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Chris Patten reviews a charming and beautifully observed portrait of the Cévennes and Nimes by Adam Thorpe, author of Ulverton

Antonia Fraser chronicles the struggle for Catholic emancipation.

Could have been otherwise for Thatcher if she had herself been more of a feminist? Caroline Slocock purports to assess how misogyny frames the picture we see of our first female Prime Minister.

Human dramas set against the life of trees

Sue Black on the painstaking work of a forensic anthropologist

Evelyn Waugh and his Oxford

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An uncompromising critique of the Francis papacy that misses its essence.

Military historian Antony Beevor's sometimes angry account of the ill-planned 1944 Battle of Arnhem.

Ex-Slits guitarist Viv Albertine's autobiography 'To Throw Away Unopened' is a beguiling exercise in family exposure.

A dry and listless analysis of the student radicalism of 1968

An incurable romantic's travels in Pakistan to capture all the mad, bewitching, beloved parts of the country before they disappeared.

Michael Arditti's novel Of Men and Angels was inspired by the story of Lot and the destruction of Sodom (Genesis 18-19).

26 April 2018 | by Richard Holloway

Count thou my unbeliefs: John Gray's anatomy of atheism

John Gray's Seven Types of Atheism is an admirably lucid tour of the many surrogates for religious belief

Oliver Hilmes’ pen portrait of Berlin in 1936 immerses the reader in a city still resistant to totalitarian control.

Criminal or hero? An admirably detached reassessment of General Franco, Spain’s fascist leader

While Tablet readers may find it reasonably familiar, this world of sin, Heaven and hell must surely be alien to many contemporary fiction fans, but Harvey’s imagination, and her empathy for medieval Oakham, make this a convincing tale.


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