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The Innovators - Walter Isaacson

Following his blockbuster biography of Steve Jobs, The Innovators is Walter Isaacson's story of the people who created the computer and the Internet. It is destined to be the standard history of the digital revolution and a guide to how innovation really

Jerry Lee Lewis: His Own Story by Rick Bragg, review: 'car crash fascination'

Jerry Lee Lewis, the piano-pounding father of rock 'n' roll, was raised a Pentecostal Christian in dirt poor Lousiana, says Mick Brown

Rising Ground by Philip Marsden, review: 'boundless curiosity'

An elegant travelogue reveals the magnetic power of England's most idiosyncratic county, says Tom Fort

Merchant Adventurers: The Voyage that Launched Modern England - James Evans

In 1553, a pioneering voyage was undertaken in an attempt to find a new, shorter route to China and its riches, skirting through the icy seas around the top of Norway and along Asia's northern rim. Incredibly, the diaries of the captain of one of these sh

Revolution - Russell Brand

We all know the system isn't working. Our governments are corrupt and the opposing parties pointlessly similar. Our culture is filled with vacuity and pap, and we are told there's nothing we can do - "it's just the way things are". In this book, Russe

The Yellow Peril: Dr Fu Manchu and the Rise of Chinaphobia review the factors that shaped our fear of China

Chinese uber-villain Fu Manchu reflected the jingoism of British culture in the early 20th centuryBooks beget books and this engrossing, wide-ranging study of the deeply prejudicial mythology surrounding matters Chinese arose from a conversation between C

The Red Earl: the Extraordinary Life of the 16th Earl of Huntingdon by Selina Hastings, review: 'stylish and affectionate'

Miranda Seymour admires a daughter's tribute to her enigmatic father Lord Huntingdon, a rebel aristocrat and friend to Diego Rivera

Once Upon a Time: A Short History of Fairy Tale - Marina Warner

From wicked queens, beautiful princesses, elves, monsters, and goblins to giants, glass slippers, poisoned apples, magic keys, and mirrors, the characters and images of fairy tales have cast a spell over readers and audiences, both adults and children, fo

Pretend You're In A War: The Who and the Sixties - Mark Blake

Pete Townshend was once asked how he prepared himself for The Who’s violent live performances. His answer? ‘Pretend you’re in a war.’ For a band as prone to furious infighting as it was notorious for acts of ‘auto-destructive art’ this could h

Joan of Arc: A History review a new window on to a strange chapter in French history

Helen Castors attempt to put Joan of Arc in context impresses, even if its subject remains elusiveJoan of Arc feminist icon?On 8 May 1429, a 17-year-old French peasant girl sat facing the English army north of Orléans. She was on horseback, in full armo