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A biography of the modernist poet-painter portrays a tormented soul for whom every object evoked meaning

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A humming novel that takes aim at ‘authenticity’ and the appropriation of black music

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The American writer on presidents, political responsibility and using the ‘magical mind’

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An illuminating history of the Daily Mail listens in to a century-long ‘conversation between friends’

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A history of the country’s 20th-century efforts to reassert itself is a corrective to the official narrative

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A novel that pits Christianity against adultery

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National pride is explored in an ambitious family saga

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Ahead of the FT Weekend Oxford Literary Festival, Christopher de Hamel looks at the medieval origins of the city’s intelligentsia

How growing awareness of other minds, both natural and artificial, is prompting a reassessment of our place in the world

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