In Defense Of Elitism by Joel Stein

"Why I am better than you and you are better than someone who didn't buy this book." That's the tagline on the cover, and that made me laugh, so then I wanted to read it. I think this one is intentionally polarizing and decidedly trying to annoy some people with it's cover design (ok, and …

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Mrs Robinson’s Disgrace: The Private Diary Of A Victorian Lady by Kate Summerscale

This book is really beautifully bound if you get the hard cover edition. It's soft blue, with embossed gold flowers on the cover, and a swathed Victorian lady pictured in the centre. Perhaps it's slightly beside the point, but I do love a the pleasure of reading a beautifully bound volume. Kate Summerscale once again …

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Travels With My Father: An Autobiographical Novel By Karen Jennings

Don't judge a book by it's cover. Although, in most cases you normally can, it would be a real shame to go past this absolute gem because of it's dressing. The book is an exquisite examination of family, grief, dying and the father-daughter relationship, as well as an exploration of place and family anecdote in …

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