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.
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.
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.
Emails, texts, diary entries and blog posts combine to tell the story of Gena/Finn by Hannah Moskowitz and Kat Helgeson (Chronicle Books, £11.99). Gena and Finn are (female) fans of the TV programme Up Below - Gena posts fanfic and Finn illustrates (sadly we do not see her drawings - graphic sections would have added to the bold narrative mix).
For all the many books written in the past 40 years about what it means to be a woman, there have been comparatively few about the nature of masculinity. Some might even feel that a studied contemplation of what it means to be a man is itself unmanly.