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The year in stories

A rich bounty of non-fiction narratives explains a rapidly changing world; the best of fiction mines the human heart

Family secrets

Mukherjee’s debut novel, Dark Circles, explores the human frailty — the inability of the living to hold the dead to account for their faults and fallacies.

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Next year: new books by Amitav Ghosh, HM Naqvi and Toni Morrison

The Table is Set

An informed account of the periodic table, and how chemistry relates to the world around and within us

Before Freedom Came

A personal, political and elegant account of the months leading up to Bangladesh’s independence

To Hell and Back

Nadia Murad’s life in captivity and after, and the violence she, and other Yazidis, endured at the hands of ISIS

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Where the Wild Things Are

In author Padmini Mongia’s latest book, bats fly kites and tortoises skateboard to their heart’s content

Wild At Heart

Wildlife biologist Rauf Ali takes on animals, bureaucrats, politicians, policemen, villagers, students, forest officers — and everyone he encounters during the course of his work and research, with point-blank frankness.

Spirituality, mystery, detectives and growth (Book Reviews)

Books review of the week: Blake Crouch's Pines, Amma's Pearls Of Wisdom by Mata Amritanandamayi, Alexander McCall Smith's The House of Unexpected Sisters and The Growth Delusion by David Pilling.

Unlike Rushdie: Simple plot but relevant in a world of alternative facts

Rushdie, as in his previous works, displays immense skills of observation, but takes it a little too far in matching these with the film-making traits of his personality. He invokes analogies from so many areas that it becomes a nightmare for the reader to keep track of all the things.

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