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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.