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7 October 2014 (565 words)
The Inspector Barlach Mysteries (Friedrich Dürrenmatt)
The Judge and His Hangman + Suspicion
1 October 2014 (601)
A History of Korea (Kyung Moon Hwang)
- in thematic chapters centred on key episodes
29 September 2014 (269)
Let It Be Morning (Sayed Kashua)
- everyday life confronts geopolitics in an Arab Israeli village
22 September 2014 (712)
Thomas Aquinas's Summa theologiae (Bernard McGinn)
A Biography
17 September 2014 (551)
Spoken Like a Woman (Laura McClure)
Speech and Gender in Athenian Drama
15 September 2014 (403)
The Expedition to the Baobab Tree (Wilma Stockenström)
- a slave woman survives a doomed expedition into the interior
3 September 2014 (308)
Paradise of the Blind (Duong Thu Huong)
- growing up in a Vietnamese family riven by politics
25 August 2014 (386)
Colliding Continents (Mike Searle)
A Geological Exploration of the Himalaya, Karakoram, and Tibet
18 August 2014 (771)
The Untold History of the Potato (John Reader)
- social history, agriculture + science
11 August 2014 (529)
Two Cheers for Anarchism (James C. Scott)
Six Easy Pieces on Autonomy, Dignity, and Meaningful Work and Play
11 August 2014 (271)
Modern Korean Fiction: An Anthology (Bruce Fulton, Youngmin Kwon)
- a superb introduction to 20th century Korean literature
10 August 2014 (111)
The House of Silk (Anthony Horowitz)
The New Sherlock Holmes Novel
17 July 2014 (330)
French Literature (John D. Lyons)
A Very Short Introduction
15 July 2014 (163)
The Award (Lydie Salvayre)
- a biting satire on corporate paternalism
2 July 2014 (545)
Cross and Scepter (Sverre Bagge)
The Rise of the Scandinavian Kingdoms from the Vikings to the Reformation
16 June 2014 (277)
Nurture Shock (Po Bronson, Ashley MerryMan)
Why Everything We Think About Raising Our Children is Wrong
9 June 2014 (405)
The Landmark Herodotus: The Histories (Robert B. Strassler)
- stupendously annotated and enhanced
4 June 2014 (536)
Byzantine Matters (Averil Cameron)
- historical debates, challenges and questions
29 May 2014 (398)
Regrowth (Der Nister)
Seven Tales of Jewish Life Before, During, and After Nazi Occupation
28 May 2014 (453)
Bismarck: A Life (Jonathan Steinberg)
- an engaging but uneven biography
22 May 2014 (1045)
*Earthly Necessities (Keith Wrightson)
Economic Lives in Early Modern Britain
12 May 2014 (735)
The Transport Debate (Jon Shaw, Iain Docherty)
- an overview of transport issues in the United Kingdom
19 April 2014 (364)
Bar Balto (Faïza Guène)
- murder and everyday life in a Parisian banlieu
8 April 2014 (730)
Oxygen: A Four Billion Year History (Donald E. Canfield)
- deep time geobiochemistry
2 April 2014 (328)
After Suez (Martin Woollacott)
Adrift in the American Century
24 March 2014 (1172)
Why Is There Philosophy of Mathematics At All? (Ian Hacking)
- an informal tour by an experienced guide
18 March 2014 (373)
Behind the Red Mist (Ho Anh Thai)
- short fiction set in Vietnam and India
7 March 2014 (925)
Before and After Muhammad (Garth Fowden)
The First Millennium Refocused
24 February 2014 (262)
Diaries of a Dead African (Chuma Nwokolo Jr)
- a black comedy of reputation in small-town Nigeria
10 February 2014 (752)
*The Climate Casino (William Nordhaus)
Risk, Uncertainty, and Economics for a Warming World
3 February 2014 (262)
Topoi: The Categorial Analysis of Logic (Robert Goldblatt)
- category theory as a basis for mathematical logic
20 January 2014 (262)
The Salt Smugglers (Gérard de Nerval)
- a French serial novel from 1850
20 January 2014 (437)
Letters from the Malay Archipelago (Alfred Russel Wallace)
- travelling, observing, collecting, theorising, ...
14 January 2014 (414)
The Genius in All of Us (David Shenk)
Why Everything You've Been Told About Genetics, Talent and Intelligence is Wrong
2 January 2014 (207)
The Old Capital (Yasunari Kawabata)
- a young woman in post-war Kyoto; a novel
18 December 2013 (365)
The Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Infant Development (Bremner, Wachs)
- basic research in cognitive psychology
17 December 2013 (229)
Red Chrysanthemum (Henry F. Mazel)
A Novel of Occupied Japan
26 November 2013 (331)
Inspector Singh Investigates (Shamini Flint)
- a series about a Sikh Singaporean policeman
25 November 2013 (248)
The Apology and the Last Days (Borislav Pekic)
- a parable of collaboration and retribution
13 November 2013 (272)
Prime Obsession (John Derbyshire)
Bernhard Riemann and the Greatest Unsolved Problem in Mathematics
11 November 2013 (383)
Testing Treatments (Imogen Evans et al.)
Better Research for Better Healthcare
4 November 2013 (776)
The Ghosts of Cannae (Robert L. O'Connell)
Hannibal and the Darkest Hour of the Roman Republic

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