What with Brexit, the US elections, the refugee crisis, and more besides, it’s been quite a year. If you’re feeling a bit less than positive about the current and future state of the world, we’ve got a review of a book that’s guaranteed to give you a rapid injection of optimism: Johan Norberg’s Progress: Ten reasons to look forward to the future.
Know someone who loves cooking? Our reviewer Hayley suggests three books that sound perfect for under that person’s tree: Cookbooks for Christmas
Travel and history combine in Simon Courtauld’s Footprints in Spain.
Musings on masculinity and its place in the world in Grayson Perry, The Descent of Man
Because we love biographies there are four to choose from:
- the life story of Byron’s mathematically talented daughter Ada Lovelace, credited with designing the first ever computer: James Esinger’s Ada’s Algorithm,
- A famous writer muses on his long life: John Le Carré’s Pigeon Tunnel,
- Superb analysis of the loving and creatively fruitful relationship between a poet and his sister: Lucy Newlyn’s William and Dorothy Wordsworth,
- And a fascinating look at the roles of women in the sixteenth century: Elizabeth Norton’s Lives of Tudor Women
And finally, for a good giggle, Simon loved the delightful sounding Terms and Conditions, a collection of stories about girls’ boarding schools.
Harriet, Non-Fiction Editor, Shiny New Books