books for the music lover in your life

This is Your Brain on Music

Understanding a Human Obsession

Daniel Levitin

  • Imprint: Penguin
  • Published: 04/07/2019
  • ISBN: 9780241987353
  • Length: 336  Pages
  • Dimensions: 198mm x 20mm x 129mm
  • Weight: 234g
  • RRP: £9.99

From the author of The Changing Mind and The Organized Mind comes The New York Times bestseller which unravels the mystery of our perennial love affair with music

*****

‘What do the music of Bach, Depeche Mode and John Cage fundamentally have in common?’

Music is an obsession at the heart of human nature, even more fundamental to our species than language.

From Mozart to the Beatles, neuroscientist, psychologist and internationally-bestselling author Daniel Levitin reveals the role of music in human evolution, shows how our musical preferences begin to form even before we are born and explains why music can offer such an emotional experience.

In This Is Your Brain On Music Levitin offers nothing less than a new way to understand music, and what it can teach us about ourselves.

*****

‘Music seems to have an almost wilful, evasive quality, defying simple explanation, so that the more we find out, the more there is to know . . . Daniel Levitin’s book is an eloquent and poetic exploration of this paradox’ Sting

‘You’ll never hear music in the same way again’ Classic FM magazine

‘Music, Levitin argues, is not a decadent modern diversion but something of fundamental importance to the history of human development’ Literary Review

Freedom

Margaret Atwood

  • Imprint: Vintage Classics
  • Published: 05/04/2018
  • ISBN: 9781784874117
  • Length: 144  Pages
  • Dimensions: 178mm x 9mm x 110mm
  • Weight: 81g
  • RRP: £3.50

Can we ever be wholly free?

In this book of breathtaking imaginary leaps that conjure dystopias and magical islands, Margaret Atwood holds a mirror up to our own world. The reflection we are faced with, of men and women in prisons literal and metaphorical, is frightening, but it is also a call to arms to speak and to act to preserve our freedom while we still can. And in that, there is hope.

Selected from The Handmaid’s Tale and Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood.

VINTAGE MINIS: GREAT MINDS. BIG IDEAS. LITTLE BOOKS.

A series of short books by the world’s greatest writers on the experiences that make us human

Margaret Atwood is the author of more than fifty books of fiction, poetry and critical essays. Her novels include Cat's Eye, The Robber Bride, Alias Grace, The Blind Assassin and the MaddAddam trilogy. Her 1985 classic, The Handmaid's Tale, went back into the bestseller charts with the election of Donald Trump, when the Handmaids became a symbol of resistance against the disempowerment of women, and with the 2017 release of the award-winning Channel 4 TV series. Its sequel, The Testaments, was published in 2019 and was a global number one bestseller and won the Booker Prize. Atwood has won numerous awards including the Arthur C. Clarke Award for Imagination in Service to Society, the Franz Kafka Prize, the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade, the PEN USA Lifetime Achievement Award and the Dayton Literary Peace Prize. In 2019 she was made a member of the Order of the Companions of Honour for services to literature. She has also worked as a cartoonist, illustrator, librettist, playwright and puppeteer. She lives in Toronto, Canada.