What the books are about

Leaving Microsoft ...

In 1998 John Wood was a rising executive at Microsoft. Then a trip to Nepal inspired him to set up schools and libraries in the developing world. Leaving Microsoft to Change the World chronicles Wood’s incredible journey, his first years at Microsoft, his life-changing decision to leave, and the adventure that followed. His story is an inspirational example of how to create success on your own terms and change your world.


Run is a novel with timeless concerns at its heart — class and belonging, parenthood and love. The book is lovely to read and is satisfyingly bold in its attempt to say something patient and true about family. Ann Patchett knows how to wear big human concerns very lightly. Yet one should not mistake that lightness for anything cosmetic: Run is a book that sets out to contend with the temper of our times, and by the end we feel we know the Doyle family in all its intensity and its surprises’

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle

Barbara Kingsolver opens her home to us, as she and her family attempt a year of eating only local food, much of it from their own garden. With characteristic warmth, Kingsolver shows us how to put food back at the centre of the political and family agenda. Animal, Vegetable, Miracle is part memoir, journalistic investigation, and full of original recipes.

Small Steps

Armpit and X-Ray are living in Austin, Texas. It is three years since they left the confines of Camp Green Lake Detention Centre and Armpit is taking small steps to turn his life around. He is working for a landscape gardener because he is good at digging holes, he is going to school and he is enjoying his first proper romance, but is he going to be able to stay out of trouble when there is so much building up against him? Armpit is also joined by many vibrant characters in this novel.