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Napoleon the Great review an entertaining and deeply forensic examination

Andrew Robertss life of Napoleon calls for a radical rethink of our attitudes to his aims and achievementsSometimes, it seems in France as if the French have never really quite got over Napoleon Bonaparte. Certainly these days his imprint is still everywh

How to be a Conservative - Roger Scruton

What does it mean to be a conservative in an age so sceptical of conservatism? How can we live in the presence of our 'canonized forefathers' at a time when their cultural, religious and political bequest is so routinely rejected? With soft left-liberalis

How We Got to Now - Steven Johnson

From Steven Johnson, the bestselling author of Where Good Ideas Come From, comes How We Got to Now,the companion book to his six-part BBC TV series, which tracks the surprising inspirations and unexpected consequences of the most influential innovations.

Isle of Noises - Daniel Rachel

More than twenty of the UK's finest musicians discuss the magic and reveal the secrets behind their art in a rare collection of conversations about fifty years of classic British songwriting.

Station Eleven by Emily St John, book review: Hope amidst an apocalypse

Post-apocalypse novels are, by their definition, often bleak, downbeat tales, concerned as they generally are with the complete and utter collapse of society as we know it.

On Liberty by Shami Chakrabarti, review: 'limited in ambition'

Shami Chakrabarti's reworking of the 19th-century classic only tells half the story, argues Ben Wilson

How To Be a Conservative by Roger Scruton, review: 'funnily audacious'

The Tories are making a mistake if they think a fixation with money will win us over

Talking to Terrorists: How to End Armed Conflicts By Jonathan Powell, book review: Essential reading for all parties in any conflict

This is a fascinating and informed book based on practical experience on how and why governments should talk to dissident armed groups.

Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham, review: 'very funny'

Lena Dunham tries to have it all with her new book - and almost succeeds, says Iona McLaren