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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‘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

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‘Neurotribes’, by Steve Silberman

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

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

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‘Paper Tiger’, by Xu Zhiyuan

The land where oppression meets opportunity

‘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

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

‘The Secret War’, by Max Hastings

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

‘The Face of Britain’, by Simon Schama

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