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In a small section on the first floor of Stanfords Travel Bookshop in London, one can see on display a handful of road and railway atlases, recently published in Moscow
Jason Hickel’s bold book is full of stark facts and assumption-busting pronouncements. Global poverty and hunger, he avers, are not in decline, and the gap between rich and poor is not narrowing
Bridges are more than just a means of connection, writes Wagner; as long as you’re suspended upon one, you’re in no place at all – ‘you belong, quite simply, to the bridge.’ 
Any historical novelist in search of a protagonist would feel blessed to come across the story of Fernão Lopes. Reliable facts about the Portuguese nobleman’s life may be few and far between, but what we can verify is utterly fascinating,…
Thomas H Cook is an accomplished author of crime novels, most of which involve events that happened far in the protagonist’s past, compelling him or her to trawl through a damaged history in search of enlightenment

FLATNESS by BW Higman

BW Higman has a sixth sense: he sees flat surfaces. Be they screens, furniture, walls, streets, railways, or even level playing sports fields, he notes that ‘flatness is at the centre of the everyday experience’ even to the point where…
Oil prices haven’t made headlines for a while, but they remain far below the peaks of the past decade. It’s evidence, says Helm, of an energy revolution now fully underway

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