Long lists

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Coolie Woman
Gaiutra Bahadur

Hurst Books

In 1903 a Brahmin woman sailed from India to Guyana as a ‘coolie’, the name the British gave to the million indentured labourers they recruited for sugar plantations worldwide after slavery ended.

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Edmund Burke
Jesse Norman

William Collins

Philosopher, statesman, and founder of modern conservatism, Edmund Burke is both the greatest and most under-rated political thinker of the past three-hundred years. Born in Ireland in 1729, and greatly affected by

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Kith: the Riddle of the Childscape
Jay Griffiths

Hamish Hamilton

Kith is a passionate examination of what it means to be a child, by Jay Griffiths, the award-winning author of Wild. While travelling the world in order to write her award-winning book Wild, Jay Griffiths

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Margaret Thatcher: the Authorized Biography
Charles Moore

Allen Lane

Not For Turning is the first volume of Charles Moore’s authorized biography of Margaret Thatcher, the longest serving Prime Minister of the twentieth century and one of the most influential political figures of

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One Night in Winter
Simon Sebag Montefiore

Century, Random House

Moscow 1945. As Stalin and his courtiers celebrate victory over Hitler, shots ring out. On a nearby bridge, a teenage boy and girl lie dead. But this is no ordinary tragedy and these

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Red Fortress: the Secret Heart of Russia's History
Catherine Merridale

Allen Lane

Both beautiful and profoundly menacing, the Kremlin has dominated Moscow for many centuries. Behind its great red walls and towers many of the most startling events in Russia’s history have been acted

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Sex and the Citadel
Shereen El Feki

Chatto and Windus

As political change sweeps the streets and squares, parliaments and presidential palaces of the Arab world, Shereen El Feki has been looking at upheaval a little closer to home – in the

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The British Dream
David Goodhart

Atlantic

In The British Dream, David Goodhart tells the story of post-war immigration and charts a course for its future. Drawing on hundreds of interviews with people from all over the country and a wealth

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The Confidence Trap
David Runciman

Princeton UP

Why do democracies keep lurching from success to failure? The current financial crisis is just the latest example of how things continue to go wrong, just when it looked like they were

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The General
Ahmed Errachidi

Chatto and Windus

On 11 September 2001, in a café in London, Ahmed Errachidi watched as the twin towers collapsed. He was appalled by the loss of innocent life. But he couldn’t possibly have predicted

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The Tragedy of Liberation
Frank Dikötter

Bloomsbury

In 1949 Mao Zedong hoisted the red flag over Beijing’s Forbidden City. Instead of liberating the country, the communists destroyed the old order and replaced it with a repressive system that would

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The World's Most Dangerous Place
James Fergusson

Bantam, Random House

Award-winning journalist James Fergusson is among the few to have witnessed at first hand the devastating reality of life in the failed and desperate state of Somalia. This corner of the world

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The XX Factor
Alison Wolf

Profile

For most of history, being female defined the limits of a woman’s achievements. But now, women are successful careerists equal to men. In Norway, women legally must constitute a third of all

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This Boy
Alan Johnson

Transworld

Alan Johnson’s childhood was not so much difficult as unusual, particularly for a man who was destined to become Home Secretary. Not in respect of the poverty, which was shared with many