The historian, whose latest book explores the destructive relationship between Marguerite de Valois and her mother Catherine de' Medici, explores pivotal mother-daughter relationships in five memoirs.
The historian defines and discusses micro-history, choosing five books that use historical minutiae to answer big questions about the past.
Without them, plants and animals wouldn’t exist and even the Earth’s geology would be different. Paul Falkowski recommends five books on microbes.
They were young, they were radical, they influenced everything from Nietzsche to The Sound of Music. Angela Hobbs introduces the best books on the Presocratics.
We live at a time of unprecedented insight into the workings of our own minds. We can use this knowledge to improve both ourselves and humanity, argues the neuroscientist.
The author and journalist describes how racism, violence, and corruption became entrenched in police departments across America. He picks five books describing a stark reality, and suggests a blueprint for change
Existential anxiety drives our lives but most of us are too frightened to think about it, says the psychologist and author. He chooses the best books on the fear of death.
Katrina was not a natural disaster but an engineering one, says the journalist and author. He chooses the best books on Hurricane Katrina, ranging from a novel to a geographical biography of New Orleans.
What is fairness? What does it mean to be brave? Can you step in the same river twice? Peter Worley chooses books for children that will help them become budding philosophers.