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Fiction Review: You Beneath Your Skin by Damyanti Biswas

If nobody who has influence thinks it’s worth using it for you, what’s to stop them using you? The answer, it appears when the New Delhi police find the body of a raped and mutilated woman, is nothing at all.

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Non-fiction Review: Homo Deus by Yuval Noah Harari

Like most people with an interest in the future, I tend to drop the William Gibson quote from time to time: The future is already here — it’s just not very evenly distributed. It felt like the central thesis of

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Non-fiction Review: What’s Your Type by Merve Emre

When Merve Emre asked for Isabel Briggs-Myers’s papers held by the University of Florida, a ‘gentle and apologetic’ librarian told her she would never be allowed to see them. It makes for an intriguing opening as, like Emre herself, I

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Non-fiction Review: The Road to En-Dor by EH Jones

It started as a joke. It became an extraordinary trial of physical and psychological endurance. It’s not hard to imagine the tedium of a group of energetic young men confined in a prisoner-of-war camp, and the lengths they might go

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Non-fiction Review: I Contain Multitudes by Ed Yong

When a first chapter persuades me I’m wrong about something, I know reading the book was a good decision. In the case of I Contain Multitudes, that first chapter debunked a ‘fact’ I’ve used in lectures: that the human body

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Fiction Review: Rogue Male by Geoffrey Household

I distrust patriotism; the reasonable man can find little in these days that is worth dying for. But dying against – there’s enough iniquity in Europe to carry the most urbane or decadent into battle. No, that’s not a Brexit

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