Non-Fiction Bestsellers – Thinking Big



Three of our bestselling non-fiction books paperback – focusing on big ideas and global issues.

  • Rebel Ideas by Matthew Syed
  • Brief Answers to the Big Questions by Stephen Hawking
  • Prisoners of Geography by Tim Marshall

This book bundle comes beautifully wrapped at no additional charge. Unless you specify otherwise on purchase, all three books will be wrapped as one package in Christmas-themed paper.


Rebel Ideas by Matthew Syed

Where do the best ideas come from? And how do we apply these ideas to the problems we face – at work, in the education of our children, and in the biggest shared challenges of our age: rising obesity, terrorism and climate change? In this bold and inspiring new book, Matthew Syed – the bestselling author of Bounce and Black Box Thinking – argues that individual intelligence is no longer enough; that the only way to tackle these complex problems is to harness the power of our ‘cognitive diversity’.

Rebel Ideas is a fascinating journey through the science of team performance. It draws on psychology, economics, anthropology and genetics, and takes lessons from a dazzling range of case-studies, including the catastrophic intelligence failings of the CIA before 9/11, a communication breakdown at the top of Mount Everest, and a moving tale of deradicalization in America’s deep South.

‘Entertainingly weaves together stories from business and politics to argue persuasively that cognitive diversity boosts collective intelligence.’  The Times

Brief Answers to the Big Questions by Stephen Hawking

As we face potentially catastrophic changes here on Earth – from climate change to dwindling natural resources to the threat of artificial super-intelligence – Stephen Hawking turns his attention to the most urgent issues for humankind. Wide-ranging, intellectually stimulating, passionately argued, and infused with his characteristic humour, Brief Answers to the Big Questions, the final book from one of the greatest minds in history, is a personal view on the challenges we face as a human race, and where we, as a planet, are heading next. A percentage of all royalties will go to charity.

‘A beautiful little book by a brilliant mind.’ Daily Telegraph. ‘Effortlessly instructive, absorbing, up to the minute and – where it matters – witty.’  Guardian.

Prisoners of Geography by Tim Marshall

Ten Maps That Tell You Everything You Need to Know About Global Politics. All leaders are constrained by geography. Their choices are limited by mountains, rivers, seas and concrete. Yes, to understand world events you need to understand people, ideas and movements…but if you don’t know geography, you’ll never have the full picture. Spread over ten chapters (covering Russia; China; the USA; Latin America; the Middle East; Africa; India and Pakistan; Europe; Japan and Korea; and Greenland and the Arctic), using maps, essays and occasionally the personal experiences of the widely travelled author, Prisoners of Geography looks at the past, present and future to offer an essential guide to one of the major determining factors in world history.

I can’t think of another book that explains the world situation so well.’  Nicholas Lezard, The Evening Standard.

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