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By Mark Millar This body


swapping comic book tale from Scotland’s very own Mark Millar might not be as famous as his ‘Kick Ass’ and


‘Civil War’ efforts, but it’s a great read all the same. Millar scripts the story of a young man practically immobile through multiple sclerosis who suddenly gains super-powers. True, it’s a familiar tale but there’s enough heart and quirkiness in here to make it an essential read for fans of the genre.


FOR FUKUI’S SAKE; TWO YEARS IN RURAL


JAPAN By Sam Baldwin


Disgruntled with life in the UK, Sam Baldwin decides to seek out a new career overseas. He heads for Japan. While images of tower blocks, taxis and technology might spring to your mind, Sam had other ideas. He ended up teaching English in one of the country’s most remote regions. This is a quirky autobiographical account of an area so remote and far removed from life, both here and indeed Tokyo itself, you’ll scarcely believe the place even exists.


MUD, SWEAT AND GEARS: CYCLING FROM LAND’S END TO JOHN O’GROATS


THE END: HITLER’S GERMANY


1944-45 By Ian Kershaw


By Ellie Bennett Travel books which take you from one end of the UK to the other are not exactly hard to come by. Plenty of writers have


made their careers out of off kilter guides to these wet and windy isles. This book by Ellie Bennett is a little different though. It involves a midlife crisis, plenty of pints and a stunning cycle route from the South to the North. Well worth a read for travel and bike enthusiasts.


REUTERS: OUR WORLD NOW By Various


Last year was quite something wasn’t it? The Arab Spring, the English riots, the Japanese Tsunami, the Royal Wedding, the Greek economic


crisis and the death of Kim Jong-il all played a massive part in how we’ll remember 2011. With this in mind, the 5th instalment of Reuters ‘Our World’ series is essential reading. Crammed with amazing images and analysis it perfectly recaps the events, good and bad, which shaped last year.


Ian Kershaw is quite rightly regarded as the world’s foremost expert on Nazi Germany. Now out on paperback, this book recounts the final months of Hitler’s rule.


With America and Britain pushing in from the East and the Russians from the West everything looked lost for Hitler. Yet still the German’s fought on, leading to some of the most brutal encounters of the war. Kershaw examines why they did this and looks at some of the remarkable methods the Nazi’s utilised to keep up morale and hinder the Allied advance.


THE FOOD


OF SPAIN By Claudia Roden This is truly mouth watering stuff from


Roden. At over 500 pages it


gives us a comprehensive look at the various delicacies, recipes and ingredients from every corner of Spain. Rustic peasant dishes are brought to life with ease alongside more delicate desserts and cakes. It’s an inspiring read for everyone who loves good food, travel and good times.


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