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Kamila Shamsie; Young feminist writing

Kamila Shamsie on her latest novel A God in Every Stone, a powerful interwoven story that crosses continents and decades, culminating in dramatic and tragic events in Peshawar in 1930.

Kamila Shamsie; Young feminist writing

Kamila Shamsie on her latest novel A God in Every Stone, a powerful interwoven story that crosses continents and decades, culminating in dramatic and tragic events in Peshawar in 1930.

Altered Pasts - Richard J Evans

A bullet misses its target in Sarajevo, a would-be Austrian painter gets into the Viennese academy, Lord Halifax becomes British prime minister in 1940: seemingly minor twists of fate on which world-shaking events might have hinged. Alternative history

House in the Sky - Amanda Lindhout

The dramatic and redemptive memoir of a woman whose curiosity led her to the world’s most beautiful and remote places, its most imperiled and perilous countries, and then into fifteen months of harrowing captivity—an exquisitely written story of coura

The Knowledge: How to Rebuild Our World from Scratch - Lewis Dartnell

Maybe it was a viral pandemic, or an asteroid strike, or perhaps nuclear war. Whatever the cause, the world as we know it has ended and you and the other survivors must start again. What key knowledge would you need to start rebuilding civilisation from s

The People: The Rise And Fall Of The Working Class 1910-2010

A fascinating social history is thrown off course by one of the class system’s glorious eccentrics.

The Contest of the Century - Geoff Dyer

By sea and on the airwaves, by dollar and yuan, a contest has begun that will shape the next century. China's rise has now entered a critical new phase, as it begins to translate its considerable economic heft into a bigger role on the world stage, challe

A Spy Among Friends. By Ben Macintyre

I spy a spy – and what better place than Hampstead? Certainly Ben Macintyre met up on the Heath unexpectedly with John le Carré, real name David Cornwell, once a British agent in Bonn, back in October, 2009.

History of the working class? It was no Downton, says Selina Todd in The People

SELINA TODD's account of Britain's working class is passionately argued and minutely researched but too often slides from 'history into dreary left-wing propaganda'.

The Empire of Necessity - Greg Grandin

One morning in 1805, off a remote island in the South Pacific, seal hunter and abolitionist Captain Amasa Delano climbed aboard the Tryal, a distressed Spanish slaver. He spent all day on the ship, sharing food and water, yet failed to see that the slaves