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‘A Literary Tour of Italy’, by Tim Parks

Essays on Italy’s literature and politics are lucid and erudite. Review by Ian Thomson

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‘Politics in Commercial Society’, by István Hont

Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Adam Smith are more aligned than we often assume. Review by Duncan Kelly

Mark Sanford in 2009, after admitting his extramarital affair
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‘The Speechwriter’, by Barton Swaim

Politicians may depend on speechwriters but they do not necessarily listen to their advice, writes Edward Luce

The ruins of Urakami Cathedral, Nagasaki, following the atomic bomb in 1945
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‘Nagasaki’, by Susan Southard

A study that explores the legacy of the 1945 bombing through the lives of five survivors. Review by Eri Hotta

‘How Our Days Became Numbered’

When ‘big data’ was collected by typewriter

‘Capitalism’, by John Plender

Why the debate over capitalism shows no sign of being resolved. Review by David Priestland

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‘The Seven Good Years’, by Etgar Keret

A series of essays that delight in the absurdities of life. Review by Rebecca Abrams

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‘Between the World and Me’, by Ta-Nehisi Coates

A long letter from a father to his son eloquently exposes racism in America. Review by Neil Munshi

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‘Notes on the Death of Culture’, by Mario Vargas Llosa

A provocative essay collection from the Nobel Prize-winning novelist. Review by Adam Feinstein

‘Intelligent Person’s Guide to Education’

Outgoing headmaster of Eton College offers comforting advice