May 2021: Non-fiction Previews

Christmas comes but once a year. Except, judging by the heft of this month’s preview, you need to prepare for a second coming. It’s doubtless the result of so many titles being held over from last year to spring 2021, in the expectation that “things could only get better” by then.

If bookshops are open again by May, life as we know it will be a damn sight better, of course; and it will give all these books—many the results of years’ of graft—at least a shot at the limelight. As far as possible, I’ve tried to major on début authors for my highlights, though I’ve had to neglect a raft of bo...

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