When we eat, we travel. Tortilla, golden and oozing, on a lazy Sunday in Madrid; piping hot shakshuka for breakfast in Tel Aviv; oysters shucked and sucked from their shells on the Whitstable shingle

The Edible Atlas

Mina Holland

Whales, porpoises, mermaids and mermen, dead sailors, fishes, crabs, tiny shrimps; the sea is forever full of eyes that watch me. I never fly far beyond the shore. If my town were a map the bay would have Here Be Monsters written on it in golden ink

The Earth Hums in B Flat

Mari Strachan

For so many of us, death has become the unmentionable thing, a monstrous silence. But this is no help to the dying, who are probably lonelier now than they’ve ever been.

Dying

Cory Taylor

Greatness and near-sightedness are incompatible. Meaningful achievement depends on lifting one’s sights and pushing towards the horizon

Drive

Daniel H. Pink

My identity might begin with the fact of my race, but it didn’t, couldn't end there.At least that’s what I would choose to believe

Dreams From My Father

Barack Obama

Some people think opening a book is a simple thing. It’s not. Most people don’t realise that you can get truly lost in a book. You can. Especially you

Dragon's Green

Scarlett Thomas

The half-wrecked ship slouched into the inlet more like a saturated sponge than one of His Majesty’s ships

The Discovery Of Slowness

Sten Nadolny

The truth is he didn't care how long he was going away. Forever would have suited him. It didn't matter it was America. America was good but wherever. Things closed in. It was not Dad’s fault, just life

Dirt Road

James Kelman

Claim your adulthood. Be intentional. Get to work

The Defining Decade

Meg Jay

Davey’s face darkens and he grabs the figure from the tablecloth and throws it into the fire where it immediately begins to smoulder. ‘Cannon fodder,’ he says in a conversational tone. ‘Cannon fodder, little Osian’

Dead Man's Embers

Mari Strachan

‘I am damned,’ thinks Bunny Munro in a sudden moment of self-awareness reserved for those who are soon to die

The Death of Bunny Munro

Nick Cave

I thought I could write my way out of this, but I’m just writing my way further in

Darke

Rick Gekoski

Most of the time she thinks that she can work it out for herself in the end. The end is nigh but she’ll keep on trying. It’s not too late

The Dark Flood Rises

Margaret Drabble

What can the mind really do? How does it work, and why?

Cure

Jo Marchant

If we want a freer society, we must try to live as if we are already free. A commitment to empathy, truth and freedom needs to be the starting point

Creating Freedom

Raoul Martinez

All stories begin before they start and never, ever finish

The Crane Wife

Patrick Ness

At some point, everyone will be deceived. Everyone will fall victim to a confidence artist of one stripe or another. Everyone will fall for it. The real question is why

The Confidence Game

Maria Konnikova

This was the terrifying mystery, why creatures he loved should kill one another. He had been told that all over the world in the war now being fought men, women and children were being slaughtered in thousands; cities were being burnt down

The Cone-Gatherers

Robin Jenkins

Girls and dogs… undoubtedly two of mankind’s greatest mysteries

The Complete Peanuts 1999-2000

Charles M. Schulz

Darkness had completely descended onto the landscape and I stood up and stretched my arms above my head and I wondered what it would be like if it were a perfect world. Only god knows. And he is dead

Close to the Knives

David Wojnarowicz

Jazz was about making your own sound, finding a way to be different from everybody else, never playing the same thing two nights running

But Beautiful

Geoff Dyer

A couple may claim to be bonded by love, but we boatmen may see instead resentment, anger, even hatred. Or a great barrenness. Sometimes a fear of loneliness and nothing more

The Buried Giant

Kazuo Ishiguro

Dear Santa Claus, You can’t bluff me. I know that you are wishy washy. I know that you will bring me presents whether I’m good or whether I’m bad

The Bumper Book of Peanuts

Charles M. Schulz

Bright Young Things wanted for big project

Bright Young Things

Scarlett Thomas