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We like to think that science is completely objective and scientists are absolutely certain of their theories. But ask any scientist how they reach their conclusions and you’ll be surprised to see them talk about doubt rather than certainty, about what might or could be rather than what is true.

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The Penguin Lessons is the heart-warming story of Juan Salvador the penguin, rescued by Tom Michell from an oil slick in Uruguay just days before starting a new job in an Argentine boarding school.

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Read an extract from The Book of Magic, Brian Copenhaver’s new anthology of the history of the tradition of magic from antiquity to the enlightenment, in which seventeenth century witch hunter Matthew Hopkins describes his methods of discovering witches in his Essex village.

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Edited and introduced by novelist and journalist Philip Hensher, The Penguin Book of the British Short Story celebrates the diversity and energy of British writers. In this extract, Hensher introduces the collection.

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Read an extract from Emmeline Pankhurst’s My Own Story, an inspiration for the film Suffragette.

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Robin Stevens, author of the Murder Most Unladylike Mysteries, explains why Queen of Crime Agatha Christie’s books are perfect reading for sleuths big and small.

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Searching for Sugar Man is the story of two South Africans’ journey to track down their musical hero, Sixto Rodriguez (known as ‘Sugar Man’) in the late 1990s. Sugar Man’s albums had failed to sell in his native USA, but unbeknownst to him, he’d become a huge cult hit in South Africa, where he was also rumoured to be dead. Read an extract from the true story behind this ground breaking documentary, written by the fans who tracked him down.