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MI9 in The Times Paperbacks of the Year

Added on 21/11/2021

A finely researched appraisal of MI9, one of the least known agencies of the Second World War, whose principal role was to help British prisoners of war escape from enemy-occupied territory.

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Dangerous Ideas in The Daily Telegraph 75 best books of 2021

Added on 20/11/2021

This entertaining history of more than two millennia of Western censorship is a level-headed, salutary intervention in today’s overheated rows over free speech.

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The Films of Andy Warhol in the Spectator Books of the Year

Added on 20/11/2021

What a treasure! It details the most courageous work of the 20th century’s greatest taboo-breaker — especially welcome as so many taboos need breaking all over again.

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How to Blow Up a Pipeline in the FT Books of the Year

Added on 20/11/2021

…it’s Swedish author explores the idea that property destruction may become far more attractive if progress tackling the existential threat of climate change continues to be glacial.

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Atlas of AI in the FT Books of the Year

Added on 20/11/2021

One of the world’s most thoughtful researchers on the impact of AI delivers a sobering, but essential, read about how AI is accelerating undemocratic governance and increased inequality.

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Space Forces in the FT Books of the Year

Added on 20/11/2021

This, with an insane amount of brilliant nuggets, features in Scharmen’s lively history of space exploration as a colonial and, ultimately, architectural project.

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Italian Renaissance Altars in the FT Books of the Year

Added on 20/11/2021

Renaissance scholarship lives!..Ekserdjian brilliantly outlines the broad picture, but the devil in his details: how variously artists, famous and obscure, enlivened and energised this iconic structure, balancing narrative and invention, clarity and mystery.

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Swan Songs in the New Statesman Books of the Year

Added on 18/11/2021

…Swan Songs (Repeater) by the Runcorn hip-hop artist Lee Scott: a bizarre B-movie of a book that feels fresher than anything I’ve read all year. It is a surrealist story written in raw prose, with flashes of moods and textures that call to mind Andrea Dunbar. You either know these working-class spaces, the precarity, or you don’t.

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The Sea View Has Me Again in the New Statesman Books of the Year

Added on 18/11/2021

Sometimes the most necessary books turn out to be the ones you didn’t realise you needed… I was entirely captivated by this microscopic, discursive study of Uwe Johnson, a pioneering novelist who crossed the Iron Curtain but declined to fall at the feet of the capitalist West…

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C+nto in The New Statesman Books of the Year

Added on 18/11/2021

Joelle Taylor has produced one of the most astonishing and original poetry collections of recent years… It challenges imprisoning notions of womanhood by celebrating and foregrounding those who face a hostile society when they are only being true to themselves.

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A Little History of Poetry in The Times Books of the Year

Added on 15/11/2021

Carey’s reader-friendly introduction to poetry makes for a fizzing, exhilarating book.

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Everything, All the Time, Everywhere praised in The Guardian

Added on 13/11/2021

Jeffries packs a remarkable knowledge of postmodern culture into these pages, from punk, hip-hop, film and photography to anti-psychiatry, the Rushdie fatwa and queer theory.

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