Everyone has their preferred festive fare – but what might it tell you about your reading habits? Here, we use cutting-edge literary science to formulate a personalised recommended book list, whether you’re a stuffing buff, a potato pundit or a sprout savant.
From the climate crisis to race and gender inequality, here are books crammed with galvanising ways to make the world a fairer place, just in time to inspire that special inspiring someone on your Christmas list.
One of the great joys of reading non-fiction is stumbling across an idea so fascinating you’re compelled to share it with everyone you know. Here, authors Mary Ann Sieghart, Azeem Azhar and more share their favourites.
In Cut Short: Youth Violence, Loss and Hope in the City, author Ciaran Thapar explores the ways violence is perpetrated – and replicated – in urban communities. In this extract, a gatecrasher interrupts a funeral wake.
Ciaran Thapar is a youth worker, social activist and writer based in London. His journalism on serious youth violence, austerity politics, British multiculturalism and contemporary music culture can be found in the Guardian, British GQ, Vice and Pitchfork. He has experience developing and delivering charity programmes in secondary schools, youth clubs and prisons. As Founder of RoadWorks, a music and social education charity, Ciaran has advocated on behalf of young people in both Houses of Parliament, on national television and radio, and in legal court proceedings. He holds an MSc in Political Theory from London School of Economics. This is his first book.
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