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Seneca: A Life Emily Wilson 7 Robin Lane Fox

Darius in the Shadow of Alexander Pierre Briant 9 Richard Miles

Hannibal: A Hellenistic Life Eve MacDonald b i o g r a p hy 10 Paul Johnson

Universal Man: The Seven Lives of John Maynard Keynes Richard Davenport-Hines 12 Victoria Glendinning

A Curious Friendship: The Story of a Bluestocking & a Bright Young Thing Anna Thomasson 13 John Gribbin

Half Life: The Divided Life of Bruno Pontecorvo, Physicist or Spy Frank Close memoir 14 Samantha Ellis

Late Fragments Kate Gross • Girl in the Dark Anna Lyndsey 15 Lyndall Gordon

Leaving Before the Rains Come Alexandra Fuller 15 Jeremy Lewis

Loose Connections: From Narva Maantee to Great Russell Street Esther Menell way o f the wor l d 17 Andy Martin

The Utopia of Rules: On Technology, Stupidity, & the Secret Joys of Bureaucracy David Graeber 18 Philip Roscoe

Cryptocurrency: How Bitcoin & Digital Money are Challenging the Global Economic Order Paul Vigna & Michael J Casey 19 Adam Roberts

The Looting Machine: Warlords, Tycoons, Smugglers, & the Systematic Theft of Africa’s Wealth Tom Burgis 21 Martin Vander Weyer

How Good We Can Be: Ending the Mercenary Society & Building a Great Country Will Hutton

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