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Non-fiction Review: Agent Storm by Morten Storm

What makes a member of a violent biker gang put aside his leather jacket and cocaine for the austerity of an Islamic school in Yemen? And when that man has become the confidante of some of the leading lights of

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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: Chasing the Devil by Tim Butcher

If it wasn’t the least promising expedition into uncharted territory ever attempted, it must have been close. In 1934, a sickly-looking Englishman light-heartedly asked his socialite cousin to join him on an expedition to Liberia, which was one of the

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Non-fiction Review: The Pigeon Tunnel by John Le Carré

I discovered John Le Carré in Bangkok’s Chatuchak Market. I picked out a battered paperback Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy from a tiny used book stall. It looked as though it had been round Southeast Asia in a few backpacks, but

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Fugee by Hawa Jande Golakai

If you’ve been around here for any length of time, you’ll know how I love to pontificate. Yesterday, I found a short memoir so powerful that all I have to say about it are two words: read it. It opens:

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