Her agenda is not only political. She thought of her work in Silicon Valley as “a stepladder to a higher plane of existence” – a cosmological undertaking, even a religious quest.

‘This razor-sharp polemic exploring class, taste and culture, is one of the most insightful analyses of the British class system I’ve read in years.’ – Otegha Uwagba, author of Little Black Book

If you expected a book titled A Little History of Poetry to cutely recycle received wisdom about the literary canon, turn to page 50, where you will learn that many of Shakespeare’s sonnets “consist largely of complicated word-play…

The critic John Carey, 85, is emeritus Merton professor of English literature at Oxford University, where he taught for more than 40 years. He has written books about John Milton and John Donne as well as polemics against …

This collection of essays claims to be the first look at the Venn diagram of its subject matter. As Maude Bass-Krueger states in her introduction, “society held women to double standards when it came to getting dressed during the war”.

Every history of London — and there have been very many — has looked at the importance for the city of migration. Not to mention it would be as inconceivable as ignoring the River Thames. Both, after all, flow directly through the city’s heart.

[Katharina N.] Piechocki is conceptually rigorous, she reads many languages and her research is impeccable. She is a careful critic but also a deeply imaginative historian. This is a contribution to the “darker side” of cartography …

Book of Beasts is exceptional in that it can be enjoyed as a sumptuously illustrated coffee-table book, but also constitutes a valuable point of reference, and springboard for future research, for professional medievalists and for academics …

[In Richard J. King’s Ahab’s Rolling Sea] a rather schematic structure is combined with a genuinely gripping retelling of the tale. Ahab’s Rolling Sea could be used as a reference book, a zoological concordance to Moby-Dick.

From Winston Churchill to Windrush and Tony Blair to Brexit, this archival critique and collection of interviews is one of the most profound deconstructions of UK immigration policy that exists.