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Joan of Arc: A History by Helen Castor, book review: The truth behind France's national icon

More is known from contemporary accounts about Joan of Arc than almost any other 15th-century character. The records are in Joan's trial for heresy in 1431 and the "nullification trial" held 25 years later to reverse the decision.

What Do I Know? People, Politics and the Arts - Richard Eyre

Since his successful spell running the National Theatre, Richard Eyre's career as a director of film, theatre and opera has made him a leading cultural figure and a hugely respected commentator on the arts. This book collects over fifty short pieces wr

Ezra Pound: Poet: Volume II: The Epic Years: 2 - A. David Moody

This second volume of A. David Moody's full-scale portrait, covering Ezra Pound's middle years, weaves together into a single highly readable and challenging narrative, in a way that has not been done before, the illuminating story of his life, his achiev

Rising Ground - Philip Marsden

Why do we react so strongly to certain places? Why do layers of mythology build up around particular features in the landscape? When Philip Marsden moved to a remote creekside farmhouse in Cornwall, the intensity of his response took him aback. It led him

Walking Home: My Family and Other Rambles - Clare Balding

'Growing up on a racing yard, I used to know the geography of the UK only by racecourses. A bit like my brother thought the seasons of the year were "Flat" and "National Hunt", I regarded Newmarket as the capital of the world and Lambourn as a major city

The Cancer Chronicles: Unlocking Medicine's Deepest Mystery - George Johnson

Illuminates the human experience with elegiac grace, bearing witness to the punishing gauntlet of consultations, surgeries, targeted therapies and other treatments.

The Cancer Chronicles: Unlocking Medicine's Deepest Mystery by George Johnson, review: 'tightly argued'

Distinguished science writer George Johnson argues that cancer has always been with us and always will be

Walking Home: My Family and Other Rambles, review: 'unrambling and readable'

Clare Balding's walking memoir encapsulates everything we love about the countryside, says Sinclair McKay

Claxton: Field Notes from a Small Planet - Mark Cocker

Describes all the wildlife in the village - not just birds, but plants, trees, mammals, hoverflies, moths, butterflies, bush crickets, grasshoppers, ants and bumblebees. This book explores how these other species are as essential to our sense of genuine w