Society books

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How to Stand Up to a Dictator by Maria Ressa review – tales of a moral giant
With this important memoir cum manifesto, the Nobel peace prize-winning journalist who took on Facebook and the murderous Duterte regime in the Philippines exposes the abuse of power

John Naughton

20, Nov, 2022 @11:00 AM

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The Peckham Experiment by Guy Ware review – a tale of idealism and decline
‘Housing is at the heart of everything’: the shadow of Grenfell looms over an engaging, deeply impressive novel about utopian aims in London’s building history

Keiran Goddard

18, Nov, 2022 @7:30 AM

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Nobel peace laureate Maria Ressa: ‘In 2024, democracy could fall off a cliff’
The journalist, who is facing prison in the Philippines, talks about the dark side of social media and why truth is being eroded in politics

Zoe Williams

12, Nov, 2022 @12:00 PM

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Show Me the Bodies: How We Let Grenfell Happen by Peter Apps review – a devastating account of failure
This meticulous study shows that the disaster was rooted in contempt by people in power for those without it

Lynsey Hanley

03, Nov, 2022 @2:33 PM

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Show Me the Bodies: How We Let Grenfell Happen review – damning account of deregulation
In writing that is clear and moving, Peter Apps shows how decades of rhetoric against ‘red tape’ set the scene for the fire that killed 72 people – and how some lessons have yet to be learned

Rowan Moore

30, Oct, 2022 @7:00 AM

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The big idea: is cooperation always a force for good?
What looks like altruism through one lens could be seen as corruption through another

Nichola Raihani

24, Oct, 2022 @11:30 AM

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Brother, do you love me? The cry for help that sparked a care-home rescue mission
When Manni Coe received a disconcerting text from his brother Reuben, who has Down’s syndrome, he decided to remove him from the care system. Now the two tell their story in a new book

Miranda Bryant

15, Oct, 2022 @3:00 PM

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The Secret Diaries of Charles Ignatius Sancho by Paterson Joseph review – a Georgian Black Briton
The actor’s first novel brilliantly conveys the life and times of an 18th-century composer, from his birth on a slave ship to thriving in London society

Natasha Pulley

07, Oct, 2022 @6:30 AM

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Of Boys and Men by Richard Reeves review – the descent of man
A thoughtful analysis of alarming evidence of a male malaise avoids the culture wars, arguing for structural and societal change

Andrew Anthony

03, Oct, 2022 @6:01 AM

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Barbara Ehrenreich obituary
American journalist and author of the bestselling Nickel and Dimed, her 2001 memoir of living undercover on the breadline

Eric Homberger

25, Sep, 2022 @5:33 PM

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The Chaos Machine by Max Fisher review – how social media rewired our world
A stark warning about the extent to which Facebook et al distort our perception of reality

Simon Parkin

22, Sep, 2022 @10:00 AM

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Violence of British empire in focus on Baillie Gifford longlist
Legacy of Violence: A History of the British Empire by Caroline Elkins among potential winners of £50,000 nonfiction prize

Sarah Shaffi

22, Sep, 2022 @8:00 AM

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