England’s Simon Jones celebrates a wicket in the 2005 Ashes series
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Britain’s finest sporting moments

Matthew Engel on cricket, and the nation’s sometimes troubled relationship with its sporting heroes

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‘Notes on the Death of Culture’, by Mario Vargas Llosa

A provocative essay collection from the Nobel Prize-winning novelist. Review by Adam Feinstein

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‘You Don’t Have to Live Like This’, by Benjamin Markovits

A dotcom tycoon’s attempts to regenerate a blighted city point up the limitations of Silicon Valley’s can-do culture. Review by Francesca Wade

‘Capitalism’, by John Plender

The debate over capitalism shows no sign of being resolved. Review by David Priestland

‘The Blue Between Sky and Water’, by Susan Abulhawa

A Palestinian family saga that blends the supernatural with a bitter tale of dispossession and exile. Review by Azadeh Moaveni

Front cover of ‘The Seven Good Years’, by Etgar Keret

‘The Seven Good Years’, by Etgar Keret

A series of essays that delight in the absurdities of life. Review by Rebecca Abrams

‘Lucky Alan and Other Stories’, by Jonathan Lethem

Nine brisk stories offer a wild ride across the boundaries of language, artifice and genre. Review by Erica Wagner

Front cover of ‘Between the World and Me’, by Ta-Nehisi Coates

‘Between the World and Me’, by Ta-Nehisi Coates

A long letter from a father to his son eloquently exposes racism in America. Review by Neil Munshi

‘Two Hours’, by Ed Caesar

Review by Orlando Bird

Front cover of ‘Memoirs of a Dipper’, by Nell Leyshon

‘Memoirs of a Dipper’, by Nell Leyshon

Review by Lydia Winter