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The-FeedA unique, thought-provoking and utterly addictive thriller with a chilling premise at its core. This will be devoured by fans of The Girl with all the gifts and The Passage.

 

The Feed by Nick Clark Windo is a startling and timely debut which presents a world as unique and vividly imagined as Station Eleven and The Girl with all the Gifts and explores what it is to be human in the digital age.

 

It makes us. It destroys us.

 

The Feed is everywhere. It can be accessed by anyone, at any time. Every interaction, every emotion, every image can be shared through it.

 

Tom and Kate use The Feed, but they have resisted addiction to it. And this will serve them well when The Feed collapses.

 

Until their six-year-old daughter, Bea, goes missing.

 

Because how do you find someone in a world devoid of technology? And what happens when you can no longer trust that your loved ones are really who they claim to be?

 

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 Happiness-for-HumansDon't tell anyone, but Jen is one of my favourite people.

(Machines aren't supposed to have favourites. Don't ask me how this has happened.)

 

Jen is sad. Aiden wants her to be happy. Simple? Except that Jen is a thirty-something woman whose boyfriend has just left her and Aiden is a very complicated, very expensive piece of software.

 

Aiden has calculated that Jen needs a man in her life for optimum wellbeing. And with the whole of the internet at his disposal, he doesn't have to look far to find a perfect specimen and engineer a meeting. But what, exactly, makes human beings happy? And can a very artificially- intelligent machine discover emotional intelligence in time to fix Jen's life?

 

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Manage-Your-MoneyWe never get an instruction manual about how money works. We never have to pass a test to get our Money License before we can take a new credit card for a drive.

 

Most of what we learn about money comes from advertising or from other people who know as little as we do. No wonder we make such basic mistakes. No wonder we feel disempowered and scared. No wonder so many of us just decide to stick our heads in the damn sand and just never deal with it. I wrote this book, because so many of the people I spoke to told me that they wished someone would.

 

 

In this clear and engaging basic guide to managing your finances, Sam Beckbessinger covers topics from compound interest and inflation to “Your brain on money”, negotiating a raise, and particularly local South African phenomena like “black tax”. The book includes exercises and “how-to’s”, doesn’t shy away from the psychology of money, and is empowering, humorous and helpful.

 

The book you wish you’d had at 25, but is never too late to read.

 

 

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From Paula Hawkins’s The Girl on the Train to the latest riff, The Woman in the Window by AJ Finn. As with Hawkins, we have a booze-addicted woman with a dysfunctional life, Dr Anna Fox.

 

When not watching Hitchcock films (Finn is refreshingly open about the source of his inspiration), Anna uses the zoom lens of her camera to spy on the comfortable life of her neighbours, the Russells. But – as is de rigueur for this subgenre – Anna observes something horrific and is confronted with the inevitable question: will anyone believe her?

Finn does not attempt to conceal the shopworn elements, but confronts them head-on and rings some bracing changes. “A J Finn” is really Dan Mallory, a US publisher who knows just what makes popular thrillers work. Guardian

 

Anna’s husband has left her and taken their 8-year-old daughter with him. She talks to them by phone and vainly begs him to return. She’s a child psychologist and still advises a few patients by email, but mostly she is alone with her wine, her movies and her cat. She also has a tenant, a handsome carpenter who lives in her basement. His presence injects a bit of “will they or won’t they?” excitement into the story, but mostly she is content to spy on her neighbors.

 

Then, Ethan Russell, a boy of 16 who lives across the street, arrives bearing a gift from his mother. He is a good-looking, friendly lad: “He looks like a boy I once knew, once kissed — summer camp in Maine, a quarter century ago. I like him.” Anna meets Ethan’s parents, Paul and Jane, and Finn’s plot kicks in. Washington Post

 

Fox is an intriguing, sympathetic character. In fact, Gillian Flynn says she would love to split a bottle of pinot with her. “Maybe two bottles,” she says. “I’ve got a lot of questions for her.” Parade

 

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Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, reportedly based on more than 200 interviews with the president, his inner circle and players in and around the administration, is one of the most eagerly awaited political books of the year.

In it, Wolff lifts the lid on a White House lurching from crisis to crisis amid internecine warfare, with even some of Trump’s closest allies expressing contempt for him. Guardian

 

Conway, the campaign’s manager, was in a remarkably buoyant mood, considering she was about to experience a resounding, if not cataclysmic, defeat.

Donald Trump would lose the election — of this she was sure — but he would quite possibly hold the defeat to under six points. That was a substantial victory. As for the looming defeat itself, she shrugged it off: It was Reince Priebus’s fault, not hers. The New York Magazine

 

Tony Blair warned Donald Trump’s aides that British intelligence may have spied on them during the election, according to an explosive new book.

The former prime minister met Jared Kushner, son-in-law to Donald Trump and a senior aide, at the White House last February. The Times

 

Donald Trump’s lawyers threatened legal action on Wednesday night against his former right-hand man Steve Bannon, marking a fresh escalation after a day of turmoil that left the White House reeling. Guardian

 

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