Books

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Scholars and senior sector figures reveal the books they’ll be reading over the summer break – for work or pleasure or both – in part two of our annual round-up of holiday reads

Man on beach reading
Scholars and senior sector figures reveal the books they’ll be reading over the summer break – for work or pleasure or both
City of London skyline

Lisa Mckenzie on the property speculation that extracts profit from a global city by pushing out the working classes

Squatters on sofas

Takeovers of empty properties reveal different conceptions of community, Clare Griffiths writes

What’s in a book cover? Grace Lees-Maffei examines a history of graphic design in Russian fiction

James Joyce statue

It was cheap reprints that took modernism from niche to popular, says Rebecca Bowler

Book shelf

A weekly look over the shoulders of our scholar-reviewers

Detective looking at fingerprints

Book of the week: Sharon Wheeler investigates how mystery writers play a guessing game with their reader-sleuths

Brent Hayes Edwards

The professor of English and author of Epistrophies discusses the literary works that sing out to him

Table football

Lincoln Allison confronts the objectives of an anecdotal and argumentative narrative

Little girl plays chess with a chimpanzee

When considering what exactly makes one creature equal to another, John Shand finds that an animal’s potential holds the key

Church in Rome

A slim volume masters a millennium’s worth of material, but women fall away, says Rachel Moss

Cemetery in Italy

James Stevens Curl heaps praise on a fascinating study and pays tribute to the scholarly tenacity that it is built on

Sherlock Holmes and Watson

Book of the week: Tom Stafford on an account of how social activity, not brilliant individual deduction, leads to truth

Witch burning

Cultivating climate-friendly habits, a masculine discourse on devilry, how to power up and power through scholarly writing, and Black Power’s push into the centre

Books

A weekly look over the shoulders of our scholar-reviewers

American Wall Street protester

A divided nation where the rich rule the working poor is not limited to fiction, finds Nicola Ingram

People at the job centre

For those interested in imagining the kind of world we want to live in, Guy Standing’s case for providing all citizens with a basic income makes a convincing read, says Lorenza Antonucci

King Lear

An actor’s eye and ear brings fresh insight to aspects of the Bard’s works, says Lisa Hopkins

Jane Austen

Shahidha Bari follows the historical trail to see how the author of Pride and Prejudice became the celebrity figure we know today