BOOKS / Recommended

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Praying for Sheetrock by Melissa Fay Greene, Secker & Warburg pounds 9.99. A strong and tender account of life in the American South. Review by Godfrey Hodgson, 1 August.

Wagner, Race and Revolution by Paul Lawrence Rose, Faber pounds 20. A scathing picture of the composer's anti-Semitic strain. Review by Tim Jackson, 25 July.

A Place of Greater Safety by Hilary Mantel, Viking pounds 15.99. A resounding drama of the French Revolution. Review by Tim Blanning, 29 August.