Booklover’s Guide: Discover our Bestselling Titles

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In our hand-picked collection, you will find bestsellers that cover a wide range of books that we are sure you’ll love! Choose from some of these popular titles that topped the list on New York Times, Amazon and The Sunday Times..

  • Your Heart Is a Muscle the Size of a Fist by Sunil Yapa  

Named Most Anticipated Book of the Year in Wall Street Journal, Entertainment Weekly, TIME, Huffington Post, The Chicago Tribune, BuzzFeed, Houston Chronicle, San Francisco Chronicle, Orlando Sentinel, Ploughshares, Bustle, TheMillions, BookRiot, The Oregonian, The San Diego Union-Tribune, River City Reading, Indigo

The Flamethrowers meets Let the Great World Spin in this electrifying debut novel set amid the heated conflict of Seattle’s 1999 WTO protests.

On a rainy, cold day in November, young Victor–a nomadic, scrappy teenager who’s run away from home–sets out to join the throng of WTO demonstrators determined to shut down the city. With the proceeds, he plans to buy a plane ticket and leave Seattle forever, but it quickly becomes clear that the history-making 50,000 anti-globalization protestors–from anarchists to environmentalists to teamsters–are testing the patience of the police, and what started out as a peaceful protest is threatening to erupt into violence.

“Yapa’s melding of fact and fiction, human frailty and geopolitics, is a genuine tour-de-force, and an exciting literary debut.” -Seattle Times

Over the course of one life-altering afternoon, the fates of seven people will change forever: foremost among them police Chief Bishop, the estranged father Victor hasn’t seen in three years, two protesters struggling to stay true to their non-violent principles as the day descends into chaos, two police officers in the street, and the coolly elegant financial minister from Sri Lanka whose life, as well as his country’s fate, hinges on getting through the angry crowd, out of jail, and to his meeting with the President of the United States. When Chief Bishop reluctantly unleashes tear gas on the unsuspecting crowd, it seems his hopes for reconciliation with his son, as well as the future of his city, are in serious peril.


In this raw and breathtaking novel, Yapa marries a deep rage with a deep humanity. In doing so he casts an unflinching eye on the nature and limits of compassion, and the heartbreaking difference between what is right and what is possible.

“Your Heart is a Muscle the Size of a Fist is visceral, horrifying, and often heroic. But above all, this book is a full-throated chorus of voices on all sides–protestors, cops, delegates, politicians, and ramblers–as democracy runs headlong into the machinery of global power. Sunil Yapa has achieved something special, a story that is as tragic as it is relevant, as unflinching as it is humane.”
Smith Henderson, author of Fourth of July Creek

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Originals by Adam Grant  

  • The New York Times bestselling author of Give and Take examines how people can champion new ideas—and how leaders can encourage originality in their organizations

With Give and Take, Adam Grant not only introduced a landmark new paradigm for success but also established himself as one of his generation’s most compelling and provocative thought leaders. InOriginals he again addresses the challenge of improving the world, but now from the perspective of becoming original: choosing to champion novel ideas and values that go against the grain, battle conformity, and buck outdated traditions. How can we originate new ideas, policies, and practices without risking it all?

Using surprising studies and stories spanning business, politics, sports, and entertainment, Grant explores how to recognize a good idea, speak up without getting silenced, build a coalition of allies, choose the right time to act, and manage fear and doubt; how parents and teachers can nurture originality in children; and how leaders can fight groupthink to build cultures that welcome dissent. Learn from an entrepreneur who pitches his start-ups by highlighting the reasons not to invest, a woman at Apple who challenged Steve Jobs from three levels below, an analyst who overturned the rule of secrecy at the CIA, a billionaire financial wizard who fires employees for failing to criticize him, and a TV executive who didn’t even work in comedy but saved Seinfeld from the cutting-room floor. The payoff is a set of groundbreaking insights about rejecting conformity and improving the status quo.

“This extraordinary, wildly entertaining book sheds new light on the Age of Disruption. What does it take to make a meaningful difference? And how can you apply this insight to your own life? By debunking myths of success stories, challenging long-held beliefs of process, and finding commonality among those who are agents of profound change, Adam Grant gives us a powerful new perspective on not just our place in the world, but our potential to shake it up entirely.”
—JJ Abrams, director of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, co-creator and executive producer of Lost, and cofounder of Bad Robot

“After launching hundreds of businesses—from airlines to trains, music to mobile, and now a spaceline—my biggest challenges and successes have come from convincing other people to see the world differently. Originals reveals how that can be done and will help you inspire creativity and change.”
—Sir Richard Branson, founder of The Virgin Group

Originals is a fascinating, eye-opening read that will help you not just recognize your own unique gifts, but find the strength to challenge conventional wisdom to bring them to life. Using surprising studies and riveting stories, Adam Grant brilliantly shows us how to champion new ideas, bust persistent myths that hold us back and change not only our lives, but our world.”
—Arianna Huffington, cofounder and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post, and author of Thrive

“It can sometimes seem as if one must learn everything old before one can try anything new. Adam Grant does a masterful job showing that is not the case; we are lucky to have him as a guide.”
—Peter Thiel, cofounder of PayPal and Palantir, and author of Zero to One

“An urgent must read, a seminal work that will surprise you on every single page. Adam Grant has reset our expectations for what it means to be creative and what’s required to make a difference. Share it with someone you care about.”
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  • The Martian by Andy Weir 

“The best book I’ve read in ages. Clear your schedule before The Martian book coveryou crack the seal. This story will take your breath away faster than a hull breech.
–Hugh Howey, New York Times bestselling author of Wool


Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars.

Now, he’s sure he’ll be the first person to die there.

After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive.

Chances are, though, he won’t have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain-old “human error” are much more likely to kill him first.

But Mark isn’t ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?


 

Brilliant…a celebration of human ingenuity [and] the purest example of real-science sci-fi for many years…Utterly compelling.”–Wall Street Journal

Terrific stuff, a crackling good read that devotees of space travel will devour like candy…succeeds on several levels and for a variety of reasons, not least of which is its surprising plausibility.”—USA Today  

An impressively geeky debut…the technical details keep the story relentlessly precise and the suspense ramped up. And really, how can anyone not root for a regular dude to prove the U-S-A still has the Right Stuff?”Entertainment Weekly

Gripping…[features] a hero who can solve almost every problem while still being hilarious. It’s hard not to be swept up in [Weir’s] vision and root for every one of these characters. Grade: A.”—AVClub.com 

Andy Weir delivers with The Martian…a story for readers who enjoy thrillers, science fiction, non-fiction, or flat-out adventure [and] an authentic portrayal of the future of space travel.”–Associated Press

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God Help The Child- Toni Morrison’s Latest Novel on Childhood Trauma

Spare and unsparing, God Help the Child—the first novel by Toni Morrison to be set in our current moment—weaves a tale about the way the sufferings of childhood can shape and misshape the life of the adult.


Lula Ann Bridewell, nick-named Bride, becomes the central focus of Toni Morrison’s eleventh book God Help the Child. Bride remains deeply scarred by her childhood experiences of rejection and hurt, especially meted out by her mother Sweetness;  who realizes, although much later on, that “what you do to children matters. And they might never forget.”



“I sold my elegant blackness to all those childhood ghosts and now they pay me for it.”

― Toni Morrison, God Help the Child


God Help the Child is quite confrontational in terms of the message Morrison successfully brings across. The damaging effects of childhood and the obligation to behave in certain ways due to racial prejudices are the eye-opening themes that dominate the story.

“A book to be read twice at a minimum — the first time for the story, and the second time to savor the language, the gems of phrasing and the uncomfortable revelations about the human capacity both to love and destroy.”
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

A much older Bride is described as a stunning woman with blue-black skin who turns heads wherever she goes. Apart from the incredible success she has earned through the years, the reader cannot help but realize that she is but wistfully broken.

This best-selling oeuvre is bound to captivate millions with Morrison’s impressive use of reliable characters and unmasked social issues that form the backbone of this novel. The other characters include Booker, the man Bride loves but loses due to insecurity and vexation; Rain, an aspiring young girl that Bride crosses paths with; and Sweetness, Bride’s mother, a product of a society plagued with racial intolerance and bigotry.


 

“Like a Picasso painting telling a story in a multi-dimensional series of superimposed snapshot as each character becomes ever more rounded and complete.”
Independent on Sunday

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Noughts & Crosses: Malorie Blackman’s Award-winning Series

Malorie Blackman returns yet again, with her stunning success, the NOUGHTS & CROSSES dystopian novel series, labelled “an emotional hard-hitter” by the Sunday Times.

“I used to comfort myself with the belief that it was only certain
individuals and their peculiar notions that spoilt things for the rest of us. But how many individuals does it take before it’s not the individuals who are prejudiced but society itself?”
― Malorie Blackman, Noughts & Crosses

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Sephy Hadley and Callum McGregor could have been your ordinary teenage duo, except for when the perils of social construct ban them from being seen together. Persephone Hadley (Sephy) is a Cross- the social elite and the daughter of the highly esteemed Kamal Hadley, while Callum belongs to the Nought community- often disregarded as inferiors.

There are four books in this award-winning dystopian sequence. Noughts & Crosses explore the lives of Sephy and Callum and the myriad barriers that challenge their friendship due to social construct. Blackman tackles problems of racism and prejudice, the key issues that plague this dystopian realm, which is, in truth, is no different from the world we live in today.

“Because my mum and dad brought me up to believe that people are different but equal. And that I should treat everyone, no matter who, with the same respect I’d like to be shown.”
― Malorie Blackman, Knife Edge

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The plot is fast-paced and is full of subtle indications that relate the absurdity of stereotypes and how people are ingrained into treating people ‘differently’ due to irrational reasons like skin color or race. For example, Blackman has such insight into this problem that she cleverly brings up the fact that little things like plasters/band-aids are made only to suit a certain type of skin color.

“Noughts & Crosses wasn’t so much a book I wanted to write as a book I needed to write. It was born of a number of factors, including- but not limited to- a need to deal with a number of events from my past, a desire to tackle the issue of racism head on..”

— “Malorie Blackman, author

The first books will undoubtedly leave you begging for more. The next three installments of the sequence: Knife Edge, Checkmate and Double Cross is similarly fast-paced and has been called an “emotional roller-coaster” by fans of the series.

Checkmate: Book 3 (Noughts And Crosses)- Malorie Blackman“If you’re naive – which means immature, inexperienced, or a bit thick – you get eaten alive.”
Malorie Blackman, Checkmate

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The series won several awards including the Lancashire Children’s Book of the Year, the Wirral Paperback of the Year Award and was shortlisted for the Staffordshire Young People’s Book of the Year (2006) as well.

Double Cross: Book 4 (Noughts And Crosses)- Malorie Blackman“This is a highly intelligent thriller with important things to say, and once again the distance between Blackman’s imagined world and present-day inner city is beautifully judged. It deserves, and will find, a wide teenage readership” –The School Librarian

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All four books in this sequence are critically-acclaimed best-sellers with rave reviews found everywhere. The Young Sunday Herald named this sequence as one “packed with action, thrills and truth… every single page will have (the readers) on the edge of (their) seats. A great read.”

Malorie Blackman, the author of the sequence is a globally celebrated writer who never fails to amaze her readers with convincing and original works of fiction.

 

5 Laugh Out Loud Books to Read With Your Kids!

  1. The Book With No Pictures by B. J Novak

A #1 New York Times bestseller, this innovative and wildly funny read-The Book with No Pictures by B.J. Novakaloud by award-winning humorist/actor B.J. Novak will turn any reader into a comedian.
You might think a book with no pictures seems boring and serious. Except . . . here’s how books work. Everything written on the page has to be said by the person reading it aloud. Even if the words say . . .

BLORK. Or BLUURF.

Even if the words are a preposterous song about eating ants for breakfast, or just a list of astonishingly goofy sounds like BLAGGITY BLAGGITY and GLIBBITY GLOBBITY.


 

 “Conceptually radical . . . making the refreshing and contrarian case that words alone have sensory and imaginative vibrancy to spare.”—Mark Levine, The New York Times Book Review

“This book is sure to be a crowd-pleaser, and it’s perfect for one-on-one sharing with a parent or caregiver. Expect requests for repeated readings.”—School Library Journal

“Will have little ones laughing and finding a new appreciation for words.”— Entertainment Weekly


Cleverly irreverent and irresistibly silly, The Book with No Pictures is one that kids will beg to hear again and again. (And parents will be happy to oblige.)
–Penguin Random House

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2. Books by Jeremy Strong

At Chapters, you will find a range of ‘Laugh Your Socks Off with Jeremy Strong’ books that are sure to give you and your kids tears of laughter with his funny, witty and original stories coupled with delightful illustrations! As a full time writer, Jeremy Strong has written over 70 books, including the hugely popular Hundred Mile an Hour Dog books.

Browse our web store for the entire collection:

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3. My Big Fat Zombie Goldfish by Mo O’Hara

17405203When Tom’s big brother decides to become an Evil Scientist, his first experiment involves dunking Frankie the goldfish into toxic green gunk. Tom knows that there is only one thing to do: Zap the fish with a battery and bring him back to life! But there’s something weird about the new Frankie. He’s now a BIG FAT ZOMBIE GOLDFISH with hypnotic powers . . . and he’s out for revenge!

 

My Big Fat Zombie Goldfish is a series that will keep kids laughing out loud long after they finish reading them!

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4. Grandpa’s Great Escape by David Walliams

The hotly-anticipated next novel from NUMBER ONE bestselling author, David Walliams!

Grandpa’s Great Escape is set in a small town near London in the 1980s. Grandpa is beginning to forget more and more and Jack is starting to get worried. One night Grandpa goes missing. Jack’s family go searching for him and eventually find him at the top of the church spire. That was where the trouble began… (Guardian)


 


“Another triumph for David Walliams. His books are a breath of wonderful fresh air” – Sun

“David Walliams’ children’s books are now guaranteed bestsellers… watch this fly off the shelves” – Daily Mail

An exquisite portrait of the bond between a small boy and his beloved Grandpa – this book takes readers on an incredible journey with Spitfires over London and Great Escapes through the city in a high octane adventure full of comedy and heart.

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Browse the rest of David Walliam’s collection here

5. Opal Moonbaby by Maudie Smith

Originally published as Opal Moonbaby, this is the first in a funny, warm-hearted series about friendship – and aliens! If you love Jacqueline Wilson, Cathy Cassidy or Liz Kessler, you’ll love reading about Opal Moonbaby.

Martha’s decided that friends are stupid. Especially if they’re anything like Colette and Chloe. She never wants another friend. Ever.

But it’s the first day of the summer holidays, and there’s not that much to do … until she spots a strange little furry creature who leads her to Opal Moonbaby. Opal’s been sent down from her planet with a special mission: she needs to work out what on earth people are (and my goodness – people are strange) and make a friend. Can Martha help Opal make the Best Friend Project a success?


 

“The story of an alien who comes to earth on a mission to make friends,
this is a rather lovely debut. Quirky and very charming, Opal is something of a futuristic Pippi Longstocking, which can only be a good thing” ―BOOKSELLER

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Loved ‘Gone Girl’? Take a Look at this New Teenage Thriller!

This new and exciting Y.A fiction book is definitely one of our favourite picks this month! This book is bound to appeal to readers who love fast-paced stories and intriguing plot-lines. Follow Me Back was beyond doubt, a gripping read and it certainly stands out from other teenage fiction novels, especially due to its original writing style and fresh dialogue.

A must-read for all teens and young adults ♥

Nicci Cloke is the new voice of teenage fiction and her latest book Follow Me Back– will not disappoint. Follow Me Back explores the reality of ‘digital duplicity’ and the dangers of social networks.

“CAN YOU REALLY BE SURE WHO’S TELLING THE TRUTH ONLINE?”

Lizzie Summersall’s disappearance becomes the subject of endless gossip at her high school. The police are convinced that she had met someone online. Her laptop, oddly enough, has been left behind which leaves them with the question: has she left or was she taken?

“There was no sign of a struggle, they whisper to each other. She took her phone but left her laptop behind.”

In the midst of all this panic is Aiden Kendrick, who hears about Lizzie’s disappearance for the first time when the police question him at his doorstep. Aiden and Lizzie were not the best of friends, just ‘online buddies’ who shared a few moments together at school before they lost touch with each other all together. So why is he the subject of their investigations unexpectedly? It is long before he realizes that Lizzie’s disappearance is about to change his life for good.

A smart, contemporary YA thriller that grips from the first page and never lets go.

Follow Me Back was named one of the best books of February 2016 and is perfect for fans of Gone Girl and We were Liars. buy now

 

Have you read any books set in the world of social media? Comment below and let us know!

Ancient Wisdom for the Modern Mind

For centuries now, time and again, people have turned to classical oeuvres for ancient teachings. Here are some of the epics and folklore available at Chapters; with complete and comprehensive introductions authored by esteemed translators known to classical literature.

The Epic of Gilgamesh

“SURPASSING ALL OTHER KINGS, HEROIC IN STATURE, BRAVE SCION OF URUK, WILD BULL ON THE RAMPAGE!… GILGAMESH THE TALL, MAGNIFICENT AND TERRIBLE”

Translated with an introduction by Andrew George

Andrew George’s “masterly new translation” (The Times) of the world’s first truly great work of literature predating Homer’s “Iliad” & his “Odyssey” by almost a millennium.

Miraculously preserved on clay tablets the poem of Gilgamesh is the world’s oldest epic. The story tells of King Gilgamesh’s adventures with the wild man Enkidu, and of his arduous journey to the ends of the earth in quest of the Babylonian Noah and the secret of immortality. Alongside its themes of family, friendship and the duties of kings, the Epic of Gilgamesh is, above all, about mankind’s eternal struggle with the fear of death.

The Babylonian version has been known for over a century, but linguists are still deciphering new fragments in Akkadian and Sumerian. Andrew George’s gripping translation brilliantly combines these into a fluent narrative and will long rank as the definitive English Gilgamesh. -Penguin Classics.

King Gilgamesh’s story also turns out to be the starting point of a genre in the Western tradition – The autobiography – where he wrote down his own story and a starting point for the Western Literary Canon.

“Humankind’s first literary achievement…Gilgamesh should compel us as the wellspring of which we are inheritors…Andrew George provides an excellent critical and historical introduction.”
—Paul Binding, Independent on Sunday

“This volume will endure as one of the milestones markers…[George] expertly and easily conducts his readers on a delightful and moving epic journey.”
—Samuel A. Meier, Times Literary Supplement

“Appealingly presented and very read-ably translated…it still comes as an exhilarating surprise to find the actions and emotions of the Sumerian superhero coming to us with absolute immediacy over 30-odd centuries.
—Scotsman

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The Odyssey by  Homer

“I LONG TO REACH MY HOME AND SEE THE DAY OF MY RETURN. IT IS MY NEVER-FAILING WISH.”

Translated by E.V Rieu. Revised translation by D. C. H Rieu. Introduction by Peter Jones.

The epic tale of Odysseus’s journey home – one of the earliest and greatest works of Western literature

If the Iliad is the world’s greatest war epic, the Odyssey is literature’s grandest evocation of an every-man’s journey through life. Odysseus’ reliance on his wit and wiliness for survival in his encounters with divine and natural forces during his ten-year voyage home to Ithaca after the Trojan War is at once a timeless human story and an individual test of moral endurance.

E. V. Rieu’s translation has long been beloved and celebrated by scholars and readers alike, and for this Penguin Classics edition, classicist D. C. H. Rieu has revised the work of his father. This edition also includes an introduction by Peter V. Jones.      – Penguin Classics

 “[Fitzgerald’s Odyssey and Iliad] open up once more the unique greatness of Homer’s art at the level above the formula; yet at the same time they do not neglect the brilliant texture of Homeric verse at the level of the line and the phrase.” The Yale Review

“One of the world’s most vital tales… The Odyssey remains central to literature” – Malcolm Bradbury

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The Iliad by Homer

“LOOK AT ME. I AM THE SON OF A GREAT MAN. A GODDESS WAS MY MOTHER. YET DEATH AND INEXORABLE DESTINY ARE WAITING FOR ME.”

Translated by E.V Rieu. Revised translation by D. C. H Rieu. Introduction by Peter Jones.

The great war epic of Western literature, in a stunning translation by acclaimed classicist E.V. RIEU.

One of the foremost achievements in Western literature, Homer’s Iliad tells the story of the darkest episode of the Trojan War. At its center is Achilles, the greatest warrior-champion of the Greeks, and his conflict with his leader Agamemnon. Interwoven in the tragic sequence of events are powerfully moving descriptions of the ebb and flow of battle, the besieged city of Ilium, the feud between the gods, and the fate of mortals.

For this Penguin Classics edition, classicist D. C. H. Rieu has revised the work of his father, E. V. Rieu, celebrated translator and founding editor of the Penguin Classics imprint. The book also includes an introduction and notes by Peter V. Jones. – Penguin Classics

“Fitzgerald has solved virtually every problem that has plagued translators of Homer. The narrative runs, the dialogue speaks, the military action is clear, and the repetitive epithets become useful text rather than exotic relics.” –Atlantic Monthly

“Fitzgerald’s swift rhythms, bright images, and superb English make Homer live as never before…This is for every reader in our time and possibly for all time.”Library Journal

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The Aeneid By Virgil

“I SING OF ARMS AND OF THE MAN”

Translated with an introduction by DAVID WEST

After a century of civil strife in Rome and Italy, Virgil wrote The Aeneid to honour the emperor Augustus by praising Aeneas – Augustus’ legendary ancestor. As a patriotic epic imitating Homer, The Aeneid also provided Rome with a literature equal to the Greek. It tells of Aeneas, survivor of the sack of Troy, and of his seven year journey – to Carthage, falling tragically in love with Queen Dido; then to the underworld, in the company of the Sibyl of Cumae; and finally to Italy, where he founded Rome. It is a story of defeat and exile, of love and war, hailed by Tennyson as ‘the stateliest measure ever moulded by the lips of man’.

David West’s acclaimed prose translation is accompanied by his revised introduction and individual prefaces to the twelve books of The Aeneid. – Penguin Classics

“Fitzgerald’s is so decisively the best modern Aeneid that it is unthinkable that anyone will want to use any other version for a long time to come.”-New York Review of Books

“From the beginning to the end of this English poem…the reader will find the same sure control of English rhythms, the same deft phrasing, and an energy which urges the eye onward.”-The New Republic

“A rendering that is both marvelously readable and scrupulously faithful…. Fitzgerald has managed, by a sensitive use of faintly archaic vocabulary and a keen ear for sound and rhythm, to suggest the solemnity and the movement of Virgil’s poetry as no previous translator has done (including Dryden)…. This is a sustained achievement of beauty and power.”-Boston Globe

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The Metaphysics by Aristotle

“WE MUST ESPECIALLY INQUIRE AND INVESTIGATE WHETHER THERE IS ANY CAUSE BEYOND MATTER IN ITSELF OR NOT”

Translated with an introduction by HUGH LAWSON-TANCRED

In The Metaphysics, Aristotle laid the foundations for one of the central branches of Western philosophy.

The son of a doctor and an eminent scientist in his own right, Aristotle was always passionately interested in natural phenomena. Yet when he joined Plato’s Academy as a seventeen-year-old in the mid-360s BC, he was taught the ‘idealist’ doctrine that what we perceive is just a pale reflection of the true reality. After a sharp reaction against Platonism, he achieved in The Metaphysics an extraordinary synthesis, integrating the natural and rational aspects of the world. In so doing he probed some of the deepest questions of philosphy: What is existence? How is change possible? What makes something the same thing at different times? Are there things which must exist for anything else to exist at all? The seminal notion of ‘substance’ and associated concepts of matter and form, essence and accident and potentiality and actuality, have had a profound influence upon Western thought.

Hugh Lawson-Tancred’s new translation achieves a readability absent from earlier versions, and in a stimulating introductory essay he highlights the central themes of one of philosophy’s supreme masterpieces. – Penguin Classics

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