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Books of the year II — a further selection of the books chosen by our regular reviewers

Jonathan Sumption, Philip Hensher, Naomi Alderman, James Walton and many more describe the books they have most enjoyed in 2021

Jonathan Sumption

The reputation of Sir Edward Grey, Britain’s foreign secretary from 1905 to 1916, has never recovered from the pasting he received in Lloyd George’s war memoirs. Lloyd George thought that his deliberate ambiguity about Britain’s intentions led us into the first world war. If you read just one book of history this Christmas, it should be T.G.

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