Books

Pets in peril in the war

By Angela Kiverstein, June 10, 2016

A scandalous blot on Britain's animal-loving history is the starting point for The Emergency Zoo by Miriam Halahmy (Alma Books, £6.99). In the run-up to the Second World War, citizens were urged to have their pets put down. Twelve-year-old Tilly and Rosy create a refuge for their pets and those of their friends.

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Paperback fiction: Crumbling house of secrets

By Joy Sable, June 1, 2016

All families have secrets, but the Tempest family has more than most. Ilana Fox's The Glittering Art of Falling Apart (Orion Books, £7.99) charts the story of the romance-obsessed Cassie Cooke, an antique-books enthusiast who delves into her family's past and uncovers a lot more than the standard broiges.

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Friendship and fame following Finnegan

June 1, 2016

James Joyce and Italo Svevo: the Story of a Friendship By Stanley Price
Somerville Press, £14
Reviewed by Stoddard Martin

The career of James Joyce has been familiar to students of serious literature since the publication of Ulysses by a niche bookseller in Paris in 1922.

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Problems of keeping in step

June 1, 2016

Chains of Sand By Jemma Wayne
Legend Press, £9.99

Reviewed by Madeleine Kingsley

'You won't have to worry about me when there is another war," Udi reassures his mother, Batia, in Jemma Wayne's rich new novel. Udi, wounded while serving in Gaza, wants her blessing for his move away from Israel to London.

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East West Street

By Robert Low, May 27, 2016

By Philippe Sands
Weidenfeld & Nicolson, £20

Philippe Sands is a distinguished, international human-rights lawyer, but he may have missed his real vocation: he would have made a brilliant detective.

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Love of Labour

By Marcus Dysch, May 27, 2016

The intricate, inner workings of the Labour Party are no doubt of interest to many people.

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Review: Love, or Nearest Offer

By Sarah Ebner, May 27, 2016

By Adèle Geras
Quercus, £19.99

Adèle Geras is the author of many stories for children as well as five adult novels.

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The Black Door: Spies, Secret Intelligence and British Prime Ministers

By Colin Shindler, May 20, 2016

By Richard J. Aldrich and Rory Cormac
ollins, £30

British prime ministers have never been neutral towards the intelligence services. Intelligence historians Richard Aldrich and Rory Cormac have written an accessible book, indicating how different premiers reacted to intelligence reports - and often bypassed their own officials, establishing their own private operations.

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Rosalind: Shakespeare's Immortal heroine

By Jane Liddell-King, May 20, 2016

By Angela Thirlwell
Oberon Books, £16.99

Few authors simultaneously capture the zeitgeist of the moment and confront the universal wish for immortality. But, taking a fictional character - Shakespeare's "mercurial, mischievous" heroine, Rosalind - as her beguiling subject, Angela Thirlwell, in her latest biography, achieves this.

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Raw, crude, moving - So Sad Today, by Melissa Broder

By Jennifer Lipman, May 20, 2016

A collection of essays by the American Jewish poet Melissa Broder, delving into her lifelong struggle with anxiety and depression - So Sad Today (Scribe, £12.99) - is at times hard to stomach. She writes graphically about her sex life and fantasies - in one essay, revealing a string of breathtakingly explicit "sexts" - and seems to delight in unsettling her readers.

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