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The best 10 books I read last year

I know it’s a tad late in the season for gift ideas, but books are for life, not just for Christmas so what the hell. Here, in no particular order – well actually they’re in the order I read them … Continue reading

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My year in books – part II – fiction

I still feel like a bit of a novice when it comes to fiction. I read fiction until I was about thirteen – Biggles, The Famous Five, Harry Potter (until the books became off-puttingly long) – and then didn’t pick … Continue reading

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Intellectual porn for introverts: the allure of espionage

I have a soft spot for anything to do with spies. Growing up, I was a reluctant collector of anything, only giving in on rare occasions when I misguidedly thought that doing so would help me to fit in. With … Continue reading

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Venality: a word whose time has come (again)

What’s the connection between John le Carré’s gripping new novel A Delicate Truth and Michael Sandel’s marvellously thought-provoking What Money Can’t Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets? Well apart from the fact that they both made my summer reading list … Continue reading

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