What we're about

Are you unable to walk by a bookshop without going inside? Do you appreciate non-linear, difficult, inaccessible, downright frustrating literature that your friends have never heard of? Do your biceps bulge from carrying around 1000+pg tomes on public transport/beach holidays/family get-togethers? Are the walls of your house or favourite room lined and heaving with books read and unread?

If you answered "yes, that's me!" to one or more of these, you're likely a booksnob. And that's OK. So are we.

Come along to one of our meetups where we discuss unique and interesting books! We aim to be as pleasant and democratic about things as possible while sticking to the core tenets of booksnobbism, which are as follows:

- There are no maximum page limits. Big Big Books are very welcome.

- The book must be unique in some way. Does it fiddle with language in an interesting way? Is it labyrinthine in its plotting? Was it ahead of its time somehow? Is it undeservedly buried and unappreciated?

- Does the average 13 year old own it as an audiobook on their i-thingy? If not, great!

And that's it. Just join up if you like beer/wine/coffee/conversation and books.

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The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined by Steven Pinker

Faced with the ceaseless stream of news about war, crime, and terrorism, one could easily think we live in the most violent age ever seen. Yet as New York Times bestselling author Steven Pinker shows in this startling and engaging new work, just the opposite is true: violence has been diminishing for millennia and we may be living in the most peaceful time in our species's existence. For most of history, war, slavery, infanticide, child abuse, assassinations, pogroms, gruesome punishments, deadly quarrels, and genocide were ordinary features of life. But today, Pinker shows (with the help of more than a hundred graphs and maps) all these forms of violence have dwindled and are widely condemned. How has this happened? This groundbreaking book continues Pinker's exploration of the essence of human nature, mixing psychology and history to provide a remarkable picture of an increasingly nonviolent world. The key, he explains, is to understand our intrinsic motives- the inner demons that incline us toward violence and the better angels that steer us away-and how changing circumstances have allowed our better angels to prevail. Exploding fatalist myths about humankind's inherent violence and the curse of modernity, this ambitious and provocative book is sure to be hotly debated in living rooms and the Pentagon alike, and will challenge and change the way we think about our society.

Selected Poems, 1923-1958 by E.E. Cummings

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This selection, made by Cummings himself in 1960, offers a comprehensive introduction to his most characteristic work — whether love poems, satirical squibs or nature poetry — and represents the range of his experiments with lyric form, syntax and typography, which combined to offer a radically individual and spontaneous view of the world.

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