Monday Book: The horror of war as seen from the home front

The Great War, by various authors, illustrated by Jim Kay, Walker, £12.99

Only Remembered, edited by Michael Morpurgo, illustrated by Ian Beck, Jonathan Cape, £14.99

When Paris Went Dark, The City of Light under German Occupation, 1940-44 by Ronald Rosbottom, book review

Remembering Paris's passive acceptance of Nazi occupation
Hitler in Paris in 1940, soon after the German invasion

Diary of the Dark Years, 1940-1944 Collaboration, Resistance and Daily Life in Occupied Paris By Jean Guéhenno, trans. David Ball, book review

Jean Guéhenno's diary, now published for the first time in English, helps explain why even the most principled Parisians were often completely passive in the face of evil.

Kant's book requires a degree of concentration to be understood and appreciated

Critique of Pure Reason by Immanuel Kant, book of a lifetime: A rich panoply of materials

To be asked to pick just one book as a "book of a lifetime" is of course silly – when people only have one book (eg the Bible) a vast amount of nonsense and mayhem follows, as history and our painful present shows.

1914: Goodbye To All That, edited by Lavinia Greenlaw, book review: Conflict between life and art

When I interviewed Helen Dunmore earlier this year about her Great war novel, The Lie, she said: "A century isn't a long time to come to terms with a cataclysm that transformed our society. We're still getting to grips with it." The impact of the First World War is neither fixed nor remote which is why, Lavinia Greenlaw explains, this collection of essays about "the conflict between life and art" sees writers "reinvigorate questions we should never stop exploring."

Sound System Culture by Paul Huxtable, Al Fingers and Mandeep Samra, book review

Huddersfield's loud and proud reggae history is revealed

Deep - Freediving, Renegade Science and What the Ocean Tells Us About Ourselves by James Nestor, book review

A rich and illuminating study of the sea, and the discoveries divers have made

This One is Mine by Maria Semple, book review: Sex, drugs and motherhood in Hollywood

British readers who loved TV scriptwriter Maria Semple's feted title, Where'd You Go, Bernadette, will be pleased to hear that her debut novel, This One is Mine is being published in the UK for the first time.

Breakfast with the Borgias by DBC Pierre, book review: Horror...without the suspense

The series of commissioned novellas attempts in literature what hasn't yet quite worked on film: a revival of the cheap, campily elegant, cliché-subverting genre thrills associated with the Hammer brand. Writers of sober literary reputation – Jeanette Winterson, Helen Dunmore – have contributed, alongside scribes of a more hackish bent. DBC Pierre, an author much-lauded, much-slated and never easy to categorise, is an intriguing addition.

Fighting like tigers: World Cup triumph for Pakistan, 1992

Wounded Tiger: A history of Cricket in Pakistan by Peter Oborne, book review

Pakistan's passions have often played out through their love of the gentleman's game, as a penetrating sports history reveals
Edward Snowden's revelations about the information lifted by the Government has cast the potential uses of Big Data in an unfortunate light, say its critics

Into A Raging Blaze by Andreas Norman; Trans. Ian Giles

The world has just heard the latest from Edward Snowden. Holed up in a Moscow hotel room, he told The Guardian his thoughts on the security services and surveillance and his bizarre new existence in Russia. His story, it goes without saying, is one to test the imagination of even the most creative writer.

The Arsonist by Sue Miller, book review: New England story fails to fire the senses

Sue Miller, like her fellow American Anne Tyler, is an eloquent chronicler of the complexities of ordinary relationships, whose informal language belies the depths of her insights. Her 2005 novel, Lost in the Forest, longlisted for the Orange Prize, was a startlingly perceptive account of the sexual awakening of a teenage girl and the perils that lurk in the shadows of that blossom. It also powerfully examined bereavement.

A Dog's Life by Michael Holroyd - book review: This tragicomic family portrait has plenty of bite

The late Josephine Pullein-Thompson, aged 12 and anxious to avoid any possibility of libel in her first unpublished novel, went to the family phone directory to check that the name she chose for her hero was currently possessed by no one else. Her final innocent choice, before being gently discouraged by her parents, was Edwin Pisspot. But there are other ways fiction can face potential legal problems, as Michael Holroyd discovered with this autobiographical novel A Dog's Life. It was written in 1953 but only published in America after his father, furious about such thinly veiled pen portraits of himself and his family, declared he would sue if it ever appeared in this country.

Syria Speaks: Art and Culture from the Frontline, edited by Malu Halasa, Zaher Omareen, Nawara Mahfoud - book review: A moving testimony to dissidents fighting for democracy

Can finger-puppets strangle a bloodthirsty dictatorship? The dissident artists of the Masasit Mati group began to use the tiny caricatures who populate their satirical series Top Goon because they were easy to transport, and therefore to smuggle. An internet cult after the Syrian uprising started in earnest in 2011, with more than a million YouTube and Facebook hits, Top Goon mocked Bashar al-Assad and his henchmen in merciless Spitting Image style, with episodes such as "Who Wants to Kill a Million?" and "Skyping Putin".

SUMMER HOUSE WITH SWIMMING POOL by Herman Koch; book review

The Dutch author Herman Koch hit the big time with his last novel, The Dinner, an international bestseller examining the nastiness underpinning modern middle-class life, told by a thoroughly despicable misanthropist.

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