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An Intimate History of Evolution by Alison Bashford review – the incredible Huxleys | History books

“Dear Sir,” wrote a nameless correspondent to Julian Huxley in 1937. “Would you consent to being the father of my wife’s child, possibly...

The Secret History of the Five Eyes by Richard Kerbaj review – secrets and spies | Politics books

On the same spring day in 1946 that Winston Churchill made a speech coining the phrases “special relationship” and “iron curtain”, another historic...

Joyce Reynolds obituary | Classics and ancient history

Joyce Reynolds, who has died aged 103, was an honorary fellow at Newnham College, Cambridge, a classicist specialising in Roman historical epigraphy and...

Personality and Power by Ian Kershaw review – follow the leader… for good or ill | History books

Whether it’s because of the uncertain times in which we live, the dismal nature of our political leaders, or the rise of rightwing...

Echoes of Happy Valley: what can we learn from the shanty towns of the Great Depression? | Australian books

Take a walk along the windy northern headland of Botany Bay, just south-east of Sydney Airport, and you might find evidence of an...

Zadie Smith on discovering the secret history of Black England: ‘Into my ignorance poured these remarkable facts’ | Books

I can say precisely where and when I first read Black England because I made a note of it on the flyleaf: Zadie...

Violence of British empire in focus on Baillie Gifford longlist | Baillie Gifford prize for nonfiction

Books about the history of the British empire and the abolition of the monarchy have been longlisted for the Baillie Gifford prize for...

Xi Jinping by Stefan Aust and Adrian Geiges; China After Mao by Frank Dikötter review – power and how to keep it | Biography...

There are a number of problems with a tag line like “the most powerful man in the world,” the subtitle of this biography...

Andrey Kurkov: dispatches from a country under siege | Ukraine

6 March 2022I never thought that so many things could happen in a week, so many terrible things.On 24 February 2022, the first...

The Nation That Never Was review: a new American origin story, from the ashes of the old | Books

As with the climate, in politics we are running out of time. America’s retreat from democracy cannot persist. Though Native Americans, Black people,...

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