Ted Hughes with Sylvia Plath in 1958
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‘Ted Hughes: The Unauthorised Life’, by Jonathan Bate

An ‘unauthorised’ biography of the poet raises troubling questions, writes John Sutherland

‘The Seven Corporal Works of Mercy’ by David Teniers the Younger (1610-90)
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‘Strangers Drowning’, by Larissa MacFarquhar

Sophie Elmhirst on an impressive attempt to let ‘do-gooders’ explain themselves on their own terms

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‘The Gap of Time’, by Jeanette Winterson

Could this retelling of Shakespeare’s play have done more to challenge the original? Review by Jan Dalley

Front cover of ‘The Hidden Wealth of Nations’, by Gabriel Zucman

‘The Hidden Wealth of Nations’, by Gabriel Zucman

A young economist hailed by Thomas Piketty sets out a plan for tackling tax havens. Review by Vanessa Houlder

‘List of the Lost’, by Morrissey

Clunky wit, gibberish, bad sex: this short novel packs a lot in. Review by Ludovic Hunter-Tilney

‘The Face of Britain’, by Simon Schama

An energetic and wide-ranging survey of portraiture in Britain over the centuries. Review by David Ekserdjian

‘The Secret War’, by Max Hastings

Christopher Silvester on a crisply argued history of second world war espionage

‘Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights’, by Salman Rushdie

This latter-day fairytale has some witty flourishes but lacks emotional heft. Review by Alice Albinia

‘The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet’, by Becky Chambers

Review by James Lovegrove

‘Sorcerer to the Crown’, by Zen Cho

Review by James Lovegrove