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THE Books of the week

Siena: City of Secrets, by Jane Tylus Subscription

28 May 2015 | By Philip Cooke

Discover the Tuscan metropolis in a study suffused with all the vitality of the Palio, says Philip Cooke

How to Clone a Mammoth: The Science of De-extinction, by Beth Shapiro Subscription

21 May 2015 | By Tiffany Taylor

Work to bring creatures back from the dead is a tale of wonder and warning, writes Tiffany Taylor

Beyond: Our Future in Space, by Chris Impey Subscription

14 May 2015 | By Monica Grady

This examination of space exploration has its feet firmly on the ground, writes Monica Grady

The Wandering Mind: What the Brain Does When You’re Not Looking, by Michael C. Corballis Subscription

7 May 2015 | By Luna Centifanti

Daydreaming relies on memory and our past helps us imagine future possibilities, finds Luna Centifanti

The Great Divide, by Joseph Stiglitz Subscription

30 April 2015 | By Victoria Bateman

Rising inequality can be addressed without taking to the barricades, Victoria Bateman suggests

The Invaders: How Humans and Their Dogs Drove Neanderthals to Extinction, by Pat Shipman Subscription

23 April 2015 | By Simon Underdown

A lupine alliance may have helped Homo sapiens to beat the competition, says Simon Underdown

The Power of the Past: Understanding Cross-Class Marriages, by Jessi Streib Subscription

16 April 2015 | By Mary Evans

A study of American couples who married out of their socio-economic culture intrigues Mary Evans

Great Shakespeare Actors: Burbage to Branagh, by Stanley Wells Subscription

9 April 2015

The first act in an entertaining study of gifted stage performers is the most powerful, says Lisa Hopkins

Mark Rothko: Toward the Light in the Chapel, by Annie Cohen-Solal Subscription

2 April 2015 | By Tracey Warr

A sense of not belonging coloured an outsider’s journey to the avant-garde, learns Tracey Warr

‘Curing Queers’: Mental Nurses and Their Patients, 1935-74, by Tommy Dickinson Subscription

26 March 2015 | By Chris Waters

A study of sexual injustice rejects the enormous condescension of posterity, argues Chris Waters

How to Write a Thesis, by Umberto Eco Subscription

19 March 2015 | By Robert Eaglestone

This guide gets right to the heart of the virtues that make a scholar, Robert Eaglestone discovers

Half Life: The Divided Life of Bruno Pontecorvo, Physicist or Spy, by Frank Close Subscription

12 March 2015 | By Jon Turney

A biography of a secretive scientist comes with a cast worthy of a le Carré novel, says Jon Turney

The Undersea Network, by Nicole Starosielski Subscription

5 March 2015

John Gilbey is fascinated by the unseen fibre-optic communications cables that gird the globe

Birth of a Theorem: A Mathematical Adventure, by Cédric Villani Subscription

26 February 2015

The lows and highs of a ‘rock star’ scholar cracking an impossible problem enthral Noel-Ann Bradshaw

To Explain The World: The Discovery of Modern Science, by Steven Weinberg Subscription

19 February 2015

A history of the steps humans took to explain how and why things work delights Cait MacPhee

Citizen Coke: The Making of Coca-Cola Capitalism, by Bartow J. Elmore Subscription

12 February 2015

Isabelle Szmigin on the not-so secret formula underpinning a highly profitable global model

Sea of Storms: A History of Hurricanes in the Greater Caribbean from Columbus to Katrina, by Stuart B. Schwartz Subscription

5 February 2015

Call it a ‘hypercane’ or a ‘weather bomb’, we’re as much at its mercy as ever, writes Philip Hoare

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