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Gambling on development: why some countries win and others lose

Gambling on development: why some countries win and others lose

Stefan Dercon, 2022, C Hurst & Co Publishers; 9781787385627

Subject: Economics


Source: Financial Times

Review: Stefan Dercon, a Belgian-British economist at Oxford university and an international development practitioner, is the latest to try to crack the mystery. The result is an important book, Gambling on Development, both scholarly and grounded in experience. It may come as close as any to answering this critical question.Its thesis is brutally simple. "The defining feature of a development bargain is ...Read More

Ghost lover

Ghost lover

Lisa Taddeo, 2022, Bloomsbury Publishing; 9781526653178

Subject: Fiction


Source: Financial Times

Review: In Ghost Stories, the female characters seem to have internalised the misogyny, as did those in Three Women. "A Suburban Weekend" focuses on the competition between two female friends. In one passage, Fern assesses their looks. "Fern was skinnier than Liv, but Liv was blond and tall and her breasts were enormous and thrillingly spaced. Liv could have been called chubby in certain circumstances, in...Read More

Good pop, bad pop: an inventory

Good pop, bad pop: an inventory

Jarvis Cocker, 2022, Jonathan Cape; 9781787330566

Subject: Biography


Source: Financial Times

Review: "Good Pop, Bad Pop" is a tour through the contents of Cocker's loft. Our visit to his personal junkyard is prompted by an unspecified requirement on the 58-year-old's part to sort through the mementoes and work out what to throw away or keep. (He has no idea why the gum is there: it gets binned.)The result is a droll, jumble sale-like memoir of the formation of a gloriously unlikely British rock s...Read More

Great hatred: the assassination of field marshal Sir Henry Wilson MP

Great hatred: the assassination of field marshal Sir Henry Wilson MP

Ronan McGreevy, 2022, Faber & Faber; 9780571372812

Subject: History


Source: Financial Times

Review: On June 22 1922, Field Marshal Sir Henry Wilson MP was shot dead on the steps of his Belgravia home as he returned from unveiling a plaque to the employees of the Great Eastern Railway who had died during the Great War. A crowd gave chase to his murderers, two members of the Irish Republican Army, who returned police fire in scenes of pandemonium. This vivid episode opens Great Hatred, a pacy new ...Read More

Greenland

Greenland

David Santos Donaldson, 2022, Amistad; 9780063159556

Subject: Fiction


Source: The Wall Street Journal

Review: In David Santos Donaldson's debut, "Greenland," Kip Starling, a young, gay black Englishman of Caribbean descent has locked himself in a basement study in a frantic attempt to complete a novel. His book, whose chapters are interwoven into Kip's narration, is about E.M. Forster's real-life love affair with an Egyptian tram conductor named Mohammed el Adl....Read More

How big-tech barons smash innovation - and how to strike back

How big-tech barons smash innovation - and how to strike back

Ariel Ezrachi, 2022, Harper Business; 9780063030886

Subject: Management


Source: Financial Times

Review: There is no shortage of competition when it comes to books tackling the issue of Big Tech monopolies. How Big-Tech Barons Smash Innovation - and How to Strike Back is another one, yes, but one that finds its niche in taking aim at one of the core defences of Silicon Valley, that regulation - or the "wrong" regulation, as the companies would have it - would stifle American innovation. (And if you d...Read More

I used to live here once: the haunted life of jean Rhys

I used to live here once: the haunted life of jean Rhys

Miranda Seymour, 2022, W W Norton & Company; 9781324006121

Subject: Biography


Source: The Wall Street Journal

Review: "I Used to Live Here Once," Miranda Seymour's illuminating and meticulously researched study of Rhys, reveals how her subject's tumultuous life informed her brilliant art. "Heartbreak, poverty, notoriety, breakdowns and even imprisonment: all became grist to Rhys's fiction-making mill," the British biographer explains. Her book paints a deft portrait of a flawed, complex, yet endlessly fascinating...Read More

In the shadow of the gods: the emperor in world history

In the shadow of the gods: the emperor in world history

Dominic Lieven, 2022, Viking; 9780735222199

Subject: History


Source: The Wall Street Journal

Review: "In the Shadow of the Gods" is an instructive epic, deficient only in that the author does not pursue his subject to the present day. Mr. Lieven defines emperors as "hereditary holders of supreme authority," ruling disparate populations over long distances. They are usually male, notwithstanding Catherine the Great of Russia, Victoria of Great Britain, and Cixi, the dowager empress of China. The m...Read More

Lapvona: a novel

Lapvona: a novel

Ottessa Moshfegh, 2022, Penguin Random House; 9780593607701

Subject: Fiction


Source: The New York Times

Review: Lapvona is a minor fiefdom somewhere in medieval Europe. Its ruler, Lord Villiam, is a spoiled and petulant schemer, so feeble that when he walks down from his castle to the church in the village, he has to be carried back uphill. Lapvona was once a good place, with fertile soil and low taxes. Now, in the aftermath of a plague, it is grim, parched and poor. Its plight is worsened because Villiam h...Read More

Life time: the new science of the body clock, and how it can revolutionize your sleep and health

Life time: the new science of the body clock, and how it can revolutionize your sleep and health

Russell Foster, 2022, Penguin Random House; 9780241529300

Subject: Medicine and Health


Source: Financial Times

Review: We long to believe that we can be creatures of the day and night, that we can defy the dark to enjoy 24/7 lives defined by long working hours, minimal sleep and, if technology adverts are to be believed, going jogging in the middle of the night. In fact, insists University of Oxford neuroscientist Russell Foster in Life Time, we are "not able to do what we want at whatever time we choose. Our biol...Read More

Literature for a changing planet

Literature for a changing planet

Martin Puchner, 2022, Princeton University Press; 9780691213750

Subject: General


Source: Financial Times

Review: Author Martin Puchner, professor at Harvard University, he studies humanity's great epics, from sacred texts such as the Mayan Popul Vuh to ancient animal fables such as the Sanskrit Panchatantra or the Jataka Tales of south Asia. But Puchner's concerns are not purely academic. He worries deeply about the looming threat of climate disaster and, just as importantly, our failure to construct narrati...Read More

Metaphysical animals: how four women brought philosophy back to life

Metaphysical animals: how four women brought philosophy back to life

Clare Mac Cumhaill, 2022, Doubleday; 9780385545709

Subject: General


Source: The Wall Street Journal

Review: All four women were "Armistice babies" who grew up between the two world wars. Three of them-Anscombe, Murdoch and Midgley-were raised in intellectual households on the outskirts of London. The fourth, Philippa Foot, came from a tony social milieu in North Yorkshire where young women were expected to ride to hounds rather than study Aristotle. Her mother, the daughter of Grover Cleveland, had been...Read More

Nightcrawling: a novel

Nightcrawling: a novel

Leila Mottley, 2022, Penguin Random House; 9780593607879

Subject: Fiction


Source: The Wall Street Journal

Review: Wishing away her problems is not an option for Kiara Johnson, the narrator of Leila Mottley's debut "Nightcrawling." The rent has just doubled for her East Oakland apartment. Her father is dead, her mother is in a halfway house and her brother-for years her ally in survival-has been lured from working by empty promises of musical stardom....Read More

One hundred years of James Joyce's 'Ulysses'

One hundred years of James Joyce's 'Ulysses'

Colm Toibin, 2022, Pennsylvania State University Press; 9780271092898

Subject: Biography


Source: The Wall Street Journal

Review: Many people have been fooled by "Ulysses," or acted as fools in the face of it: claiming to have read it when they haven't; racing through its complex structure to reach Molly Bloom's soliloquy in search of titillation: "yes I said yes I will Yes"; calling it the most important novel in the English language, when it could plausibly be declared a literary dead end....Read More

Pagrhi sambhal lehar to samyukt kisan morcha: a century of punjab kisan struggle 1907 - 2021

Pagrhi sambhal lehar to samyukt kisan morcha: a century of punjab kisan struggle 1907 - 2021

Ronki Ram, 2022, Unistar Books; 9789352055975

Subject: History


Source: Economic and Political Weekly

Review: The repeal of the three farm laws marks the victory of one of the longest struggles of peasantry in the age of neo-liberal capitalism in India. It is a significant milestone in the history of pro-people social movements in many respects. First, it has boldly challenged the authoritarian-corporate nexus that desires to bring the agriculture sector and, in a way, food sovereignty under the control o...Read More

Resistance: the underground war against Hitler, 1939-1945

Resistance: the underground war against Hitler, 1939-1945

Halik Kochanski, 2022, Liveright; 9781324091653

Subject: History


Source: The New York Times

Review: By 1942 the increasing intensity of the war pushed the Germans to tighten the screws on Western Europe as well, and the result was predictable. Young men in France, for instance, fled to the hills to avoid being drafted for labor in Germany.Read More

Rogues: true stories of grifters, killers, rebels and crooks

Rogues: true stories of grifters, killers, rebels and crooks

Patrick Radden Keefe, 2022, Picador; 9781035001750

Subject: Criminology


Source: The Wall Street Journal

Review: "Rogues: True Stories of Grifters, Killers, Rebels and Crooks" collects 12 of Mr. Keefe's big articles for the New Yorker, where, as a staff writer, he often spends the better part of a year researching and shaping a particular feature. The pieces-full of extraordinary incidents and unpredictable turns of fate-are united by what the author calls his "abiding preoccupations: crime and corruption, s...Read More

The angel of Rome: and other stories

The angel of Rome: and other stories

Jess Walter, 2022, Harper Business; 9780062868114

Subject: Fiction


Source: The New York Times

Review: Several of the stories in "The Angel of Rome" fit that temporal harmony, that confluence of waiting time and story length, while also offering readers/dental patients the pleasures of intensely affecting fiction.Read More

The apocryphal gospels

The apocryphal gospels

Simon Gathercole, 2022, Penguin Random House; 9780241340554

Subject: History


Source: The Wall Street Journal

Review: In December 1945, Muhammad Ali-not the boxer but a peasant farmer from Nag Hammadi, a town of Upper Egypt-uncovered an ancient earthenware jar. Muhammad and his brother broke it open and found books, 13 in all, among them more than 50 ancient Christian texts.Read More

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