Kerry Handley’s riotously entertaining and perceptive Thrown makes something marvellous from the triumphs and disasters of fighters Sean Huffman and Erik Koch
Frank McLynn’s latest biography is too lenient to the ‘Ruler of the Universe’, whose reign of terror was responsible for nearly 40 million deaths
A troubled marriage, global conspiracy, Swedish noir and the Mau-Mau in Kenya — from Renée Knight, David Shafer, Christoffer Carlsson and William Shaw
The British beat second world war shortages at home by adapting inventively, and in some cases carrying on much as before, according to Duff Hart-Davis’s Our Land at War
Rachel Johnson’s latest novel delves deep into the lives of Notting Hill’s super-rich. What Fresh Hell will it bring?
In Operation Nemesis Eric Bogosian shows how, in the 1920s, the world turned a blind eye to widespread revenge killings for the 1915 Armenian massacres
Jeremy Hutchinson, who successfully defended some of the most notorious figures of the 20th century, had a criminal record himself — for accidentally shooting a policeman
Shunned, slighted and starving in Sheffield — the Indian immigrants who have become Britain’s untouchables
Sunjeev Sahota’s novel, The Year of the Runaways, highlighting the horrific plight of Indian immigrants to Britain, is the best novel of the year, says Cressida Connolly
Sudhir Hazareesingh’s bold new book is built on the assumption that ‘it is possible to make meaningful generalisations about the shared intellectual habits of a people as diverse and fragmented as the French’. France, as General de Gaulle pointed out,… Read more
In The Tsarnaev Brothers Masha Gessen tells the alarming story of a family who didn’t belong anywhere — but were determined to make their mark
Whether dutiful, chivalrous, flamboyant or just plain quarrelsome John Leigh’s literary duellists make engaging subjects in Touché.
Stand-up comedian Aziz Ansari reveals some very unromantic modern mating practices in Modern Romance
Instrumental is an unflinching misery memoir about abuse from early childhood — but James Rhodes’s anger seems equally directed at himself
Talleyrand should not have sneered at the Austrian regiments — they actually won a surprising number of battles, as Richard Bassett’s For God and Kaiser shows
Sinclair is one of our finest writers, says Michael Moorcock, and London Overground is one vast, pumping, blaring, rattling, melancholy, celebratory cultural circus