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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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