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Malice by Keigo Higashino, book review: This Japanese classic is well worth investigating

The exploration of murderous feelings in an apparently sophisticated and well-balanced individual marks this book out as an exceptional study of the psychology of murder as well as a skilfully plotted narrative

The Edge of the World: How the North Sea Made Us Who We Are by Michael Pye - book review: Voyage of discovery rescues the Dark Ages from obscurity

The Scottish Referendum prompted much soul-searching about Britain's place in the world. The Scots, it seemed, were looking warmly at Scandinavia. Michael Pye's book reminds us of a time when all the North Sea nations shared a culture. It was admittedly a long time ago but this is the kind of book that can open up new vistas.

Family Politics: Domestic Life, Devastation and Survival 1900-1950 by Paul Ginsborg - book review: From domestic bliss to the rise of the despots

Families are off-stage in history, a footnote in the lives of the great, if that, so it is refreshing that Paul Ginsborg looks at the upheavals of the first half of the 20th century through the prism of family life. He asks what revolution and dictatorship did to the family, but also looks at the influence of the family on despotic regimes developed in the 1920s and 1930s in Russia, Turkey, Italy, Spain and Germany.

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W G Sebald, the German scholar-writer, died in his adopted East Anglia in December 2001. He was on the cusp of international recognition when, driving on the A146 from Norwich to Lowestoft, he suffered a heart attack and died in a head-on collision. Readers of all ages and nationalities now find themselves mesmerised by the luminous blurring of fact and fiction in Sebald’s work. Vertigo, The Emigrants, The Rings of Saturn and Austerlitz are uniquely strange prose fictions, which belie a fascination with the past, and the pain of remembering it.

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