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Books & Articles to Read in July

Long and short-reads to pass the month of July. From Rebecca Solnit's masterful and influential treatise on activism Hope in the Dark to a brilliant interview with Syrian architect Marwa al-Sabouni (author of The Battle for Home), there's something in there for everyone. Including a couple of takes on the implications of Brexit on the Northern Irish peace process and London's place in the world. 

Hope in the Dark

When the first edition of Hope in the Dark was published in mid-2004 it gained an instant cult audience. Many readers were so inspired by Solnit's book that they bought multiple copies to give to friends. This new, significantly expanded edition covers, among other things, the political territory of America and the world after George Bush's re-election. Acclaimed author Rebecca Solnit draws on her life as a writer and activist, on the events of our moment, on our deepest past, to argue for hopehope even in the dark. Solnit reminds us of how changed the world has been by the activism of the past five decades. Offering a dazzling account of some of the least expected of those changes, she proposes a vision of cause-and-effect relations that provides new grounds for political engagement in the present. Counting historic victoriesfrom the fall of the Berlin wall to the Zapatista uprising to Seattle in 1999 to the worldwide marches against war in Iraq to Cancun in September 2003she traces the rise of a sophisticated, supple, nonviolent new movement that unites all the diverse and fragmentary issues of the eighties and nineties in our new century.

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The First Bad Man

This is The International Bestseller. A Guardian literary highlight for 2015. A Huffington Post 'One to Watch' in 2015. "Astounding." (Lena Dunham, creator of Girls and author of Not That Kind of Girl). "The First Bad Man brings together all of July's talents - it's a book that must be read, a book that must be purchased - in duplicate - one for you, one for a friend. Don't think you can loan this book - you'll never get it back." (A M HOMES, author of This Book Will Save Your Life and May We Be Forgiven). The first novel by the filmmaker, artist and bestselling author Miranda July confirms her as a spectacularly original, iconic, and important voice today, and a writer for all time. The First Bad Man is dazzling and unforgettable.

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Blood on Snow

Olav lives the lonely life of a fixer. When you 'fix' people for a living - terminally - it's hard to get close to anyone. Now he's finally met the woman of his dreams. But there are two problems. She's his boss' wife. And Olav's just been hired to kill her. From the bestselling author of BAFTA-nominated Headhunters, comes Jo Nesbo's Blood on Snow.

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British-Lebanese author and media entrepreneur. My writing has appeared in The Guardian, GQ and Brownbook amongst other places. Author of Our Man in Beirut (2012) and currently working on a ... Show More