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Hall provides a thoroughly readable and illuminating account of this fascinating people over a period of 2,000 years

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De Kretser undermines our expectations by refusing to play by the rules

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If O'Brien's politicised raging is a bit obvious, his intimations of mortality are anything but. One of our finest poets just got finer still.

The Tears of the Rajas by Ferdinand Mount - book review: The brutality of British imperialism is skilfully laid bare

What makes it exceptional is that Mount has brilliantly woven his family history into the wider history

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