‘Upscaling Downtown’, by Richard Ocejo

A sentimental side of New York that skips the darker areas

Joseph Ferdinand Keppler’s ‘The Pirate Publisher’, an illustration that appeared in Puck magazine, 1886

‘The Copyright Wars’, by Peter Baldwin

Today’s disputes between publishers and technology companies over online theft are just the latest chapter in a centuries-long saga. Review by John Gapper

‘The Churchill Factor’, by Boris Johnson

The London mayor’s defence of Winston Churchill is a bravura performance. Review by Peter Clarke

Book cover of 'The Mighty Dead' by Adam Nicolson

‘The Mighty Dead’, by Adam Nicolson

For Adam Nicolson, Homer’s ‘fearless encounter with the dreadful’ is as relevant as ever. Review by Sarah Bakewell

‘Rising Ground’, by Philip Marsden

A journey on foot into the Cornish soul. Review by William Taylor

‘The New Pirates’, Andrew Palmer

The impact of piracy on the global shipping industry

‘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

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

Patrick Leigh Fermor (right) and William Stanley Moss disguised as military policemen in Crete during the second world war
©Estate of William Stanley Moss

‘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

‘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