We’ve rounded up the best new reads on the scene for this instalment of The Reading Room. From the rich history of cars to memoirs and investigations, you’ll be hooked on this selection.

THE STORY OF THE CAR: THE DEFINITIVE HISTORY OF AUTOMOBILES

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This book by Giles Chapman is a visual celebration of cars over a century of progress. As you turn the pages, you’ll have the opportunity to explore automobiles over a period of one hundred years — ranging from the very first horseless carriages all the way through to modern, autonomous vehicles. Perfect for any car-lover, this book looks at all the ways in which what was once an elite status symbol has evolved into a regular part of our day-to-day lives. Inside you’ll find loads of information and fact-filled narrative spreads, as well as colour photographs, artworks and rarely seen archive images.

WILL

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This moving memoir explores the life of Will Smith, one of the entertainment industry’s most recognised personalities. Will’s story reveals his transformation from an anxious child in a tense West Philadelphia home to one of the most successful rap artists of his time and then a massive Hollywood star. The memoir shares a profound journey of self-knowledge as Will talks about inner happiness, outer success and human connection and how all of these elements align. Written with the help of Mark Mason, author of the bestseller The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck, the book is both entertaining and inspiring.

THE CAR THAT KNEW TOO MUCH: CAN A MACHINE BE MORAL?

This book by Jean-François Bonnefon tells the inside story of the groundbreaking experiment that captured what people think about the life-and-death dilemmas posed by self-driving cars. Bonnefon, a psychologist, describes some of the key discoveries regarding the ethical aspects of machines endowed with artificial intelligence. He reveals the scientific process while asking essential questions about the world that we currently find ourselves in — one in which a hybrid system of humans and machines exists.

GUNS AND NEEDLES

Guns and Needles by Clinton van der Berg takes the reader on a journey into the heart of South Africa’s sports steroid and drug culture. While South Africa has gained a reputation for loving sport, there lurks a dark underbelly beneath the surface — one in which athletes will do anything to win. In this book, prominent sportswriter Van der Berg gives an insight into our country’s sporting environment and includes the story of the youngest athlete ever to test positive for steroids, the unbelievable level of steroid use in schoolboy rugby, and doping busts at Springbok level. Be prepared for drama and tragedy in this riveting read.