By Lonely Planet

Be inspired and empowered by this collection of transformative travel experiences. From sleeping under the stars or learning a new craft, to more ambitious challenges like taking a big trip alone, helping to rebuild a community or saving an endangered species, this is your essential companion to a life well-lived. Each experience in this feel-good bucket list is enriching in some way, whether it’s about forging a stronger connection with the natural world, helping the planet, or better understanding yourself.

From the easily attainable to the aspirational, the variety of goals makes it easy to create a set that’s right for you. Every goal is accompanied by recommendations about where to try it, as well as websites and information to ensure each one is achievable. The life-enhancing goals in this book include: Travelling spontaneously, Embracing the off season, Retracing the steps of history, Being a tourist in your own country, Making a pilgrimage, Having adventures with your children, Learning from indigenous cultures, Spending a night in the jungle, Taking the slow road, Becoming an ocean defender, Embracing your sexuality, Meditating with masters, Taking a big trip alone, Making an epic overland journey, Giving a year of your life to others, Helping a community to rebuild.

Travel Goals is available in hardback for £19.99.

By Aaron Reynolds

Have you ever looked a bird dead in the eye and wondered what it was thinking? With Effin’ Birds, the most eagerly anticipated new volume in the noble avocation of bird identification, you can venture into nature with confidence. This farcical field guide will help you identify over 200 birds, but more importantly, for the first time in history, it will also help you understand what these birds are thinking: The vainglorious grebe is acutely aware of its own magnificence.

The hipster pelican thinks the world is a sh*tbarge. The overbearing heron wishes you better luck next time, f*cknuts. The counsellor swallow wants you to maybe try not being a d*ckhead. … and many, many more.

Alongside beautiful, scientifically accurate illustrations and a whole lot of swearing is incisive commentary on modern life and the world we, as humans, must navigate. Or maybe it’s just some pictures of effin’ birds, okay?

A less than serious collection of birds with obscene attributes is available in hardback for £14.99.

By Rob Eastaway

A great, engaging, book, both for those with an interest in mathematics and also for readers who would like to feel a bit more confident with numbers. It contains lots of thought-provoking content, including how most of the numbers that quoted to us in the news are, in fact, estimates. The content is also great for sparking an interest in mathematics and debate with secondary school aged children.

How many cats are there in the world? What’s the chance of winning the lottery twice? And just how long does it take to count to a million? Learn how to tackle tricky maths problems with nothing but the back of an envelope, a pencil and some good old-fashioned brain power.

Join Rob Eastaway as he takes an entertaining look at how to figure without a calculator. Packed with amusing anecdotes, quizzes, and handy calculation tips for every situation, Maths on the Back of an Envelope is an invaluable introduction to the art of estimation, and a welcome reminder that sometimes our own brain is the best tool we have to deal with numbers.

Maths on the back of an envelope is available in hardback for £9.99.

By Randall Munroe

Bestselling author and cartoonist Randall Munroe explains how to predict the weather by analyzing the pixels of your Facebook photos. He teaches you how to tell if you’re a baby boomer or a millennial by measuring the radioactivity of your teeth. He offers tips for taking a selfie with a telescope, crossing a river by boiling it, and getting to your appointments on time by destroying the moon.

And if you want to get rid of this book once you’re done with it, he walks you through your options for proper disposal, including dissolving it in the ocean, converting it to a vapour, using tectonic plates to subduct it into the Earth’s mantle, or launching it into the sun. By exploring the most complicated ways to do simple tasks, Munroe doesn’t just make things difficult for himself and his readers. As he did so brilliantly in What If?, he invites us to explore the most absurd reaches of the possible.

Full of clever infographics and amusing illustrations, How To is a delightfully mind-bending way to better understand the science and technology underlying the things we do every day.

How To is available in hardback for £16.99.

By Bill Bryson

Bill Bryson, best selling author of A Short History of Nearly Everything, takes us on a head-to-toe tour of the marvel that is the human body. This book will leave you laughing, shaking your head or maybe even both on every single page. No matter your level of scientific knowledge, Bryson’s eye for detail will keep you engaged, outraged, or just even make you smile.

Available in hardback for £25.

By Heather Morris

Still thinking about Heather Morris’ harrowing and compelling story of “The Tattoosit of Auschwitz” well after you’ve put it down? Then read the true heartbreaking sequel based on Cilka Klein who is just sixteen years old when she is taken to Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp. The Commandant at Birkenau, Schwarzhuber, notices her long beautiful hair, and forces her separation from the other women prisoners. Cilka learns quickly that power, even unwillingly given, equals survival. Although this historical novel is an emotional read, it is also uplifting at times, giving a story of hope and courage.

Available in hardback for £14.99.

By David Sedaris

If laugh-out-loud stories of dysfunctional families and the onset of middle-age are your kind of read, then you absolutely need David Sedaris in your life. Loosely based around the lake house that Sedaris buys, and the family gatherings that ensue there, Calypso is a real treat. Inter-mixed with tales of shopping trips in Japan, FitBit obsessions and some mildly illegal backstreet surgery, life with David and the rest of the clan is a hoot.