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The Boy in the River. By Richard Hoskins. Pan Macmillan; 334 pages; £7.99. Buy from Amazon.co.uk

IN THE late 1980s Richard Hoskins, young and newly married, spent six years as a missionary in Bolobo, upriver from the Congolese capital, Kinshasa. Now back in Britain and something of an Africa specialist, he advises the authorities on tribal and

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Science in the Twentieth Century and Beyond. By Jon Agar. Polity; 614 pages; $35 and £30. Buy from Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk

SCIENCE works with problems by making them into manageable, manipulable abstractions. Jon Agar’s ambitious new book sets out to synthesise the insights of many recent historians of science. These might be anything from a field

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Sugar in the Blood: A Family’s Story of Slavery and Empire. By Andrea Stuart. Portobello; 425 pages; £18.99. To be published in America by Knopf in January; $28.95. Buy from Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk

WHEN next you visit one of England’s Tate museums, spare a thought for the slaves on whose backs the Tate & Lyle sugar empire originally rose. The B

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Knowing Too Much: Why the American Jewish Romance With Israel is Coming to an End. By Norman Finkelstein. OR Books; 472 pages; $18 and £12. Buy from Amazon.com

IT HAS become increasingly common for prominent liberal Jewish Americans to voice anguished disquiet over Israel’s behaviour. The most visible signs of this trend are books, such as Peter B

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James Joyce: A Biography. By Gordon Bowker. Farrar, Straus and Giroux; 608 pages; $35. Weidenfeld & Nicolson; £30. Buy from Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk

THROUGHOUT his life, James Joyce was known by many different names. As a young boy growing up in the “dear dirty Dublin” that he immortalised in his fiction, the author of “Dubliners” and “Ulysses”

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The Man Without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin. By Masha Gessen. Riverhead; 314 pages; $27.95. Granta; £20. Buy from Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk

Russian Politics: The Paradox of a Weak State. By Marie Mendras. Columbia University Press; 349 pages; $37.50. Hurst; £25. Buy from Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk

VLADIMIR PUTIN is once more ensconced

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Southseeing

The A303: Highway to the Sun. By Tom Fort. Simon & Schuster; 344 pages; £14.99. Buy from Amazon.co.uk

Hebden Bridge: A Sense of Belonging. By Paul Barker. Frances Lincoln; 205 pages; £16.99. Buy from Amazon.co.uk

TOM FORT pedals down the A303 in Britain’s soft south. Paul Barker trudges round Hebden Bridge in the hard north. Both w

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Pina’s present

BEFORE Pina Bausch, a German choreographer, died in 2009, she had planned to stage ten of her works in London as part of the city’s Olympic celebrations. The programme was casually discussed over dinner with Alistair Spalding, artistic director of Sadler’s Wells, but the prospect was daunting. Bausch’s productions tend to be techn

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