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Books of the year II – chosen by our regular reviewers

A further selection of recent books enjoyed by our regular reviewers – and a few that have disappointed them

Andrew Lycett

Describing how individuals get drawn, often haphazardly, into a bloody conflict such as the English Civil War is not an easy task. But Jessie Childs manages it superbly in The Siege of Loyalty House (Bodley Head, £25), which tingles with a discerning historical imagination.

Lily Dunn’s memoir Sins of My Father (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, £16.99),

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