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Words of hope on the climate crisis, the CIA’s neocolonial manoeuvres in Africa, Fintan O’Toole’s memoir of modern Ireland, the fall of Robespierre, new novels from Ruth Ozeki and John Banville — plus Barry Forshaw’s round-up of the best new crime fiction
A newly translated collection of poetry by a writer revered in her native India offers a sense of sisterhood
Three books present a case for optimism ahead of the COP26 summit, and in the face of looming environmental catastrophe
An incisively argued and thrilling moment-by-moment examination of one of the French Revolution’s most dramatic days
Two authors offer well-researched homages to the survival of the fittest of the UK’s Arcadian estates
A new look at two giants of postwar economics whose views shaped the free market
Two books champion rarely heard voices to chart the chaos and convulsions that blighted the country throughout the cold war and beyond
Memoirs from Stevie Van Zandt, Miriam Margolyes and Bob Mortimer, plus reimagined lives from Colm Tóibín and Lauren Groff
As tech innovation continues to reshape our world, how can we best counter the disruptions it causes?
A poet follows the courses of the city’s lost rivers in a lyrical meditation on landscapes that is part social history, part memoir
Two books written by Germans assess the final days of the Third Reich — and the rebuilding of a newly divided nation
Patrick Mackie’s guide shakes us out of taking the easy beauty of the composer’s music for granted
Although the gap in some attitudes is not that far apart, the financial gulf between baby boomers and the age groups that have followed is substantial
The FT’s Whitehall editor provides a fascinating travelogue in search of the north of England’s political shift to the right
This family-memoir-cum-travelogue is a paean to tolerance between faiths and communities
The 700th anniversary of the Italian poet’s death is marked by a new translation and two studies exploring his enduring influence
John Koenig’s The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows taps into a long tradition of linguistic inventiveness
Reflections from a senior US official with a working-class British background makes for a valuable and riveting historic read
Max Chafkin’s biography dishes up controversial titbits about the tech tycoon — but teeters on the verge of score-settling
This enjoyable survey of female inheritors focuses more on the eccentric and feckless than the enlightened and philanthropic
This biography of the great German writer places his work at the heart of the catastrophes of 20th-century history
This sharply observed memoir evokes the many struggles of an undocumented Chinese family in New York, told from the perspective of the author as a seven-year-old child
The Enlightenment torchbearer is eloquent in his defence of clear thinking and uncharitable to what he deems irrational belief
The cellist talks about uncovering Bach’s religious symbolism in his new book and why he hates ‘overconfident famous musicians’
Two books bring insights into the radical political ruptures wrought by the pandemic