A pair of high heel shoes is placed on shore in front of a yacht
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The inequality debate

Have the wealthy rewritten the rules to suit themselves? Or have the disaffected forgotten how rich they really are? By Mark Vandevelde

U.K. ENGLAND. 2007. Cotswolds. Hidcote Manor Gardens. National Trust.

‘Being Mortal’, by Atul Gawande

A surgeon’s humane reflections on ageing, illness and the need to listen to those nearing the end of their lives. Review by Diana Athill

Illustration of Clive James by Luke Waller
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‘Poetry Notebook: 2006-2014’, by Clive James

The author looks back at the poets who have resonated with him over the years, from Walt Whitman to Sylvia Plath. Review by Elaine Feinstein

Richard Flanagan in London the day after he won the Man Booker prize
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Interview: Richard Flanagan, Man Booker 2014 winner

The Australian author tells Lorien Kite he’s ‘astonished’ by the success of his novel ‘The Narrow Road to the Deep North’

‘The Second Half’, by Roy Keane with Roddy Doyle

Roy Keane can be his own worst enemy but he has found a perfect co-writer. Review by Neil O’Sullivan

‘The Last Lover’, by Can Xue, translated by Annelise Finegan Wasmoen

‘The Last Lover’, by Can Xue

East meets west in a phantasmagorical tale from an avant-garde Chinese author. Review by David Evans

‘The Yellow Peril: Dr Fu Manchu and the Rise of Chinaphobia’, by Christopher Frayling

‘The Yellow Peril’, by Christopher Frayling

How a fictional arch-villain embodied and helped to reinforce western myths about China. Review by Jeffrey Wasserstrom

‘Unmanned’, by Dan Fesperman

‘Unmanned’, by Dan Fesperman

A first-class thriller that explores how drones may spell the end of privacy. Review by Raymond Bonner

Patrick Leigh Fermor (right) and William Stanley Moss disguised as military policemen in Crete during the second world war
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‘Abducting a General’; ‘Kidnap in Crete’

Patrick Leigh Fermor’s abduction of a German general in Crete is a thrilling story. But was it worth it? Review by Christopher Silvester

Women in Dark Times book cover

‘Women in Dark Times’, by Jacqueline Rose

Review by India Ross