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Humanity and understanding shine through nurse’s memoir

Humanity and understanding shine through nurse’s memoir

The Language of Kindness puts other memoirs to shame, by narrating an ordinary working life which nevertheless confronts the dark, the sublime and transcendental

Rachman questions the theory that bad behaviour creates great art

Rachman questions the theory that bad behaviour creates great art

Bear Bavinksy is a monster, enabled and facilitated by a society that gives licence to the notion that the genius artist can live by different rules

Accentuate the positive by sticking up for the facts

Accentuate the positive by sticking up for the facts

The content of Factfulness can often be revelatory and convincing

Six counties, 20 vital books

Six counties, 20 vital books

From Blair to de Bréadún, McKittrick to Moloney, Andrew Lynch presents a selection of the best books about the Northern conflict

A snapshot of Ireland at a turning point

A snapshot of Ireland at a turning point

At times Repeal the 8th starts to read like a lesson in civics, or a public safety announcement from a parallel-universe Ireland. Amid these passages, however, there’s a great deal of brilliance

Using clear sight to shed fresh light on belief and unbelief

Using clear sight to shed fresh light on belief and unbelief

With great care, John Gray scrapes away the mould of error and illusion that has grown across the surface of the human world

Powers’s prose enchants as he explores the secret life of plants

Powers’s prose enchants as he explores the secret life of plants

Richard Powers’s stories trace the faultline between scientific rationalism and a literary (or even romantic) humanism

Economics and history collide to teach us some new lessons

Economics and history collide to teach us some new lessons

Although Linda Yueh's prose can be a little dry in places, she does, thankfully, find space for human details such as Smith banging his head against a wall while dictating The Wealth of Nations

Some more home truths from sharp-eyed Shriver

Some more home truths from sharp-eyed Shriver

Property, the first collection of short stories by novelist Lionel Shriver, depicts home ownership as a life-altering, but also potentially life-destroying, development in one’s existence

Turning a drab journey into a tour de force

Turning a drab journey into a tour de force

David Park, the quiet man of Irish writing has deftly got on with building up a remarkable oeuvre of superbly crafted fiction, each novel constructed without pyrotechnics or any dilution of his sparse, lyrical and clear-headed prose

Alastair Campbell’s lumpy stew is a banquet of pure Partridge

Alastair Campbell’s lumpy stew is a banquet of pure Partridge

Saturday Bloody Saturday is a work for which the phrase “unintentionally hilarious” simply will not suffice

Fear and loathing in Winnipeg, from ten female perspectives

Fear and loathing in Winnipeg, from ten female perspectives

Unflinchingly dark, yet occasionally hopeful, The Break ultimately affirms the power of love

Life in the raw on an inhospitable borderline

Life in the raw on an inhospitable borderline

Cantú’s book – half memoir, half meditation – implants itself in your mind

Celeste Ng on Family affairs

Celeste Ng on Family affairs

American novelist Ng looks at the themes of family, class and race in her acclaimed new novel Little Fires Everywhere

Books: One woman’s life in a land of chaos

Books: One woman’s life in a land of chaos

Guardian journalist Aida Edemariam pieces together the life of her paternal grandmother in this richly imagined debut, which draws on oral testimonies, field trips and deep historical reading