Society books

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Brainwashed: A New History of Thought Control by Daniel Pick review
This brilliant exploration of psychological manipulation takes in both Mao’s China and the American dream

Kathryn Hughes

29, Jun, 2022 @6:30 AM

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The Kingdom of Sand by Andrew Holleran; Fire Island by Jack Parlett – review
The author of gay cult classic Dancer from the Dance moves on from disco-fuelled revels to ‘death’s antechamber’ in his august portrait of a man for whom duty calls in Florida

Peter Conrad

26, Jun, 2022 @6:00 AM

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The big idea: are we responsible for the things we do wrong?
Context is crucial, but does that really mean we can leave free will out of the picture?

Farrah Jarral

20, Jun, 2022 @11:30 AM

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The Digital Republic by Jamie Susskind review – why the west was no match for the tech giants
The power of tech corporations is a threat to democracy, yet governments are reluctant to take action. This refreshing book picks apart the ideology that holds them back

John Naughton

19, Jun, 2022 @6:00 AM

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The book that tore publishing apart: ‘Harm has been done, and now everyone’s afraid’
Kate Clanchy’s memoir about teaching won the Orwell prize. Then, a year later, it became the centre of a storm that would engulf the lives of the author, her critics and dozens of people in the book trade. So what happened?

Gaby Hinsliff

18, Jun, 2022 @8:00 AM

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I Heard What You Said by Jeffrey Boakye review – reflections of a Black school teacher
Timely insights into the ways in which Britain’s education system is failing to cater for all of its students

Joseph Harker

17, Jun, 2022 @6:30 AM

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Love and the Novel by Christina Lupton review – an intimate literary journey
An affair drives the author’s highly charged exploration of love in fiction, from marriage to adultery, parenthood to friendship

Lara Feigel

16, Jun, 2022 @9:57 AM

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The Prince Rupert Hotel for the Homeless by Christina Lamb review – bed, breakfast and respect
This insightful and humble account of a four-star establishment which took in rough sleepers amid the pandemic finds grounds for slender hope

Hephzibah Anderson

13, Jun, 2022 @6:00 AM

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The Social Distance Between Us by Darren McGarvey review – it’s a long, long way from Westminster
Darren McGarvey’s angry study of how ‘remote politics’ has robbed ordinary people of power has solutions that may make uncomfortable reading even for ‘progressives’

John Harris

12, Jun, 2022 @6:00 AM

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How Minds Change by David McRaney review
A fascinating exploration of how beliefs are formed ends up asking whether it’s always right to want to win the argument

Katy Guest

09, Jun, 2022 @8:00 AM

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The big idea: is a world without violent conflict really possible?
Human beings will always hurt one another. It’s how we respond that’s crucial, says the Archbishop of Canterbury

Justin Welby

06, Jun, 2022 @11:30 AM

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The Case Against the Sexual Revolution by Louise Perry review – a potent, plain-speaking womanifesto
This unusually lucid commentary on sex in the 21st-century, informed by the author’s work in a rape crisis centre, is daring and important

Rachel Cooke

06, Jun, 2022 @6:00 AM

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