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Richard Bassett’s memoir of Trieste, Vienna and Prague recalls the charms of a lost world

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New biography Mr Five Per Cent by Jonathan Conlin explores the many lives of one of the world’s richest men

Are tech companies manipulating data to control human behaviour — or are their leaders simply naive?

The two rightwingers forged today’s nation by preventing a viable Palestinian state

The author talks about his collection of 12 connected stories that create a telling picture of a fragmented world

The Library Book by Susan Orlean, a gripping profile of the LA central library, makes the case for these once-radical institutions

This sympathetic profile of a nation falls short on balance and scrutiny of its populist leader


A writer navigates the complexities of memory in this study of an ill-fated love affair


This 1992 novel, published in English for the first time, is an empathetic study of German guilt


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