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Non-Fiction

Bowie by Simon Critchley; Heroes: David Bowie and Berlin by Tobias Ruther, book reviews

Do we really need more books about David Bowie? On my bookshelves there are numerous biographies and coffee table volumes dedicated to pop's greatest chameleon.

The Northern Clemency by Philip Hensher, book of a lifetime: Funny, sinister, and a shameless page-turner

In September 2008, I spent a month touring the States, promoting a film adaptation of one of my novels. For me, and people like me, choosing the books to bring on such journeys is a task that can never be approached lightly.

This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs The Climate by Naomi Klein, book review

The proposition that the world's political and economic institutions are preventing us from meeting the lethal challenge of global warming is hardly novel.

Mecca: The Sacred City by Ziauddin Sardar, book review: Ancient rites sit beside new frills

When the British writer and explorer Richard Francis Burton accompanied a caravan to Mecca in 1853, he described the feelings of many Muslims on their first visit to the capital of Islam. In Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to al-Madinah and Mecca, he w

Women in Clothes: Why We Wear What We Wear - Sheila Heti

Women in Clothes is a book unlike any other. It is essentially a conversation among hundreds of women of all nationalities-famous, anonymous, religious, secular, married, single, young, old-on the subject of clothing, and how the garments we put on every

Modernity Britain: A Shake of the Dice, 1959-62 by David Kynaston review humorous, compassionate and shrewd

From post-war economics to the humble carrier bag how we became a nation of consumersIn the book trade there is a buzz word: "Kynastonesque". It describes big social history books, with expansive narrative sweeps and formidable sources, which celebrate d

World Order by Henry Kissinger, book review: An elder statesman answers his critics

On my summer reading list was the late Christopher Hitchens' The Trial of Henry Kissinger. It's written as an indictment, of the sort that might pass muster in a war crimes prosecution.

The angry young man who turns out to be not as radical as you might think

Owen Jones's research is so impressive that it almost makes up for its occasional lack of depth.

World Order - Henry Kissinger

World Order is the summation of Henry Kissinger's thinking about history, strategy and statecraft. As if taking a perspective from far above the globe, it examines the great tectonic plates of history and the motivations of nations, explaining the attitud