All The Lovers ln The Night by Mieko Kawakami

Fuyuko is an introvert. She lives alone and has trouble making friends and being social, so she jumps at the chance to turn freelance and work from home. Her life revolves around her routine and her editing job, until one day she seeks out change. But its not easy for her, with her low self …

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Earthlings by Sayaka Murata

When Natsuki is a child, she believes that her toy hedgehog is an alien and wants her to save the planet using magic. When she tells her beloved cousin, he is a life line who understands her and tells her his secret, he's also an alien. We come to understand that this story helps them …

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The Courage To Be Happy by Ichiro Kishimi and Fumitake Koga

A Socratic style dialogue between a youth and a philosopher, this book is the bestselling follow up to The Courage to be Disliked, both of which are a runaway success in Asia. It explores the teachings of Alfred Adler, who is an oft overlooked contemporary of Jung and Freud, but whose ideas ended up being …

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The Watchmaker Of Filigree Street by Natasha Pulley

London, 1883, three lives are drawn together. Thaniel, a young man who works for the Home Office as a telegraphist, an eccentric Japanese watchmaker who may have links to a bomb set my Irish revolutionaries, and Grace, a woman at Oxford who longs to be able to work on her science experiments in peace. When …

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Stationery Obsession: Writing Paper, Journals and the Joy of Letter Writing

I love stationery. I love journals, and pens and coloured paper with matching envelopes. I can't go past a stationery store without going in, and then it's very hard for me to leave without buying anything. Being a Australian who lives in London, I do have people to write to and I always have a …

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