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The few and the many

Could the pursuit of equality be philosophically indefensible? Julian Baggini considers the arguments over the ‘1 per cent’

Margaret Thatcher greets a crowd in Moscow during an official visit to the USSR in 1987
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‘Margaret Thatcher’, by Charles Moore

The second instalment of the former prime minister’s authorised biography illuminates her mid-1980s glory years. Review by John Lloyd

‘Pond’, by Claire-Louise Bennett

A story collection that exults in solitude. Review by Catherine Taylor

A cup of tea
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‘The Road to Little Dribbling’, by Bill Bryson

Matthew Engel succumbs to the charm of a new British travelogue

‘The Global Transformation of Time 1870-1950’, by Vanessa Ogle

Jeffrey Wasserstrom is impressed by a history of efforts to bring clocks and calendars into line

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‘The Mountain Shadow’, by Gregory David Roberts

Timeless truths and heightened experiences are the currency of the sequel to ‘Shantaram’. Review by Tim Martin

Book cover of Patti Smith's 'M Train'

‘M Train’, by Patti Smith

Is Patti Smith the coolest woman in the world? Her new memoir makes a persuasive case. Review by Suzi Feay

‘The Crossing’, by Andrew Miller

Like its cryptic female protagonist, this seventh novel resists classification. Review by Francesca Wade

Front cover of ‘Neurotribes’, by Steve Silberman

‘Neurotribes’, by Steve Silberman

A rich amalgam of social history and reportage that explores changing attitudes to autism. Review by Ian Thomson

‘Up Against the Night’, by Justin Cartwright

A returning expat is haunted by an ancestor’s bloody demise in this South Africa-set novel. Review by Alexander Gilmour