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How many books about Niger do you own? Like most of its fellow Sahelian states, although historically, geographically and culturally fascinating, Niger remains largely ignored by outsiders
Far removed from her previous works of feminist discourse, this is best read almost as a travelogue, a lyrical journey of discovery in the rainforests of southern Queensland, and a personal challenge to the supposed inevitability of environmental degradation

PIERDOM by Simon Roberts

This is a lovely publication: a pictorial record of Britain’s remaining pleasure piers; some no more than slumping ruins, others bright and gaudy – little time capsules that preserve sunny weekends from what might be the 1950s
There’s a certain irony in a vertigo sufferer, who moreover has had to overcome a strong dislike of cold weather, achieving record feats at the world’s highest altitude and in its most frigid climates
Paul Collier invites us to engage in an immigration debate that moves ‘beyond views that are theatrically polarized and stridently expressed’. A worthwhile goal and, although some of the underpinnings of Collier’s specific arguments are problematic, his calm, scholarly rigour warrants respect
Yann Arthus-Bertrand’s previous book, on humanity’s relationship with the sea, contained a stunning series of images that often seemed to come from another planet. This new volume takes a different perspective
In 1863, seven plucky Victorians embarked upon Thomas Cook’s first ‘Conducted Tour of Switzerland’. One of their number, Jemima Anne Morrell, kept a journal and, a century-and-a-half later, Diccon Bewes decided to follow in her footsteps
There are two aspects of this book that are of particular interest. The first is Gabriel Lafitte’s commentary on the sharp sense of industrial inferiority felt by China’s Communists in 1949, and their belief that fast-paced industrialisation was essential

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