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John Self reviews Utopia Avenue by David Mitchell, The Liar’s Dictionary by Eley Williams, and The End of Me by Alfred Hayes
Nationalist parties have a vested interest in falling short of independence
The siege of Basing House encompasses all of England in microcosm
When the Dust Settles is a record of an achingly human response to chaos and emergency
Tales of lives lived well, or disgracefully, are always interesting, but what makes a good obit?
You don’t have to be crazy to enjoy Wagner, but it helps
Xi Jinping’s cynical use of Confucius
Ethnicity pay gap reporting is a terrible idea, so why won’t it go away?
A brilliant new work walks the thorny path of motherhood
Passion and originality blossom behind the walls of the cloister
Into the valley of death rode the 358
Extra-judicial killing and its long aftermath forms the core of Linda Kinstler’s remarkable new book