The power of negotiation

Diplomatic successes have convinced George Mitchell and Jonathan Powell that seemingly irreconcilable differences can be bridged

SpaceX and Tesla Motors founder and chief Elon Musk, pictured in 2013 in Los Angeles
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‘Elon Musk’, by Ashlee Vance

A riveting biography of Elon Musk charts the rise of Silicon Valley’s most driven entrepreneur since Steve Jobs. Review by Richard Waters

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‘All Involved’, by Ryan Gattis

Novel set during the 1992 LA riots thrills and unsettles with its portrait of gang life

‘The Good Story’, by JM Coetzee and Arabella Kurtz

A novelist and a psychotherapist seek common ground. Review by Talitha Stevenson

‘Orient’, by Christopher Bollen

Friction between locals and incomers drives an absorbing thriller set in a Long Island town. Review by Josh de la Mare

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‘The Adventures of Sir Thomas Browne in the 21st Century’, by Hugh Aldersey-Williams

A journey through the work of the 17th-century polymath. Review by Ian Thomson

Front cover of ‘Girl at War’, by Sara Nović

‘Girl at War’, by Sara Nović

A potent debut novel that explores the experiences of a child caught up in Yugoslavia’s civil war. Review by Rebecca Abrams

Front cover of 'Potsdam’, by Michael Neiberg

‘Potsdam’, by Michael Neiberg

A crisp account of the talks that laid the foundations for Europe’s postwar recovery. Review by Tony Barber

‘Wake Up, Sir!’, by Jonathan Ames

Review by Alexander Gilmour

Front cover of ‘The Upright Thinkers’, by Leonard Mlodinow

‘The Upright Thinkers’, by Leonard Mlodinow

Review by Jamie Waters