Empire of Sin by Gary Krist, book review: Prostitution, violence and jazz - a colourful history of New Orleans Empire of Sin by Gary Krist, book review: Prostitution, violence and jazz - a colourful history of New Orleans

In "basin street blues" it's the "land of dreams", while Louis Armstrong recalled it as the city where "Creole babies with flashin' eyes softly whisper their tender sighs."

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Vncent Van Gogh. Ever Yours: The Essential Letters, edited by Leo Jansen, Hans Luijten and Nienke Bakker, book review Vncent Van Gogh. Ever Yours: The Essential Letters, edited by Leo Jansen, Hans Luijten and Nienke Bakker, book review

Although he thought "all of Dickens beautiful", the young Vincent van Gogh took special care to re-read A Christmas Carol once a year. "In my view there's no other writer who's as much a painter and draughtsman as Dickens," he told his artist friend Anthon van Rappard from The Hague in 1883.

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Ibn Abd al-Wahhab by Michael Crawford, book review: A puritan's progress Ibn Abd al-Wahhab by Michael Crawford, book review: A puritan's progress

Muhammad ibn Abd al-Wahhab was a puritan of the highest order. Muslims everywhere, he believed, had become corrupt and their beliefs verged on polytheism. It was his duty to restore the "real" meaning of Islam.

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Euphoria by Lily King, book review: Tribal loyalties and a tragic love story Euphoria by Lily King, book review: Tribal loyalties and a tragic love story

American anthropologist Margaret Mead, whose career took off in the 1920s with the publication of a groundbreaking work on Samoan adolescence, is not, at first glance, the most zeitgeisty subject for a novel. Yet Lily King, by homing in on an intense emotional period of Mead's life and turning it into fiction, has made her newly relevant.

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To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee, book of a lifetime: Truth, fairness, and a deep analysis of how policy affects lives To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee, book of a lifetime: Truth, fairness, and a deep analysis of how policy affects lives

"Truth" and "fairness": two words you would think underpinned the British political system, regardless of who is in power. The two qualities that drove the character of Atticus Finch in To Kill A Mockingbird.

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Short stories revived: They are back in fashion, as established, and fledging, writers return to the form

Raymond Carver, in a Paris Review interview, spoke of seeing his first short story, “Pastoral”, published in a literary magazine as “A terrific day! Maybe one of the best days ever.”

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Severed: A History of Heads Lost and Heads Found by Frances Larson, book review Severed: A History of Heads Lost and Heads Found by Frances Larson, book review

We are squeamish these days about detaching people's heads. It is true that Isis has tried to revive the tradition of the ceremonial public execution, and that their gruesome videos attract many viewers.

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Ivan Pavlov: A Russian Life in Science by Daniel P. Todes, book review: Pavlov wasn't a Pavlovian Ivan Pavlov: A Russian Life in Science by Daniel P. Todes, book review: Pavlov wasn't a Pavlovian

Russian science has an illustrious history – Mendeleev (Periodic Table), Kapitsa (nuclear physics), Tsiolkovsky (rocket pioneer), Sakharov (nuclear physicist and dissident) – but it has always laboured under some handicaps: firstly Tsarist repression then distortion for political ends by communism (the Lysenko Affair).

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The Teenage Guide to Stress by Nicola Morgan - review The Teenage Guide to Stress by Nicola Morgan - review

'This book was very motivational and I think every teenager should read it'

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