Book of the week

Old man on an estate

Book of the week: Is poor housing here to stay? Hopefully not, but one word associated with it has a grip on our culture, says Danny Dorling


Book of the week: Meet the women whose lusty revolution changed the sexual culture of the US, says Laura Frost

Biblical parable of the talents

Book of the week: Great writing can enlighten and encourage dialogue between disciplines, says Gary Morson

The execution of Joseph Oppenheimer

Book of the week: Bryan Cheyette straddles truth and fiction in observer accounts of anti-Semitic persecution

American couple

Book of the week: Behind a veneer of amiability, Randy Malamud finds discord, cruelty and a ‘cultural charade’


Book of the week: A cancerous, consumer-driven capitalism has weakened higher education, says David Wheeler

Wolf in the snow

Book of the week: Human actions have killed off some species but may be kick-starting new ones, writes Jules Pretty

Japanese robots

Book of the week: Apps are taking us places, fast – but do we always want to go? John Gilbey considers the value of rapidly changing tech

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
Detective looking at fingerprints

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

Sherlock Holmes and Watson

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

Chinook helicopter

Book of the week: Joanna Bourke on the gruelling truths faced by injured soldiers, and their carers and families

Messages to sexual assault victims at UCLA

A polemic against the new McCarthyism in US universities catches Jane O’Grady’s attention

Boss and workers

Book of the week: From staff in nappies to hassled waitresses, a study of work is full of justified rage, says Philip Roscoe

William Empson, George Woodcock, Mulk Raj Anand, George Orwell, Herbert Read, Edmund Blunden at the BBC

Book of the week: The art of coaxing meaning from literature is the legacy of one great critic, says Robert Eaglestone

Two young men heading to a festival

Book of the week: Richard Larschan traces the steps of the young tourists who forged a borderless post-war identity

American students

Book of the week: Howard Segal on an ‘appreciation’ of an unwieldy creature that is the envy of the world

Abortion protest

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


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

Campaigners for the Vote Leave movement

Book of the Week: Danny Dorling on an illuminating analysis of the many factors that swayed the referendum