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Roy Jenkins - John Campbell

Roy Jenkins was probably the best Prime Minister Britain never had. His career spans the half-century from Attlee to Tony Blair during which he helped transform almost every area of national life and politics. This book tells his story.

I Know Nothing!

BEING a refugee from Nazi Germany is one thing. Being cornered by a spotty-faced bully in the school playground and called a dirty little German Jewish pig another.

Margaret Thatcher biography wins Political Book of the Year

The first volume of Charles Moore's authorised biography of Margaret Thatcher has won the

John Carey: The Unexpected Professor - An Oxford Life In Books

HE is approaching 80 and has read millions of words, probably written millions too.

Running Free: A Runner's Journey Back to Nature - Richard Askwith

Part diary of a year running through the Northamptonshire countryside, part exploration of why we love to run without limits, this title offers an account of running in a forgotten, rural way, observing wildlife and celebrating the joys of nature.

Other People's Countries - Patrick McGuiness

Disarming, eloquent and illuminating, this meditation on place, time and memory, could only have been written by a poet, or a novelist, or a professor. Happily, Patrick McGuinness is all three, and Other People's Countries is a marvel: a stunning piece of

Other People's Countries review - memory lane, lovingly explored

Poet and novelist Patrick McGuinness's lyrical recollection of his childhood takes John Banville's breath away.

Running Free review - a year in the Northamptonshire countryside

Richard Askwith returns to his love of running in this compelling memoir Couch potatoes and immovable lazybones might react in horror to Richard Askwith's third book, an account of a year's running through the Northamptonshire countryside, but those of a

O My America! by Sara Wheeler - review

This is a sensitive portrait of pioneering women such as Fanny Trollope who sought out new lives in the US "So little is ever said about the last grey chapters of female lives," writes Sara Wheeler, depressingly. Close to 50 herself, she became drawn to

The harrowing, inspiring life of Andrew Sachs

A review of Andrew Sachs' I Know Nothing! Faulty Towers' punchline of a waiter – and Russell Brand's favoured target – endured much greater sorrows with style.