Books

Ancient Roman painting

Robert A. Segal on an overview of religion in the Roman Empire that emphasises the similarities between three belief systems

Phrenology

Luna C. M. Centifanti on the problems surrounding research practices in psychology and how they can be corrected

Chinese temple

Jonathan Mirsky on a complex history of a country struggling to regain control of itself

Father and son riding bicycles

Steven Rose on an eloquent explanation of the rapid mechanisms of human cognitive evolution

Abortion protest

Book of the week: Mary Evans praises a life’s work addressing the inherent gender inequalities in the legal system

masks

The legacy of imperialism, premonitory terror in France, bringing things back home, the wisdom of Freud, and the ethics of face transplants

Person sat reading book at table

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Albatross

Art, business and politics – the story of a disruptive publisher is far from dry, says Robert Eaglestone

Lego Hamlet

What use is the Bard? In politics or life, what you do with his plays is up to you, finds Peter J. Smith

Factory

Vicky Duckworth on the injustice and discrimination that means many working women do not fulfil their potential

Equality

Steven Vaughan admires a powerful, rich and moving legal history of same-sex union

Scientists

Laura Bowater appreciates a layperson’s guide to identifying scientific fact from fiction

Zeynep Tufekci

The author reminisces about the power of reading, the kindness of shopkeepers and the importance of protest

Person reading books in library

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protest

Book of the week: Modern feminism can learn much from the women who visited revolutionary Russia, says Lara Douds

An image of Satan from Paradise Lost

Willy Maley revisits Milton’s epic poem with a brilliant study that fully engages the senses

A woman in a US supermarket

Lisa Mckenzie heaps praise on a study that records the emotional costs of complicated household budgets

Albert Camus, Jack Kerouac, Miles Davis, Billie Holiday and Lorraine Hansberry

Bogie, Billie and Brando had it, but ‘it’ is a quality in constant flux, says Robert Eaglestone

Trafficked woman sitting in the dark

A brilliant study examines the wide variety of markets for trafficked human beings, writes Jonathan Mirsky

Four people sitting in a row reading books

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