In The White Road, acclaimed writer and potter Edmund de Waal sets out on a quest – a journey that begins in the dusty city of Jingdezhen in China and travels on to Venice, Versailles, Dublin, Dresden, the Appalachian Mountains of South Carolina and the hills of Cornwall to tell the history of porcelain. Read an extract from the new book from the author of The Hare With the Amber Eyes.

Penguin Junior Designer, Chris Bentham, describes the design process behind Live This Book, by Tom Chatfield. Live This Book combines design and practical exercises to inspire you to reflect on, and interact with, the world around you.

Read an extract from Mindware, Richard Nisbett’s practical guide to the most powerful tools of reasoning ever developed.

Will Gompertz, BBC Arts Correspondent, has interviewed countless artists. The role call of inspiration for his new book includes such influences as Ai Weiwei, David Hockney and Bridget Riley. In Think Like An Artist, Gompertz examines the habits and attitudes that unite successfully creative people, and looks at how we can apply those traits to our own endeavours.

In the last UK General Election, almost 16 million voters declined to turn up to the polling station. Zoe Williams, Guardian journalist and author of Get it Together: Why We Deserve Better Politics, examines the cause of our apathy, and challenges the idea that democracy begins and ends with a ballot paper.

Former Communications Director for the Labour Party, journalist, and author of Winners, Alastair Campbell, unpicks the characteristics that elevate the great to the exceptional ahead of the UK General Election, exclusively for Think Smarter.

Jetpacks and mind machines! Think Smarter looks into the future! This week’s reading list is designed to equip you for all the technological and ecological advances of the next few years.

Dale Shaw muses on whether we really are in the future (it is 2015 you know), according to predictions from classic science fiction authors.

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Challenging the world economic order is no mean feat, but that’s precisely what crytocurrencies, including BitCoin are doing as we speak. Authors Paul Vigna and Michael Casey explain the five stages of cryptocurrency recognition, and what this might mean for the future of finance.

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Author of The Glass Cage, Nicholas Carr, on where automation is taking us and the effect our increasing reliance on sat navs may be having on our minds.