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‘The Yellow Peril’, by Christopher Frayling

How a fictional arch-villain embodied and helped to reinforce western myths about China

The Downfall of Money: Germany's Hyperinflation and the Destruction of the Middle Class by Frederick Taylor review

A powerful account of a frightening episode in European historyThe central question of Taylor's history of Weimar Germany is what happens when we lose confidence in our money? It's one he believes still resonates today, as Europe grapples with a crisis th

Talking to Terrorists by Jonathan Powell, review: 'a flawed case'

Terrorists with specific aims can be brought to the negotiating table, says David Blair, but not groups such as Isil

How I Stopped Being a Jew - Shlomo Sand

Shlomo Sand was born in 1946 in a displaced persons camp in Austria, to Jewish parents; the family later migrated to Palestine. During his life, Sand came to question his Jewish identity, even that as a secular Jew. With this meditative and thoughtful mix

Behind the Door: The Oscar Pistorius and Reeva Steenkamp Story - Barry Bateman

In February 2013 the news of successful model Reeva Steenkamp's fatal shooting by her boyfriend and global sporting star Oscar Pistorius stunned the world. Over the ensuing months, as Pistorius appeared in court, applied for bail and was eventually put on

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