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Front cover of ‘My History’, by Antonia Fraser

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A historian’s reflection on her extraordinary parents and the development of her own craft. Review by Virginia Rounding

‘Young Eliot’, by Robert Crawford

An impressive account of TS Eliot’s formative years. Review by John Sutherland

Front cover of ‘Guantánamo Diary’, by Mohamedou Ould Slahi

‘Guantánamo Diary’, by Mohamedou Ould Slahi

The memoir of a man held without trial in Guantánamo is an indictment of US policy. Review by Philippe Sands

‘Confronting Political Islam’, by John Owen

This wide-angle view of historical conflicts states that foreign interventions are inevitable at times of grand, transnational ideological upheaval

‘The Organised Mind’, by Daniel J Levitin; ‘The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying’, by Marie Kondo

Two very different books claim they can help us to cope with the excess of information, tasks and belongings. Review by Tim Harford

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‘When the Facts Change: Essays 1995-2010’, by Tony Judt

The author realised early that a post-cold war Europe would have to rethink its history. He would have been worried by its present. Review by Mark Mazower

‘Quite a Good Time to be Born: A Memoir 1935-1974’, by David Lodge

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The author reflects on academic life, Catholicism and 20th-century social change. Review by Suzi Feay

‘A Stranger in My Own Country’, by Hans Fallada

Author’s account reveals much about the Third Reich but also exposes his naivety. Review by Roger Moorhouse

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‘The Iron Cage of Liberalism’, by Daniel Ritter

The author examines the ‘iron cage of liberalism’ that held many Middle Eastern autocrats

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