Here are the best books to dive into this weekend

In the wake of a post election hangover, it’s time to take in some of the literary highlights of the week. From gripping fiction, to reality checks that will stop you in your tracks, these five books are just the thing to spark inspiration and insight.

books list happy reading vintageGet stuck into some great reads this weekend. We’ve got a diverse spread of works spanning fascinating history, globetrotting adventures and inspirational art.

Tiger by Polly Clark

An expansive story of survival that takes the reader to remotest corners of the planet and right to the heart of the intersection between humankind and the natural world. Visit Quercus for more details.

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Cities by Monica L. Smith

Most of the world lives in a city, and they keep getting bigger. Rarely do we think of how it all began. Cities shines a light on the origins of our urban metropolises and how they’ve affected our own evolution. See Simon & Schuster for more information.

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The Rip Curl Story by Tim Baker

The tale of two young surfers, their quest to avoid getting real jobs and how it paid off in spades. A tale of adventure and learning life lessons along the way. See Penguin for more.

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Basquiat: A Graphic Novel by Paolo Parisi

This graphic novel could not be more vivid. This moving depiction of the tragically short life of Jean-Michel Basquiat is rendered with incredible richness. More info at Laurence King.

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2040: a Handbook for the Regeneration by Damon Gameau

This book is an impassioned plea by a father, consumed with existential panic in the face of climate change. Yet, it also lays out practical advice so we can tackle it, one person at a time. Head over to Pan Macmillan for more.

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