History books

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The War of Nerves by Martin Sixsmith review – inside the cold war mind
The psychology behind an age of nuclear brinkmanship that terrified a generation

PD Smith

26, Nov, 2021 @9:00 AM

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Costa prize 2021 shortlists highlight climate anxiety
Jessie Greengrass’s novel The High House, set in a flood-devastated Suffolk was one of several of the nominees to focus on global heating, said judges

Alison Flood

23, Nov, 2021 @7:30 PM

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The Books of Jacob by Olga Tokarczuk review – a magical mystic tour
The Nobel prize winner’s intriguing account of Jacob Frank, an 18th-century Jewish religious thinker hailed as the Messiah

Anthony Cummins

21, Nov, 2021 @11:00 AM

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Liberty is Sweet review: an American revolution for the many not the few
Woody Holton aims to tell the stories of all who fought for liberty – not just those who kept it for themselves

Michael Henry Adams

20, Nov, 2021 @7:00 AM

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1922: Scenes from a Turbulent Year by Nick Rennison review – a slice of history repeating
A vivid account of a post-pandemic year a century ago when Tutankhamun’s tomb was discovered, the BBC set up and James Joyce’s Ulysses derided

Kathryn Hughes

19, Nov, 2021 @9:00 AM

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Historian Timothy Snyder: ‘It turns out that people really like democracy’
The author of On Tyranny on the lack of historical literacy, how local news has been replaced by Facebook, and why novels matter to him

Tim Adams

13, Nov, 2021 @6:00 PM

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The Wordhord: Daily Life in Old English – a lexical treasure chest
This compendium of words and scholarly asides paints a colourful portrait of the Anglo-Saxon world

Steven Poole

09, Nov, 2021 @10:00 AM

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Can history teach us anything about the future of war – and peace?
A decade on from psychologist Steven Pinker’s declaration that violence is declining, historians show no sign of agreeing a truce

Laura Spinney

07, Nov, 2021 @1:00 PM

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Terence: The Man Who Invented Design by Stephen Bayley and Roger Mavity review – a life and times of the king of style
The contradictions in Terence Conran’s character shine through in this profile by a former protege whose book is a mixture of score-settling and affection

Anthony Quinn

07, Nov, 2021 @11:00 AM

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Wooden bird bought for £75 revealed to be Anne Boleyn’s – and is now worth £200,000
The carved falcon belonging to the ill-fated queen is being loaned back to Hampton Court Palace

Dalya Alberge

07, Nov, 2021 @7:30 AM

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The Secret of Life by Howard Markel review – science and misogyny
A cinematic account of toxic masculinity among 1950s DNA researchers – and a celebration of scientist Rosalind Franklin

Katy Guest

06, Nov, 2021 @7:30 AM

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The Falling Thread by Adam O’Riordan review – deeply satisfying
The poet’s debut novel follows the drama-filled lives of three siblings in Manchester, in the lead up to the first world war

Nicholas Wroe

05, Nov, 2021 @7:30 AM

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