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Is it right that they come?

Peter Smith | 14 March 2014 | FEATURES |  
tags: book reviews, immigration, multiculturalism
A British economist shows that migrants as well as hosts can be big losers from migration.

Fukushima: a man-made disaster

Leigh Dale | 13 March 2014 | FEATURES |  
tags: book reviews, disasters, Fukushima
When the 2011 tsunami hit a Japanese nuclear plant it was officialdom that went into meltdown, according to a new book.

Democracy in times of crisis

John Keane | 26 February 2014 | FEATURES |  
tags: book reviews, democracy
Without strong leaders democracies can only muddle through.

Being and Being Bought

Pauline Cooper-Ioelu | 17 February 2014 | FEATURES |  
tags: book reviews, feminism, prostitution, surrogacy
A new feminist book sees both prostitution and surrogacy as anti-woman.

Through the underworld to transcendence

Michael Kirke | 07 February 2014 | FEATURES |  
tags: book reviews, fiction
Donna Tartt's splendid third novel The Goldfinch is a sharp critique of corrupt Western culture.

From Grantham to grandeur

Francis Phillips | 19 January 2014 | FEATURES |  
tags: biography, book reviews, Margaret Thatcher, UK
Jonathan Aitken has written a sympathetic but perceptive biography of Margaret Thatcher.

The sinner repents?

Peter Smith | 29 December 2013 | FEATURES |  
tags: book reviews, British politics, media, spin doctors
A warts-and-all tale of one of Britain's legendary spin-doctors, Damian McBride, the press officer to Gordon Brown.

Penelope Fitzgerald: the valiant life of a mother and novelist

Francis Phillips | 19 December 2013 | FEATURES |  
tags: biography, book reviews, women writers
Domestic hardship meant the British writer was 60 before she could launch her career.

Year Zero: A History of 1945

Francis Phillips | 13 December 2013 | FEATURES |  
tags: book reviews, World War II
What happens after a war is often as painful as the war itself.

Faith and family, society’s double helix

Daniel Blackman | 21 November 2013 | FEATURES |  
tags: book reviews, family values, secularisation
Religion needs the family as much as the family needs religion.

Reason should be open to God

Leonard Franchi | 19 November 2013 | FEATURES |  
tags: Benedict XVI, book reviews, education, liberal education
Benedict XVI had provocative ideas about the true nature of education.

Red Love: The Story of an East German Family

Francis Phillips | 15 November 2013 | FEATURES |  
tags: book reviews, East Germany, World War II
The Berlin Wall fell in 1989 but much remains to be understood.

A radical’s road out of Islamist extremism

Jennifer S. Bryson | 12 November 2013 | FEATURES |  
tags: book reviews, Islam
Leaving something so powerful and controlling does not happen overnight.

Permanent Present Tense

Francis Phillips | 21 October 2013 | FEATURES |  
tags: book reviews, memory, neuroscience
The moving story of a man whose memory was limited to what happened 30 seconds ago.

The making of a polemicist

Megan Hodder | 15 October 2013 | FEATURES |  
tags: autobiography, book reviews, Richard Dawkins
Richard Dawkins' memoir of his early years is charming but provides little insight into his later career as the bête noire of religion.

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