental questions about happiness. What does it actually mean to be happy? Where does it come from? And what, really, is the point of it? Forget searching for the secret of happiness through lifestyle fads or cod philosophy - Burnett reveals the often surprising truth behind what make us tick. From whether happiness really begins at home (spoiler alert: yes - sort of) to what love, sex, friendship, wealth, laughter and success actually do to our brains, this book offers a uniquely entertaining insight into what it means to be human. *Not really. Sorry. But it does have some very interesting questions, and at least the occasional answer.
''Compelling and wise and rational.'' - Jon Ronson One in four of us experience a mental health problem each year, with anxiety and depression alone affecting over 500 million people worldwide. Why are these conditions so widespread? What is it about modern life that has such an impact on our mental health? And why is there still so much confusion and stigma around these issues? In Psycho-Logical , neuroscientist and bestselling author Dean Burnett answers these questions and more, revealing what is actually going on in our brains when we suffer mental health issues such as anxiety, depression and addiction. Combining illuminating scientific research with first-hand insights from people who deal with mental health problems on a daily basis, this is an honest, entertaining and reassuring account of how and why these issues occur, and how to make sense of them.
From the bestselling author of Alex''s Adventures in Numberland and Can You Solve My Problems? comes a fascinating, hugely entertaining collection of puzzles for crossword addicts and language-lovers of all stripes. ''The only puzzle book I''ve seen that manages to befuddle both sides of the brain at the same time.'' DARA O BRIAIN ''Such fun, full of unexpected ideas and charmingly written.'' TIM HARFORD Can you decipher the code of a long-lost civilization? Or solve riddles in runes? Or will you get lost in translation? Crossing continents and borders, bestselling puzzle author Alex Bellos has gathered more than one hundred of the world''s best conundrums that celebrate the rich diversity of human language and culture, all while testing your deduction, intuition and street smarts. ''For all the language and puzzle fans in your life!'' GRETCHEN McCULLOCH ''A cornucopia of ingenious and insightful challenges.'' DAVID CRYSTAL ''This compendium of puzzles is a great idea.'' MICHAEL ROSEN ''You''ll love what Alex Bellos has done here.'' GYLES BRANDRETH ''Tantalisting.'' THE ECONOMIST ''The perfect way to pass the time.'' BBC SCIENCE FOCUS
Lost for Words is a book of more than 100 surprising and entertaining puzzles that celebrate the amazing diversity of the world of words and language. Featuring a huge variety of ancient, modern and even invented languages, this collection of problems will introduce you to unusual alphabets and scripts, curious vocabularies and phonologies, and global variations in simple behaviours like counting, telling the time, and naming children. Whether you are a crossword solver, a code-breaker or a Scrabble addict, these puzzles are guaranteed to twist your tongue and sharpen your mind.
'Finn has written the definitive book on ultra running today. I couldn't put it down.' - Dean Karnazes *** Marathons are no longer enough. Pain is to be relished, not avoided. Hallucinations are normal. Ultra running defies conventional logic. Yet this most brutal and challenging sport is now one of the fastest-growing in the world. Why is this? Is it an antidote to modern life, or a symptom of a modern illness? Adharanand Finn travelled to the heart of the sport to find out - and to see if he could become an ultra runner himself. His journey took him from the deserts of Oman to the snow-capped peaks of the Rockies, and on to his ultimate goal, the 105-mile Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc. The Rise of the Ultra Runners is the electrifying, inspirational account of what he learned along the way. Through encounters with the sport's many colourful characters and his experiences of its soaring highs and crushing lows, Finn offers an unforgettable insight into what can be found at the boundaries of human endeavour.
Most of us want to make a difference. We donate to charity, buy Fairtrade coffee, or try to cut down on our carbon emissions. Rarely do we know if we're really helping, and despite our best intentions, our actions can have ineffective -- and sometimes downright harmful -- outcomes. Confronting this problem, William MacAskill developed the concept of effective altruism, a practical, data-driven approach which shows that each of us has the power to do an astonishing amount of good, given the right information. His conclusions are often surprising; by examining the charities we give to, the goods we buy and the careers we pursue, Doing Good Better is a fascinating and original guide which shows how, through simple actions, you can improve thousands of lives -- including your own.
From the #1 New York Times bestselling author and award-winning journalist comes Shadow State , a timely and shocking analysis which connects Putin, Trump, and Brexit with the dark web. Based on years of investigations, Luke Harding reveals how Russian spies helped to sway the 2016 US presidential elections in favour of Trump and backed the campaign which resulted in Brexit, and how they lied, deceived, and murdered to do so. From Salisbury to Helsinki, Washington to the Ukraine, the Kremlin has attempted to reshape politics in their own mould; the future of Western democracy is at stake as a result.
This is a collection of ingenious and satisfying puzzles drawn from across the ancient and modern world. You will be imprisoned by a sadistic logician; thrown in an arena with a famished lion; and balancing along an ever-expanding elastic band. Implausible scenarios in daily life, perhaps. But in puzzle-land, you get into these scrapes all the time. You'll need to pit your wits against riddles, word problems, visual and logical conundrums. Some solutions will rely on ingenuity, some will challenge you to spot patterns, others call for extreme rationally. All will stretch your brain. Let's get puzzling ...
125 of the world's best brainteasers from ancient China to medieval Europe, Victorian England to modern-day Japan, with stories of espionage, mathematical breakthroughs and puzzling rivalries. Some solutions rely on a touch of cunning, others call for creativity, others need logical thought. Some can only by solved be 2 per cent of the population. All are guaranteed to sharpen your mind. Let's get puzzling!
Half-and-half scarves? VARs? England winning penalty shoot-outs? Modern football can be baffling. But if you're contemplating throwing it all in for the simpler pleasures of quantum mechanics, don't despair just yet: help is at hand. In Goalless Draws , David Squires unpicks the modern game with an unmissable selection of his Guardian football cartoons from 2014 to the 2018 World Cup. From the ever-dizzying managerial roundabout to the absurdities of the transfer window, and from the annual tradition of poppygate to the 'stable genius' of Jose Mourinho, the result is a riotous reminder of all the pitfalls of the modern game, as well as everything that keeps us coming back for more.
''A truly important book; shines a brilliant light on the game we all love and its broader impact.'' Megan Rapinoe ''A thoroughly entertaining and enlightening read.'' Claire Balding ''An important book about the history, power and potential of the women''s game.'' Ian Wright The inspirational, agenda-changing story of women''s football around the world. A Woman''s Game explores the history of women''s football from the Victorian era - with players in high-heeled boots - to the present day. It is the story of a rise, fall, and rise again: from the game''s first appearance in England in the late nineteenth century; through the incredible teams which at their height in 1920 drew 53,000 spectators to Goodison Park; to its 50-year ban in the UK and the aftershocks when that ban was lifted. Now, as the women''s game is once again on an unstoppable upward trend, with internationally renowned players and a record 11.7m viewers for England''s semi-final match against the USA in the 2019 World Cup, Suzanne Wrack considers what the next chapter of this incredible story might be. From its relationship to the worldwide fight against oppression, to its ability to inspire change in the wider world, this is both a history of football as played by women, and a manifesto for a better game.
''Britain''s funniest writer'' (Jon Ronson) makes some sense of the delusional fever-dream of recent times. ''Marina Hyde is a joyous rallying voice in British journalism . . . Her writing seems to come at you like it was being whispered into your ear as you watch, live, the antics of the rich and powerful, all the time suppressing a guffaw.'' GRAYSON PERRY No other writer is more suited to chronicle the absurd and chaotic times we live in. This book - based on Hyde''s spectacularly funny Guardian columns - tells the story of the hellscape of the Cameron, May and Johnson eras, Trumpian wtf-ery to celebrity twattery, the Royal soap-opera and the series finale of the United Kingdom. Hyde sees through the looking glass and calls out the utter crap rained down on us from populists, tech billionaires, reality TV monsters, media barons, sporting pundits and Gwyneth Paltrow. What Just Happened?! will be a welcome blast of humour and sanity in the more-than-likely bleak winter of 2022.
THEY STEAL IDENTITIES. THEY BREAK THE LAW. THEY SLEEP WITH THE ENEMY. THEY ARE THE UNDERCOVER POLICE. This is the breathtaking story of forty years of state espionage revealed by award-winning journalists Rob Evans and Paul Lewis.
Charlotte Higgins, the Guardian 's chief culture writer, steps behind the polished doors of Broadcasting House and investigates the BBC. Based on her hugely popular essay series, this personal journey answers the questions that rage around this vulnerable, maddening and uniquely British institution. Questions such as, what does the BBC mean to us now? What are the threats to its continued existence? Is it worth fighting for? Higgins traces its origins, celebrating the early pioneering spirit and unearthing forgotten characters whose imprint can still be seen on the BBC today. She explores how it forged ideas of Britishness both at home and abroad. She shows how controversy is in its DNA and brings us right up to date through interviews with grandees and loyalists, embattled press officers and high profile dissenters, and she sheds new light on recent feuds and scandals. This is a deeply researched, lyrically written, intriguing portrait of an institution at the heart of Britain.
Thought you had it bad? In this book, you will be: Imprisoned by a sadistic logician. Challenged to raise dogs from the dead. Trapped on a burning island. And much more besides . . . Everything is at stake in this compendium of more than 150 ingenious puzzles, selected to reveal the wonderful diversity of brainteasers that have confounded and intrigued solvers for the last thousand years. You'll need to pit your wits against probability problems, wrestle with wordplay, grapple with geometry and scrabble for survival. Along the way you will discover stories of whip-smart thinkers, eccentric novelists and a poodle with allegedly supernatural powers. You will absorb fascinating and important mathematical ideas. Some solutions will rely on ingenuity, some will challenge you to spot hidden patterns, others call for extreme rationality. All will surprise, entertain and stretch your brain. Will you make it out with your puzzling pride intact?
The Messenger tells the story of an unlikely friendship between two men looking to change the world - a repentant jihadist and an idealistic journalist. This troubling real-life thriller takes us from their first meeting in a spartan flat in the rough suburbs of Manchester, to a bombing in Pakistan, a dramatic arrest and Malik's reporting career on the brink of ruin. Ten years later, Malik returns to this extraordinary tale. He asks where we can place our trust - in reams of evidence, in a government we believe is on our side, in a terrorist who swears he's changed, in a friend who has no one else to turn to. Malik explores the uncomfortable questions about why he, as well as the wider media and the nation, surrendered to fear so easily. And he reveals how the age of terror laid the groundwork for an era of fake news and demagogues. This is investigative journalism and storytelling of the highest order.