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I ain’t a helk—I’m a gnu!

Serengeti Story: Life and Science in the World’s Greatest Wildlife Region. By Anthony Sinclair. Oxford University Press; 270 pages; $34.99 and £18.99. Buy from Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk

NESTLED between the two arms of east Africa’s Great Rift Valley sits a vast plain on which roams an extraordinarily rich diversity of life.

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Vivacious star of Genevieve and The Railway Children

Though the actor Dinah Sheridan, who has died aged 92, was an "English rose" of the type still firmly in vogue in British theatre and films of the immediate postwar era, she had a vivacity and depth of talent that went further than the label suggested.

The 1953 film that would almost certainly...

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Edge of Empires: A History of Georgia. By Donald Rayfield. Reaktion; 500 pages; £35. To be published in America next month. Buy from Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk

Georgia: A Political History since Independence. By Stephen Jones. I.B. Tauris; 376 pages; £35. To be published in America next month. Buy from Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk

TO MOST outsiders

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Misunderstanding Financial Crises: Why We Don’t See Them Coming. By Gary Gorton. Oxford University Press; 278 pages; $29.99 and £19.99. Buy from Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk

BEN BERNANKE, the chairman of the Federal Reserve, was once asked for his recommended reading on financial crises. He named the work of Gary Gorton, a Yale University professor.

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The channels' director is proud about offering audiences something he believes they can't get anywhere else

James Hunt is thinking about Jon Hamm. In the bath. With Daniel Radcliffe. The Sky Arts channel director's interest is entirely professional, looking ahead to his adaptation of Mikhail Bulgakov's A Young Doctor's Notebook, in which the two...

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Good luck to the lady

Reforming the Unreformable: Lessons From Nigeria. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala. MIT Press; 192 pages; $24.95 and £17.95. Buy from Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk

NGOZI OKONJO-IWEALA is a woman who speaks her mind. Just over a year into her second stint as Nigeria’s finance minister, she has written a new book that she describes as a road map f

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A political sex satire from the director of Silver Linings Playbook and a cop film from Tony Kaye are among the casualties of the company's financial woes

If you went to the movies over the weekend, it is possible you saw Silver Linings Playbook, David O Russell's screwball romcom, tipped to repeat the Oscar success of his previous film, The Fighter...

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Power in paint

POWER shoots upwards from his feet through his torso and onward to his fists as he pummels his opponent. Both men’s faces are raw-meat red. The boxing ring is surrounded by a vast crowd but only the faces of the men closest to the ropes are lit up, several chomping on cigars. It may have been a smoke-filled hall but there is no hint o

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Great Houses of London. By James Stourton. Photographs by Fritz von der Schulenburg. Frances Lincoln; 328 pages; £40. Buy from Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk

COFFEE-TABLE books are expensive, doorstop-heavy and mostly unreadable—or at least unread. What counts are the beautiful photographs, the thick glossy paper; not the words. One notable exception is a

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