Oh what a night! Twitter brings 1,000 worth of orders to empty bookshop

Petersfield Bookshop had no customers for first time in 100-year history until a sad tweet attracted 1,100 new followers An independent bookshop that failed to sell a single book on a rainy day this week has been inundated with customers after publishing pictures of its empty aisles on social media. the bookshop which specialises in antiquarian publications, maps and secondhand books experienced a particularly miserable Tuesday. Robert Sansom, who has worked at the shop for 13 years, hammered out the gloomy tweet. Petersfield Bookshop (@The_PBS) …Tumbleweed… Not a single book sold today… 0.00… We think think this maybe the first time ever… We know its miserable out but if you’d like to help us out please find our Abebooks offering …

Michael Lewis: Dont bet against the US. It has an incredible capacity for self-reinvention

The author of The Big Short on Trumps war on experts and why it would take a pandemic to remind Americans of the importance of good governance The Big Short Lewis brought to life the extraordinary black comedy of those who had made fortunes betting on the global financial crash. The Fifth Risk: Undoing Democracy, applies his insiders eye to unsung heroes of government administration, in light of the reckless dismantling of the US civil service under Trump. Lewis defines the fifth risk to civilisation alongside more visible contenders like climate crisis and nuclear conflict as a loss of faith in the mission of effective governance, what you never learn that might have saved you. The afterword to your new …

Ultrarunning, prison, surviving Aids … the best tales of endurance

From Shackleton in the Antarctic to Edmund White on the Aids crisis, Emily Chappell rounds up stories of survival I cant go on, Ill go on, is the weary conclusion of The UnnamThe Rise of the Ultra Runners, Sarah Outen, in Nawal El Saadawis Memoirs from the Womens Prison began its life written with eyeliner on hoarded pieces of toilet paper, and follows the Egyptian author through a three-month incarceration for crimes against the state. In prison, a persons essence comes to light, she writes, suggesting that endurance consists of the parts of a person that remain when trauma or exhaustion have scraped away all pretence. Some people endure unintentionally, sometimes even without wanting to go on. The protagonist of …

Malcolm Gladwell: Im just trying to get people to take psychology seriously

The Canadian writer made his name bringing intellectual sparkle to everyday subjects, and his new book – about how strangers interact with each other – is no exception In the flesh, Malcolm Gladwell is exactly as I imagined him to be: engaging, polite, dauntingly cerebral and supremely self-assured in that way that the exceptionally gifted often are. At 55, there is still something of the sporty, if slightly gawky, teenager about him; his jeans and a lightweight hoody accentuate his height and wiry thinness. The signature afro has been tamed somewhat and, if anything, makes him look even younger. He is not big on small talk, and one senses that every hour in his working day is geared towards maximum …