‘Grace Burrowes is terrific!‘ Julia Quinn
‘Grace Burrowes is a romance treasure‘ Tessa Dare
A difficult duke, a determined lady and too many secrets . . .
Nathaniel, Duke of Rothhaven, lives in seclusion, leaving his property only to gallop his demon-black steed across the moors by moonlight. Exasperated mamas invoke his name to frighten small children, though Nathaniel is truly a decent man — maybe too decent for his own good. That’s precisely why he must turn away the beguiling woman demanding his help.
Lady Althea Wentworth has little patience for dukes, reclusive or otherwise, but she needs Rothhaven’s backing to gain entrance into Polite Society. She’s asked him nicely, she’s called on him politely, all to no avail — until her prize hogs just happen to plunder the ducal orchard. He longs for privacy. She’s vowed to never endure another ball as a wallflower. Yet as the two grow closer, it soon becomes clear they might both be pretending to be something they’re not.
A Rogues to Riches book
Praise for Grace Burrowes:
‘Smart, sexy, and oh-so romantic’ Mary Balogh
‘Wonderfully funny, moving romance, not to be missed!‘ Eloisa James
‘If you’re not reading Grace Burrowes you’re missing the very best in today’s Regency Romance!‘ Elizabeth Hoyt
‘Burrowes is a writer of towering talent‘ USA Today Happy Ever After
‘I think prison has done me very little harm and some good. I am now far better read, far less smug and conceited, far more tolerant and considerably more capable of looking after myself.’
In 1930, 21-year-old Roger Mortimer was commissioned into the 3rd Battalion Coldstream Guards, and would spend the next eight years stationed at Chelsea Barracks. He lived a fairly leisurely existence, with his parents’ house in Cadogan Gardens a stone’s throw away, and pleasant afternoons were whiled away at the racecourse or a members’ club – officers in the battalion were even allocated ‘soldier servants’.
Admittedly things got a little hairy in Palestine in 1938, when Roger, now a captain, found himself amidst the action in the Arab Uprising. The worst, however, was yet to come. While fighting the Germans in 1940, Roger was knocked unconscious by a shell explosion – he was then incorrectly reported to have been killed in action. Upon waking he was delighted to find that he had survived. Though he was somewhat less delighted to find that he was now a Prisoner of War. Thus began a period of incarceration that would last five long years, and which for Roger there seemed no conceivable end in sight.
Vintage Roger is Roger Mortimer at his witty, irreverent best. Exuding the charm and good humour that captured the nation’s hearts in Dear Lupin and Dear Lumpy, this uplifting account tells of Roger’s years in the Coldstream Guards and is followed by a collection of letters he wrote to his good friend Peggy Dunne from May 1940 to late 1944. Steadfastly optimistic and utterly captivating, the letters paint a vivid portrait of life as a POW.
A heart-stopping new psychological thriller from international bestseller, Emily Elgar, inspired by a shocking true-life story
‘Grips to the very last page – a tense, twisted tale‘ T.M. Logan, bestselling author of THE HOLIDAY
‘I was completely hooked’ Heidi Perks, bestselling author of NOW YOU SEE HER
Meg and her daughter Grace are the most beloved family in Ashford, the lynchpin that holds the community together.
So when Meg is found brutally murdered and her daughter missing, the town is rocked by the crime. Not least because Grace has been sick for years – and may only have days to live.
Who would murder a mother who sacrificed everything, and take a teenager away from the medication that could save her life? Everyone is searching for an answer, but sometimes the truth can kill you . . .
Read what everyone is saying about Grace Is Gone:
‘Addictive reading, definitely a page turner’ Goodreads reviewer, five stars
‘A genuine page-turner based on real events, and the twists keep coming . . . Would thoroughly recommend this to anyone who likes a good thriller and most of the important characters are women!! So a definite plus’ NetGalley reviewer, five stars
‘This book was a real hoot . . . There was a lot of joy discovering along the way all the ways the author subverts and flushes out the banality of real life. I was sad when it was over‘ NetGalley reviewer, five stars
This utterly addictive new novel from bestselling author Holly Martin will make you smile until your cheeks hurt, sob tears of pure joy and fall head over heels in love with a totally unforgettable romance…
Isla Rosewood is creating a new life for herself and her sweet nephew Elliot in their cosy, yellow-brick family cottage, brimming with special memories. Living in Sandcastle Bay was never part of Isla’s plan but, after her brother Matthew’s tragic accident, her whole world changed as she unexpectedly became a mother to the little boy she adores so much.
Leo Jackson was always known as Matthew’s fun-loving and wild best friend. But now Matthew is gone, it’s time to put his colourful past behind him. His role as Elliot’s godfather is the most important thing to him. And even though Leo and Isla are two very different people, they both want to give Elliot the childhood he deserves.
As the three of them enjoy time together watching fireworks, baking cakes and collecting conkers, Isla begins to see a softer side to charming Leo, with his twinkling eyes and mischievous sense of humour. And, despite herself, she begins to fall for him.
But does Leo feel the same way? Isla knows their situation is complicated but is it too complicated for true love… or will the year end with a happy new beginning for them all?
A glorious, feel-good romance that will make you want to snuggle up under a warm blanket with a hot chocolate and the one you love. If you enjoy reading Sarah Morgan, Jenny Oliver and Lucy Diamond this book is for you.
What readers are saying about Coming Home to Maple Cottage:
‘LOVED, LOVED, LOVED this book!… This book was so engaging with characters I absolutely loved… I was truly disappointed to discover that I was near to the end… An absolutely magical book.’ Best Crime Books and More, 5 stars
‘A fabulous book… If you’re looking for a book that will make your heart beat faster… this is it! If you want a book where you can lose yourself for a couple of days… this is it!… I honestly don’t know what else to say about this book apart from “read it now”!! Highly recommended without any hesitation!! 5++++++ stars!‘ Stardust Book Reviews, 5 stars
‘Simply brilliant and just couldn’t put it down at all… Every page brought a new twist and turn and you wanted to keep reading to see what happened… It’s full of heartbreak and romance and laughter… worth far more than five stars and can’t recommend it enough.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
‘5 stars. Such a gorgeous story… will have you smiling, laughing and crying, so prepare for an emotional ride. A lovely Christmassy read for this holiday season!… I can’t get enough.‘ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
‘A glorious and uplifting read that leaves you feeling as if you’ve been wrapped up in a big warm hug. I smiled from start to finish.’ Stacy is Reading
‘This is the book that I have been waiting for… I found myself welling up with tears towards the end… I was enchanted by this book from the moment I started reading it… one fabulous story… A beautifully told story that I really wish didn’t end…’ Rachel’s Random Reads, 5 stars
Who do you turn to, when everyone’s a stranger and you stop believing what your own eyes see?
Finnie Doyle and Paddy Lamb are leaving city life in Edinburgh behind them and moving to the little town of Simmerton. Paddy has landed a partnership in a local solicitors and Finnie’s snagged a job as a church deacon. Their rented cottage is quaint; their new colleagues are charming, and they can’t believe their luck.
But witnessing the bloody aftermath of a brutal murder changes everything. They’ve each been keeping secrets about their pasts. And they both know their precious new start won’t survive a scandal. Together, for the best of reasons, they make the worst decision of their lives.
And that’s only the beginning. The deep, deep valley where Simmerton sits is unlike anywhere Finn and Paddy have been before. They are not the only ones hiding in its shadow and very soon they’ve lost control of the game they decided to play…
Praise for Catriona McPherson:
‘An unnerving and suspenseful novel‘ Karin Slaughter
‘Just the right mixture of spookiness and mystery‘ James Oswald
‘A gripping thriller‘ Ian Rankin
‘A Gothic feast of a novel, this is a country house book with a difference: contemporary, punchy and disturbing, but using the tricks and twists of the best of Christie‘ Ann Cleeves
‘Go To My Grave is both a classic ‘country house mystery’ and a thriller. Atmospheric, with mind-bending twists, a narrator who may or may not be reliable, and an ending that will take your breath away and leave you astonished’ Louise Penny
‘ . . . drew me in from the very first page, and I stayed up late reading it because I couldn’t wait to find out what happened next. That’s the definition of a good book’ Charlaine Harris, #1 New York Times bestselling author
‘A tale that shivers with suspense‘ The New York Times
‘To die for’ SUZANNE BROCKMANN
‘Frighteningly addictive’ PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
‘Delicious, erotic, and thrilling’ NICOLE JORDAN
As a trainee in the Black Dagger Brotherhood’s program, Boone has triumphed as a soldier and now fights side by side with the Brothers. Following his sire’s unexpected death, he is taken off rotation against his protests-and he finds himself working with Butch O’Neal, former homicide cop, to catch a serial killer: Someone is targeting females of the species at a live action role play club. When the Brotherhood is called in to help, Boone insists on being a part of the effort-and the last thing he expects is to meet an enticing, mysterious female . . . who changes his life forever.
Ever since her sister was murdered at the club, Helaine has been committed to finding the killer, no matter the danger she faces. When she crosses paths with Boone, she doesn’t know whether to trust him or not-and then she has no choice. As she herself becomes a target, and someone close to the Brotherhood is identified as the prime suspect, the two must work to together to solve the mystery…before it’s too late. Will a madman come between the lovers or will true love and goodness triumph over a very mortal evil?
Find out why readers are OBSESSED with the Black Dagger Brotherhood…
‘Intriguing, adrenaline-pumping’ BOOKLIST
‘Insanely good! . . . Intensely romantic and straight up flipping steamy, violent and gruesome, heartbreaking and deep. Her addictive writing tells a story like none other’ Goodreads reviewer
‘I can’t get enough of these sexy, tough, intriguing vampires’ Amazon reviewer
‘Emotional by epic proportions’ Kobo reviewer
‘The Black Dagger Brotherhood is a twisting, often surprising, but always awesome read’ Amazon reviewer
‘The story had me captivated the whole way‘ Kobo reviewer
‘Each and every character is compelling’ Amazon reviewer
‘A must read’ Goodreads reviewer
‘I loved it . . . There’s nothing out there like All The Lonely People – it’s uniquely brilliant, bold and not afraid to shout about what’s wrong with the world, while still showing how subtle changes and hope can save lives. Original, shocking, eye-opening and thoroughly enjoyable’ Simon P Clark, author of Eren
Everyone tells Kat that her online personality – confident, funny, opinionated – isn’t her true self. Kat knows otherwise. The internet is her only way to cope with a bad day, chat with friends who get all her references, make someone laugh. But when she becomes the target of an alt-right trolling campaign, she feels she has no option but to Escape, Delete, Disappear.
With her social media shut down, her website erased, her entire online identity void, Kat feels she has cut away her very core: without her virtual self, who is she?
She brought it on herself. Or so Wesley keeps telling himself as he dismantles Kat’s world. It’s different, seeing one of his victims in real life and not inside a computer screen – but he’s in too far to back out now.
As soon as Kat disappears from the online world, her physical body begins to fade and while everybody else forgets that she exists, Wesley realises he is the only one left who remembers her. Overcome by remorse for what he has done, Wesley resolves to stop her disappearing completely. It might just be the only way to save himself.
All the Lonely People is a timely story about online culture – both good and bad – that explores the experience of loneliness in a connected world, and the power of kindness and empathy over hatred.
There’s a stranger in the house . . .
But what if the stranger is your husband?
‘Kept us utterly spooked and utterly hooked’ HEAT
‘Claustrophobic and compelling’ GOOD HOUSEKEEPING
‘Unputdownable’ LAURA MARSHALL
‘A vivid portrait of buried tensions’ DAILY MAIL
‘An intense tale of deceit, treachery and loss’ THE SUN
‘Scary, pacy and compelling’ CLAIRE DOUGLAS
‘Creepy and atmospheric’ AMANDA JENNINGS
For Sarah and Patrick, life has always been easy. Then they move to Patrick’s childhood home and everything changes.
Fifteen years ago, another family was murdered there. Patrick says they can make it perfect again, but their children are plagued by nightmares and Sarah swears someone is watching the house.
Worse still, the longer they live in their ‘dream’ home, the more different her loving husband becomes . . .
A chilling psychological thriller about dark family dysfunction and the secrets that haunt us, The Woman in the Dark will captivate fans of Shari Lapena, Louise Candlish and THE INNOCENT WIFE by Amy Lloyd.
What readers are saying about THE WOMAN IN THE DARK:
‘I can honestly say that this book will be next years must read psychological thriller of 2019‘
‘A deeply disturbing psychological thriller which always stays on the right side of horror’
‘What a cracker of a book. Unputdownable and well written‘
‘I loved this book and stayed up half the night to finish it‘
‘A real page-turner . . . I thoroughly enjoyed it’
‘A dark and many layered book. Hooked from the very first page‘
Brilliant . . . a fantastic ending with a twist that I did not see coming
‘Revelatory and accessible’ Sunday Post
‘Be good to yourself . . . [Younger for Longer] features wisdom on nutrition, sleep, mood regulation and, most importantly, hormonal health for men and women.’
‘Younger for Longer tells you exactly what you need in order to live an extended healthy life. It’s very 80/20 and one of the best books I’ve read in ages.’
Richard Koch, author of million-seller The 80/20 Principle
The goal of this book is to show readers how to live a healthy life free from the debilitations of ageing, helping them to stay mentally alert and physically active, and making sure they get the most out of all of their years.
That means aiming for optimal health. However, focusing on one factor alone will not get them there. Our sleep, our mood, what we eat, our detoxification system and our hormones are just some of the factors that interact in amazing ways to make us who we are; they are also at the very heart of the aging process.
This book shows how these different strands combine in ways that can be positive or negative – and explains why this interaction depends far more on the lifestyle we choose than on the genes we inherit. In that way it gives the reader a unique and comprehensive understanding of their body and tells them how, with this knowledge, they can maximize their health.
The topics range from nutrition, toxins, men’s health and women’s health to understanding why our skin, brain and liver age – and how to undo the damage and stave off ageing. But the book’s main focus underlying all of this is hormones: the chemicals that tell different parts of our body what to do. Our hormone levels vary throughout our life, but if they are supported correctly they can keep us youthful and vital into our final years.
Finding health, then, is not about seven ways to detox or the five best vitamins. The body is far more complex than that and, in an approach aimed specifically at the layperson, Younger for Longer traces the exciting path of how the body works to help the reader create the best person they can be for the rest of their life.
1619 offers a new interpretation of the significance of Jamestown in the long trajectory of American history. Jamestown, the cradle of American democracy, also saw the birth of our nation’s greatest challenge: the corrosive legacy of slavery and racism that have deepened and entrenched stark inequalities in our society.
After running Jamestown under martial law from 1610-1616, the Virginia Company turned toward representative government in an effort to provide settlers with more control over their own affairs and more incentive to invest further in the colony. Governor Edwin Sandys dreamed of creating a real commonwealth, to provide for the interests of settlers and Indians alike. Thus, in late July 1619, the newly-formed General Assembly gathered to introduce “just Laws for the happy guiding and governing of the people.” It was the first legislature in America, and history has cast it as the foundation of American freedom and democracy. From that moment on, propertied white colonists became accustomed to freedoms that would have been unthinkable in England with its layers of customs and hierarchy of courts and regulations, and these expanding political and economic freedoms attracted countless British immigrants and other Europeans to Virginia and the American colonies.
But those very freedoms also permitted the wholesale and largely unchecked exploitation of poor white laborers and non-European peoples. More than nine-tenths of all those arriving in Virginia at this time were brought in some form of servitude or labor contract. In a cruel irony, 1619 also saw the arrival of the first African slaves in Virginia. The establishment of the General Assembly did nothing to ameliorate these disparities, but rather put ever more power in the hands of local grandees. Sandys’s dream of creating a commonwealth in the interests of settlers and Indians proved short-lived. But the twin pillars of democracy-the rule of law and representative government based on the consent of the people-survived and flourished. It was his greatest legacy to America. What was lost was his steadfast conviction that serving the common good served all.
This is a pattern we recognize all too well in modern American society-opportunities are not shared, inequality is rampant, racism is systemic. We would like to think these are problems that can be solved by expanding representative democracy; Jamestown teaches us, instead, that these are problems have long been created and encouraged by American democracy. Casting a skeptical eye on deeply-cherished myths, 1619 will be essential reading for anyone struggling to understand the paradox of American freedom.
Cold. Ruthless. Deadly. The myth of Lady Macbeth looms large. But behind the villainous portrait stands a real woman. This is her story . . .
Scotland, 1020 AD. King Malcolm II lies on his deathbed, and the most powerful families make a violent claim for the Scottish throne . . .
On the eve of her sixteenth birthday, a flushed and nervous Cora MacDuff waits to marry her sweetheart, Macbeth. But her dreams are stolen from her, and the night she was hoping for turns into a brutal slaughter.
In order to reclaim the life she was promised, Cora must learn to use every weapon at her disposal – even those she loves . . .
The beginning of a brand new Historical fiction series by the bestselling author of the Queens of Conquest series, her new trilogy unearths the real women behind Shakespeare’s most infamous queens . . . If you love Elizabeth Chadwick and Anne O’Brien you will adore Joanna Courtney
What readers are saying about Joanna Courtney:
‘I was hooked from the very first page and didn’t want to put it down. Joanna Courtney is a new talent in the world of historical fiction and one that I would highly recommend. I look forward to reading more by this fantastic author’ Bookbabblers
‘A strong sense of atmosphere and place and time. I really got into the story, in fact I was so gripped by it at one point that I missed my bus. It was a really good, exciting, read. I cannot wait to read the next two books.’ Michelle Birkby, author of The House at Baker Street
‘Amazing’ (Miranda Dickinson)
‘A glorious, rich, epic story of love, friendship and sacrifice which will sweep you up and transport you to another time. I absolutely loved this and can’t wait for the next book in the series’ (Rachael Lucas, author of Sealed With A Kiss and Coming Up Roses)
‘An absorbing and emotional debut novel’ (Candis magazine)
‘A thrilling and atmospheric read with strong female characters’ (MyWeekly)
‘A beautifully written multi layered tale with a tremendously authentic sense of place and time . . . an epic feel . . . highly recommended’ (LizLovesBooks)
‘The story reaches a heart-rending climax. A must read. I loved it’ (Freda Lightfoot, author of The Amber Keeper)
‘With lovely writing and a terrific sense of narrative drive, Joanna Courtney portrays an era of change through a story about a long forgotten Queen. In The Chosen Queen, Edyth is a heroine who inhabits a convincingly re-created historical world, peopled with personalities whose lives leap from the page. Superb! (Carol McGrath, author of The Daughters of Hastings trilogy)
An outstanding opening to this new series set to rival historical fiction heavyweights like Philippa Gregory and Susanna Dunn (Lisareadsbooks)
A very personal look at Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran. Cindy Wockner was a journalist reporting the story of two surly drug smugglers. She was there from the beginning and would become a good friend of the two changed men.
At 12.35 a.m. on 29 April 2015, Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran were led out in front of a firing squad. Strapped to wooden crosses, they looked straight down the barrels of their killers’ rifles. On that day, the Indonesian government did not execute two drug smugglers, they executed a pastor and a painter.
But who were Andrew and Myuran?
In 2005, the lure of drugs, money, fast cars and a better life led them and seven other Australians into a smuggling plot to import heroin from Indonesia to Australia. Unbeknownst to them all, the Australian Federal Police knew of their plan and tipped off the Indonesian authorities. Charged with drug trafficking, Myuran and Andrew were found guilty and sentenced to death. Andrew was 21 years old. Myuran was 24.
At the time, Cindy Wockner was the Indonesia correspondent for News Limited: for a decade she covered their story and she got to know Myuran, Andrew and their families. They let her into their lives and she watched them transform from angry, defiant young inmates into fully rehabilitated, good men.
This is the intimate, and untold, story of Andrew and Myuran. It details their redemption inside Kerobokan prison and their passion for helping others – through Andrew’s growing commitment to his faith and Myu’s burgeoning artistic talent. It reveals the boys they were and the men they became, in a potent cautionary tale and a poignant reminder of what we all lose when we ignore the power of mercy.
‘gripping’ DAILY TELEGRAPH on Cindy Wockner and Madonna King’s BALI 9
‘Luminous’ SEBASTIAN BARRY
‘Incandescent characters and mellifluous prose’ LISA CAREY
‘Reminiscent of Edith Wharton at her very best’ LIZ NUGENT
The true story of a woman ahead of her time . . .
In 1887, Isabel Bilton is the eldest of three daughters of a middle-class military family, growing up in a small garrison town. By 1891 she is the Countess of Clancarty, dubbed “the peasant countess” by the press, and a member of the Irish aristocracy. Becoming Belle is the story of the four years in between, of Belle’s rapid ascent and the people that tried to tear her down.
Reimagined by a novelist at the height of her powers, Belle is an unforgettable woman. Set against an absorbing portrait of Victorian London, hers is a timeless rags-to-riches story a la Becky Sharpe.
Praise for BECOMING BELLE
‘Nuala O’Connor has the thrilling ability to step back nimbly and enter the deep dance of time. This is a hidden history laid luminously before us of an exultant Anglo-Irish woman navigating the dark shoals and the bright fields of a life’ SEBASTIAN BARRY, award-winning author of The Secret Scripture and Days Without End
‘Becoming Belle is so mesmerizing you will be distraught when it ends.O’Connor has resurrected a fiery, inexorable woman who rewrites the script on a stage supposedly ruled by men. Sensual, witty, daring, and unapologetically forward.‘ Lisa Carey, author of The Stolen Child
‘Belle’s determination to live her life on her own terms and in defiance of her times makes her a fascinating subject‘ Irish Central
‘Masterful storytelling! I was putty in Nuala O’Connor’s hands. She made the unsinkable Belle Bilton and her down-to-earth sister Flo real to me, and brought 1880’s London to my living room. Encore! Encore!’ Lynn Cullen, bestselling author of Mrs. Poe
‘A glorious novel in which Belle Bilton and 19th century London are brought roaring to life with exquisite period detail’ Hazel Gaynor, New York Times bestselling author of A Memory of Violets
‘Thoroughly engrossing and entertaining read’ Liz Nugent
‘Thrillingly dramatic and achingly moving and profoundly resonant into this present era’ Robert Olen Butler, author of A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain
‘O’Connor gently unfolds Belle’s tale in a manner that is compelling and disarming. The ambience may be Victorian elegance but the sheer honesty of O’Connor’s writing is sensual, authentic and earthy. A delight!’ Rose Servitova, author of The Longbourn Letters
‘Absolutely brilliant …impossible to put this book down! … A must read’ The Quiet Knitter
If the Night Stalker is watching, you’re already dead…
In the dead of a swelteringly hot summer’s night, Detective Erika Foster is called to a murder scene. The victim, a doctor, is found suffocated in bed. His wrists are bound and his eyes bulging through a clear plastic bag tied tight over his head.
A few days later, another victim is found dead, in exactly the same circumstances. As Erika and her team start digging deeper, they discover a calculated serial killer – stalking their victims before choosing the right moment to strike.
The victims are all single men, with very private lives. Why are their pasts shrouded in secrecy? And what links them to the killer?
As a heat wave descends upon London, Erika will do everything to stop the Night Stalker before the body count rises, even if it means risking her job. But the victims might not be the only ones being watched… Erika’s own life could be on the line.
The global bestselling author of The Girl in the Ice is back with a heart-racing, electrifying thriller. If you love Angela Marsons, Rachel Abbott and Peter James, you’ll be hooked on Robert Bryndza.
Read what people are saying about The Night Stalker
‘The Night Stalker is dark, fast-paced and shot through with wit and psychological insight. I couldn’t put it down.’ Mark Edwards
‘Erika is fast becoming one of my favourite detectives…I absolutely loved this heart-pounding, fast-paced, chilling crime thriller.‘ The Book Review Café
‘Just when I thought it couldn’t get any better…From the first page, we’re sucked in with tension that had me holding my breath.‘ The Suspense is Thrilling Me
‘A truly brilliant crime series…The Night Stalker made me feel like I had been swept up in a whirlwind and had me clinging on for dear life, only letting me go right at the very end.‘ By The Letter Book Reviews
‘Intense, suspenseful, and clever??…a gripping page turner that is disturbingly real, and I highly recommend it.’ What’s Better Than Books?
‘A truly fantastic and exciting serial killer chiller!‘ Booklover Catlady
‘The Night Stalker is a very gripping, engaging read full of nail-biting tension. Once I started reading it, I couldn’t stop!…an amazing work of fiction no reader of the crime genre should miss.’ Relax and Read Reviews
‘I think any fans of a good police procedural will become completely engaged in this series featuring a gritty and determined strong female lead.‘ Carrie’s Book Reviews
‘This book grabbed me by the throat and didn’t let go till I got to the end.’ Sincerely Book Angels
The Night Stalker now a Wall Street Journal #1 best seller
Our brains evolved to solve the survival problems of our Stone Age ancestors, so when faced with modern day situations that are less extreme, they often encounter a mismatch. Our primitive brains put us on the wrong foot by responding to stimuli that – in prehistoric times – would have prompted behaviour that was beneficial. If you’ve ever felt an anxious fight or flight response to a presenting at a board meeting, equivalent to facing imminent death by sabre-toothed tiger, then you have experienced a mismatch.
Mismatch is about the clash between our biology and our culture. It is about the dramatic contrast between the first few million years of human history – when humans lived as hunters and gatherers in small-scale societies – and the past twelve thousand years following the agricultural revolution which have led us to comfortable lives in a very different social structure. Has this rapid transition been good for us? How do we, using our primitive minds, try to survive in a modern information society that radically changes every ten years or so?
Ronald Giphart and Mark van Vugt show that humans have changed their environment so drastically that the chances for mismatch have significantly increased, and these conflicts can have profound consequences.
Reviewed through mismatch glasses, social, societal, and technological trends can be better understood, ranging from the popularity of Facebook and internet porn, to the desire for cosmetic surgery, to our attitudes towards refugees.
Mismatches can also affect our physical and psychological well-being, in terms of our attitudes to happiness, physical exercise, choosing good leaders, or finding ways to feel better at home or work.
Finally, Mismatch gives us an insight into politics and policy which could enable governments, institutions and businesses to create an environment better suited to human nature, its potential and its constraints.
This book is about converting mismatches into matches. The better your life is matched to how your mind operates, the greater your chances of leading a happy, healthy and productive life.