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Two books reveal the influence of both the ancient and modern Hellenic world on western science, thought and geopolitics
Darren Byler’s field study of Xinjiang evokes the shadow of concentration camps — with the added cruelty of a 21st-century surveillance system
Raised in London, now based in Prague, the author has put her own protagonists on the move in her latest novel
Creepiness in corporate America; conspiracy theory culture; towns that go missing; and building on a classic by HG Wells
Three books present a case for optimism ahead of the COP26 summit, and in the face of looming environmental catastrophe
Inanimate objects — including the book itself — become characters in Ruth Ozeki’s strikingly self-referential novel
The Irish writer gives a personal and empathetic account of the social upheavals his country has weathered since 1958
A newly translated collection of poetry by a writer revered in her native India offers a sense of sisterhood
When three men writing as a woman won the world’s richest literary prize, outrage followed. So who is allowed to write what — and should we care?
The Booker-winner’s second detective novel under his own name sees Dr Quirke return for a sun-kissed crime caper in San Sebastián
This examination of couturier Christian’s sister, French Resistance heroine Catharine, reveals her wartime bravery and postwar alienation
This investigation of cold war manoeuvring sees the west as undermining fledgling democracies for geopolitical and economic ends
FT writers nominate awe-inspiring places to get your literary fix, from Mumbai to Buenos Aires
Following new paths to sustainability, from farming to fashion...
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 rural English cottage and an exquisite Arizona adobe befit Bilbo Baggins’ desires for cosiness and sociability surrounded by nature
An incisively argued and thrilling moment-by-moment examination of one of the French Revolution’s most dramatic days
Hillary Clinton follows Bill into thriller territory; murder in Sixties LA; short stories from Sara Paretsky; and a valediction for Montalbano
TV scriptwriters awarded Spain’s Planeta prize for their work under the pseudonym Carmen Mola
The neuroscientist says our perceptions have little to do with intelligence and everything to do with sensing our environment to stay alive
Two authors offer well-researched homages to the survival of the fittest of the UK’s Arcadian estates
There’s nothing Minnie the Minx about the returns on these comics
The story of how a low-cost means of investment democratised finance and perhaps even changed capitalism
From the problems with seeking fulfilment at work to new ways of assessing risk, here are this month’s top titles
An imagined life of a 12th-century nun and writer on courtly love brings a subversive slant to life in a ‘flawed female utopia’
The Pulitzer-winner’s new novel follows a tale through time and makes the case that all stories are, in the end, the same
A new look at two giants of postwar economics whose views shaped the free market
From Bridget Riley and William Egglestone to Oscar Murillo, a selection of artists are shown in a new light
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
Le Carré’s ability to inhabit the deepest recesses of his characters is on sparkling display in his final completed book
It’s been 50 years since three iconic publications warned of environmental suicide. So what can they teach us?
Q&A with the novelist on Flaubert, education and wanting to be one of the Famous Five
Understated Tanzanian exile who writes of lives caught in the tidal waves of history
Who needs Bond? The writer’s gritty, forward-looking cold war spy novels, now released as Penguin Modern Classics, captured the true energy of the 1960s
The third Lucy Barton novel adds another satisfying piece to the character’s complex jigsaw