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SUSIE STEINER Homecoming Sensitive but not saccharine portrait of a North Yorkshire farming family in times of trouble and joy (Faber & Faber £12.99)
BLANCHE VAUGHAN In One Pot From avgolemono to watermelon granita - with techniques explained, this book gives ideas aplenty for lunches, suppers and everything in between. (Weidenfeld & Nicholson £18.99)
WILLIAM DALRYMPLE Return of a King The most gripping account of the First Anglo-Afghan war since Flashman. William Dalyrmple’s understanding of the competing source material in numerous languages is profound. Getting on for 200 years since the conflict, this book will plunge you back into the midst of the Great Game. Narrated with masterful clarity, objectivity and pace it is a riveting read.
JOHN GRAY The Silence of Animals John Gray’s latest book is a critique of progress, or rather human faith in progress and other delusions. Packed with literary references, Gray’s refreshingly clear philosophy could not be more stimulating or challenging. A short book that reveals that rare thing, a widely read English intellectual at the top of his game. (Allen Lane £18.99)
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