Former US presidents George W Bush (front) and his father George HW Bush, pitch before a Texas Rangers game in 2010
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George W Bush on his father’s presidency

The 43rd president shows a gift for narrative as he seeks to jump-start a reassessment of his father’s legacy – and settles some old scores along the way

Vladimir Lenin and Joseph Stalin, August 1922
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‘Stalin, Volume 1’, by Stephen Kotkin

Did Stalin’s crimes betray the Russian Revolution – or continue it? A new biography suggests the latter

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‘Frog’, by Mo Yan

An impressive novel tells of the brutality of China’s one-child policy. Review by Tash Aw

Armed anti-Treaty members of the Irish Republican Army in Dublin, 1922
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‘Vivid Faces’, by RF Foster

How the men and women who made the Irish revolution were themselves made into revolutionaries. Review by Duncan Kelly

June Ritchie, a British film and television actress, photographed c1965
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‘Funny Girl’, by Nick Hornby

In his first novel for five years, the author turns his attention to swinging London and 1960s light entertainment. Review by Henry Hitchings

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‘The Game of Our Lives’, by David Goldblatt

How the creation of the Premier League restored English football’s fortunes – at a price. Review by John Sunyer

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‘Some Luck’, by Jane Smiley

A farming family adapts to changing times in the first part of an Iowa trilogy. Review by Rebecca Abrams

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‘Engel’s England’, by Matthew Engel

The author shows his eye for the entertaining factual nugget in a good-humoured journey through England. Review by Michael Prodger

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‘F’, by Daniel Kehlmann

A mind-bendingly circular tale of three brothers intrigues. Review by Julius Purcell

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‘Carsick’, by John Waters

Review by Alexander Gilmour