Samir Arora photographed in 1998 giving a talk to staff at NetObjects

Secrets of Silicon Valley: dress down, be original

The lessons drawn by high-tech entrepreneurs reveal much about an often misunderstood world

'Ice (Nr 1)' by Stefan Hunstein

‘This Changes Everything’, by Naomi Klein

A call for radical action to combat climate change. Review by Pilita Clark

‘Shark’, by Will Self

Unsettled characters are consumed by their own appetites in Will Self’s challenging new novel. Review by Ludovic Hunter-Tilney

‘How We Are’, by Vincent Deary

A psychologist seeks to reconcile a view of the automated self with the possibility of change. Review by Antonia Macaro

‘Perfidia’, by James Ellroy

A hard-boiled tale of racism and corruption in 1940s LA. Review by Ian Thomson

‘Victoria: A Life’, by AN Wilson

A passionate queen long portrayed as a stiff, joyless figure is admirably served by her latest biographer. Review by John Sutherland

‘Painting Death’, by Tim Parks

A serial killer relocated to Verona offers to curate an exhibition about violence. Review by Linda Grant

‘Civil War: The History of England Volume III’, by Peter Ackroyd

A new history of Stuart England misreads the religious passions of the era. Review by Diane Purkiss

China Dolls - books cover

‘China Dolls’, by Lisa See

Review by India Ross

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‘The Moth’, edited by Catherine Burns

Review by Orlando Bird