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Trailblazers and game changers

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Books by and about the people who rewrote the rules and reimagined the playing fields.

Imagine a time before streaming services. Before smartphones. Before the internet. Before TV. Before cars. Before industrialisation. Before novels. Wait… before novels? Yup, novels are an invention too. (Depending on who you’re arguing with, the first novel was possibly The Tale of Genji by Murasaki Shikibu in 11th century Japan, or Cervantes’ Don Quixote, or Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe...) Human minds and imaginations are behind every advancement of humanity. Here are some books about people who helped shape, and explain, the world we occupy today.