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Henry Nicholls' new book is a memoir of narcolepsy and a fascinating exploration of sleep disorders. Read the prefact

Sam Wilkin's examination of the laws of political chaos is out today: read an extract here

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08 Mar 2018

For International Women's Day 2018, Profilers read live on Instagram from Mary Beard's Women & Power. Watch them!

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Founder of The Velominati & co-author of The Hardmen Frank Strack tells us about some of the toughest cyclists of all time.

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Professor Jim Al-Khalili OBE is a physicist, author and broadcaster, and host of Radio 4's The Life Scientific. In What's Next? he brings together the writings of eighteen top scientists and experts who explore what's in store for the human race. Entertaining, informative and filled with groundbreaking science, What's Next? is your guide to what the future holds.
Can swearing be beneficial to our health and wellbeing? Dr. Emma Byrne is backing evidence that it is, in her new book Swearing is Good for You. This is a spirited and hilarious defence of our most cherished dirty words backed by cutting-edge research. Swearing, it turns out, is an incredibly useful part of our linguistic repertoire. Not only has some form of swearing existed since the earliest humans began to communicate, but it has been shown to reduce physical pain, help stroke victims recover their language, and encourage people to work together as a team. From chimpanzees creating their own curse words to a man who lost half his brain experiencing a new-found compulsion to swear, Dr Byrne outlines the fascinating science behind swearing. Uncover how it affects us both physically and emotionally, and how it is more beneficial than we are led to believe.
Join Tony Juniper for a talk and Q&A to celebrate the publication of his latest book, RAINFOREST.