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HORSE: HOW THE HORSE HAS SHAPED CIVIL­I­SA­TION J Ed­ward Cham­ber­lin Sig­nal, £9.99

His­to­rian James Burke, who liked to cite the in­ven­tion of the stir­rup as one of the turn­ing points in hu­man his­tory, would ap­pre­ci­ate this book. Cham­ber­lin re­minds us how much hu­man­ity owes to the do­mes­ti­ca­tion of horses, some­thing eas­ily forgotten in this au­to­mated world, and casts an eye over his­tory’s most hip­pocen­tric cul­tures. Never less than fas­ci­nat­ing.

GREATER LOVE Lucy Wad­ham Faber, £12.99

When Aisha leaves her Por­tuguese vil­lage for the bright lights of Paris, she leaves her twin brother Jose be­hind. By the time he joins her, they’ve be­come so es­tranged that he falls un­der the in­flu­ence of a Mus­lim sheikh. Aisha has lit­tle choice but to be pulled along on this spir­i­tual jour­ney in a dark and poignant study of Mus­lim and Chris­tian cul­tures col­lid­ing and what can pos­si­bly unite them.

HITLER AND AP­PEASE­MENT Peter Neville Ham­ble­don Con­tin­uum, £12.99

We all think we know about Cham­ber­lain and his fa­mous piece of pa­per, but, as Peter Neville’s re­search shows, the Bri­tish gov­ern­ment’s pol­icy on Ger­many was a mea­sured re­sponse to the po­lit­i­cal tenor of the times. Neville takes a step-by-step over­view of how ap­pease­ment came to be the dom­i­nant at­ti­tude and how the ma­jor play­ers’ ac­tions, while wrong, were at least un­der­stand­able.

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