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Non-Fiction

‘A Poisonous Thorn in Our Hearts’, by James Copnall

A first-hand account offers an even-handed, insightful perspective on the creation of South Sudan and a bleak assessment of its future.

Damon Galgut, Kate Colquhoun, Judith Flanders, AL Kennedy, Julian Gough, Stella Duffy

Twice Man Booker-shortlisted South African novelist Damon Galgut talks to Mariella Frostrup about his latest novel 'Arctic Summer', which evokes the life of E M Forster.

Damon Galgut, Kate Colquhoun, Judith Flanders, AL Kennedy, Julian Gough, Stella Duffy

Twice Man Booker-shortlisted South African novelist Damon Galgut talks to Mariella Frostrup about his latest novel 'Arctic Summer', which evokes the life of E M Forster.

A Conversation About Happiness: the story of a lost childhood by Mikey Cuddihy, book review

although much written about in novels, few first-hand accounts exist of actually attending a progressive school. Mikey Cuddihy's memoir of her time at AS Neill's famous Summerhill helps rectify this imbalance. She started in 1962 aged 10 and stayed for th

A God In Every Stone by Kamila Shamsie, book review: War novel concerns itself with stories left out of official accounts

Pink may be the colour of an Empire's territories shown on a map of the world, while for modern shoppers trawling that world it denotes gifts suitable for girls. Kamila Shamsie's passionate new novel, set in the early twentieth century, intertwining theme

Congo: The Epic History of a People by David van Reybrouck, book review

Like "genius" or "masterpiece", "epic" is a word that has suffered semantic inflation at the hands of over-eager book reviewers. But the Congo is a country that merits the word in all its original grandeur; epic landscapes, epic rivers, epic greed, epic s

Kolyma Diaries: A Journey into Russia's Haunted Hinterland review

Jacek Hugo-Bader has hitchhiked the length of the Road of Bones, on a pilgrimage to the land of gold and gulags The 2,025 km-long Kolyma Highway in the far east of Russia is known as the Road of Bones because the thousands of gulag prisoners who died buil

Book review: Fight or Flight by Martin Thomas

The British and the French weren’t so different after all when ending their empires.

Fight or Flight: Britain, France, and Their Roads From Empire - Martin Thomas

Although shattered by war, in 1945 Britain and France still controlled the world's two largest colonial empires, with imperial territories stretched over four continents. And they appeared determined to keep them: the roll-call of British and French polit

Odd Job Man - Jonathon Green

For thirty years Jonathon Green has been collecting slang - the indefinable language of the gutter, the brothel, the jail, the barroom - producing a succession of dictionaries, most recently the three-volume Green's Dictionary of Slang, that have been rec