THE EMPEROR OF ALL MALADIES By Siddhartha Mukherjee
in hardcover at €32.50
A magnificent, beautifully written biography of cancer – from its first documented appearances thousands of years ago through the epic battles to cure, control and conquer it to a radical new understanding of its essence.
In The Emperor of All Maladies, Siddhartha Mukherjee, doctor, researcher and award-winning science writer, examines cancer with a cellular biologist’s precision, a historian’s perspective, and a biographer’s passion.
The result is an astonishingly lucid and eloquent chronicle of a disease humans have lived with – and perished from – for more than five thousand years.
The story of cancer is a story of human ingenuity, resilience and perseverance, but also of hubris, arrogance and misperception, all leveraged against a disease that, just three decades ago, was thought to be easily vanquished in an all-out ‘war against cancer’.
Mukherjee recounts centuries of discoveries, setbacks, victories and deaths, told through the eyes of predecessors and peers, training their wits against an infinitely resourceful adversary. From the Persian Queen Atossa, whose Greek slave cut off her malignant breast, to the nineteeth-century recipient of primitive radiation and chemotherapy and Mukherjee’s own leukemia patient, Carla, The Emperor of All Maladies is about the people who have soldiered through toxic, bruising, and draining regimes to survive and to increase the store of human knowledge.
Riveting and magisterial, Emperor of All Maladies provides a fascinating glimpse into the future of cancer treatments and a brilliant new perspective on the way doctors, scientists, philosophers and lay people have observed and understood the human body for millennia.
HELL’S CORNER by David Baldacci in hardcover at €23.40
The Camel Club returns in the breathtaking follow up to Divine Justice from internationally bestselling author, David Baldacci.
On the night of the State Dinner honouring the British Prime Minister, Oliver Stone witnesses an explosion as the motorcade leaves the White House. A bomb has been detonated in what looks like a terrorist plot directed at the President and the Prime Minister.
In the aftermath, British MI5 agent Mary Chapman, an experienced, operative with an agenda of her own, is sent to assist and coordinate the investigation alongside American authorities. Stone, together with Harry Finn, Alex Ford and the rest of the Camel Club, is drawn into the inquiry.
However, everything is not what it seems, and what happened in the park may not have been the actual plan. It seems the mysterious attackers had another target in their sights, and it’s up to the Camel Club to stop them, or face the catastrophic results.
A fast-paced and gripping thriller which will appeal to anyone who enjoys Lee Child, Michael Connelly, Tom Clancy or Frederick Forsyth.
THE MAN IN THE WOODEN HAT by Jane Gardam in paperback at €10.50.
Filth (Failed In London, Try Hong Kong) is a successful lawyer when he marries Elisabeth in Hong Kong soon after the War.
Reserved, immaculate and courteous, Filth finds it hard to demonstrate his emotions. But Elisabeth is different – a free spirit.
She was brought up in the Japanese Internment Camps, which killed both her parents, but left her with a lust for survival and an affinity with the Far East.
No wonder she is attracted to Filth’s hated rival at the Bar – the brash, forceful Veneering. Veneering has a Chinese wife and an adored son – and no difficulty whatsoever in demonstrating his emotions.
How Elisabeth turns into Betty and whether she remains loyal to stolid Filth or swept up by caddish Veneering, make for a page-turning plot, in a perfect novel which is full of surprises and revelations, as well as the humour and eccentricities for which Jane Gardam’s writing is famous.
ULTIMATE SLOW COOKER FAVOURITES by Cara Hobday in paperback at €11.75.
At this time of year, slow-cooked food, ready to eat when you arrive home after a day at work or just having bubbled away in the background as you read a good book, is an appealing prospect.
This useful and easy-to-follow book contains a collection of over 100 delicious recipes for various occasions – from a simple mid-week supper to a more elaborate dinner party. Examples of recipes include Provencale Pasta Sauce, Seafood Risotto, Chicken with Bacon, Leeks and Mustard, creamy Lamb and Cauliflower Kashmir Curry, Slow-roasted Duck and Apples, and Toffee and Pecan Pudding.
This is a second volume from a reputable food author: over 100 mouthwatering recipes plus in-depth advice on buying and using a slow cooker.
There is also a chapter of ideas for how to spice up a Sunday roast, as well as troubleshooting tips, with colour photography throughout.