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The Tolerance Trap review what happened to kick-ass gay rights?

Is marriage really the summit of aspiration for the 'gay nation'? Angry radicalism should not have turned into a whisper of gratitude, argues this call to armsWhether you are lesbian, gay or straight, Suzanna Walters's new book should make you wonder how

The Snow Kimono by Mark Henshaw review a philosophical puzzle

Henshaws first book in 25 years is not only a novel about mysteries, but a metaphor for the nature of storytellingOne night in Paris, in 1989, retired inspector Auguste Jovert receives a letter from a woman in Algiers claiming to be his daughter. A chance

The Hollow Crown - Dan Jones

The fifteenth century experienced the longest and bloodiest series of civil wars in British history. The crown of England changed hands violently seven times as the great families of England fought to the death for power, majesty and the right to rule. Da

Happiness By Design - Paul Dolan

As a Professor of Behavioural Science at the London School of Economics, Dolan conducts original research into the measurement of happiness and its causes and consequences, including the effects of our behaviour. Here he creates a new outlook on the pursu

Italian Venice: A History - R.J.B. Bosworth

In this elegant book Richard Bosworth explores Venice - not the glorious Venice of the Venetian Republic, but from the fall of the Republic in 1797 and the Risorgimento up through the present day. Bosworth looks at the glamour and squalour of the belle ep

A Buzz in the Meadow - Dave Goulson

In A Buzz in the Meadow Goulson tells the story of how he bought a derelict farm in the heart of rural France, together with 33 acres of surrounding meadow and how, over a decade, he has created a place for his beloved bumblebees to thrive. But other crea

The Sense of Style - Steven Pinker

Bad writing can't be blamed on the Internet, or on 'the kids today'. Good writing has always been hard: a performance requiring pretense, empathy, and a drive for coherence. In The Sense of Style, cognitive scientist and linguist Steven Pinker uses the la

The Appian Way - Robert A. Kaster

The Roman poet Statius called the via Appia “the Queen of Roads,” and for nearly a thousand years that description held true, as countless travelers trod its path from the center of Rome to the heel of Italy. Today, the road is all but gone, destroyed

Women in Dark Times - Jacqueline Rose

Jacqueline Rose's new book begins with three remarkable women: revolutionary socialist Rosa Luxemburg; German-Jewish painter Charlotte Salomon, persecuted by family tragedy and Nazism; film icon and consummate performer Marilyn Monroe. Together these w