Society books

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Becoming Abolitionists by Derecka Purnell review – the case for defunding the police
This compelling book from a lawyer and writer who grew up amid violence argues that prevention is better than cure

Nesrine Malik

21, Oct, 2021 @6:30 AM

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The Transgender Issue by Shon Faye review – a call for compassion
A former lawyer details the ways in which society is failing trans people, and makes a plea for empathy

Fiona Sturges

13, Oct, 2021 @10:00 AM

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Manifesto by Bernardine Evaristo review – a rallying cry
A memoir and manual of careers advice for creatives

Kuba Shand-Baptiste

13, Oct, 2021 @6:30 AM

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The big idea: should we work less?
A shorter working week could benefit society, the environment - even the economy. Is it time to reassess our relationship with our jobs?

Sarah Jaffe

11, Oct, 2021 @7:00 AM

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Hot Air by Peter Stott review – the battle against climate change denial
A personal account of one climate scientist’s struggle to promote facts in the face of contrarian prejudice

Philip Ball

09, Oct, 2021 @6:30 AM

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Feminism for Women by Julie Bindel review – equality is not enough
Bindel makes a call to reset the feminist movement and resist the normalisation of sexual violence

Kathryn Hughes

06, Oct, 2021 @8:00 AM

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Shutdown by Adam Tooze; After the Virus by Hilary Cooper and Simon Szreter – review
While Tooze brilliantly chronicles Covid-19’s impact on political thinking and our working lives, Cooper and Szreter identify the lessons we must learn from our forebears to rebuild

Will Hutton

03, Oct, 2021 @10:00 AM

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The End of Bias by Jessica Nordell review – how to remove your blinkers
This thoughtful case for mounting a lifelong challenge to our own assumptions focuses on unconscious bias – but leaves overt prejudice largely unexamined

Angela Saini

02, Oct, 2021 @6:30 AM

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A Hunter-Gatherer’s Guide to the 21st Century review – self-help laced with pseudoscience
Heather Heying and Bret Weinstein attempt to show how human nature is at odds with modern society, but their science, and style, grates

Stuart Ritchie

24, Sep, 2021 @8:00 AM

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‘I Know Who Caused Covid-19’ review – the global blame game
Zhou Xun and Sander Gilman show how fear and poor terminology have fuelled racial prejudice during the pandemic

Devi Sridhar

23, Sep, 2021 @6:30 AM

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The Transgender Issue by Shon Faye review – a cry for compassion
The author gives a stark, unapologetic account of how the difficulties faced by trans people are made worse by moral panic

Felix Moore

19, Sep, 2021 @8:00 AM

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Listen by Kathryn Mannix review – a wise guide to finding the right words
From adoption to sexuality, early pregnancy to death, a palliative care doctor explores the discussions we often try to avoid

Joanna Cannon

16, Sep, 2021 @6:30 AM

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