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Thubron is a travel writer in the old style, for whom the writing is as much the point as the travel, writes Nikhil Krishnan
Jeremy Paxman makes a good case for coal as central to Britain's power, says Kate Hubbard
Oliver Cromwell died today in 1658. His personality and faith are tricky to discern - possibly due to his extraordinary transformation, says David Horspool
The original John Lewis, born in 1836, was apprenticed to a draper in Shepton Mallet, Somerset, but the hero of the story is Spedan, his son . By Valerie Grove
Frances Wilson finds parallels in Anne Theroux's memoir about her marriage to Paul Theroux and his memoir about the demise of his relationship with V S Naipaul
Andrew Lownie applauds Anne Sebba's focus on Ethel Rosenberg. She sees the tragedy as a domestic drama of betrayal and partly as an American equivalent of the Dreyfus case.
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