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Flash Back

Three decades on, Harry Flashman, the philandering protagonist of George MacDonald Fraser’s Flashman series, is still sympathetic

Agente Provocatrice

Schools of Thought

Children’s literature has been hit hard by the culture wars. Anthony Horowitz suggests giving in less—and listening to Ricky Gervais more

Big Tobacco, but for Big Fish

Investigating the dark underbelly of salmon farming, journalists find echoes of the oil and tobacco industries

The Arrangement

Murder, They Wrote

Killers, poseurs, and arrivistes … criminals with social ambition and a taste for vengeance dominate this month’s new mystery novels

Game of Thrones

The Original Playboy

A Lexical Feast

Grand Slam

A Numbers Game

We associate algebra, geometry, and calculus with practicality and logic. But the origins of math are as mysterious as any scripture

La Vie en Azur

A new book celebrates the sun-soaked and star-studded legacy of the French Riviera

Second Act

At 46 years old, Joanna Quinn finally published the novel she’s been wanting to write for decades. Now it’s shaping up to be the book of the summer (and fall)

Staff Picks

Don’t miss a detailed account of Harvey Weinstein’s rise and fall; the inside story of the U.S.’s war against the Islamic State; and a history of Fire Island

Kuwait from on High

The Dior Allure

A new book tells the history of the couture house through its storied Paris headquarters

Callil Confidential

For many years, Carmen Callil dominated London’s literary and feminist scenes. In a memoir, the outspoken Melbourne native travels back in time

Notes from Underground

Plot Twist

In his forthcoming novel, The Twist of a Knife, Anthony Horowitz has taken a metaphysical approach to revenge by killing the Sunday Times theater critic

The Rhys Woman

Going Rogue

Eight questions with Patrick Radden Keefe, best known for his accounts of the Irish Troubles and the Sacklers, whose new book profiles all manner of crooks

You Say Tomato, I Say Tomahto

Misery Loves Company

Ottessa Moshfegh’s bleak yet funny novels have earned her a cult following. Her new book takes things a step further

Talking Contradiction

Notes from the archive of the Jewish Nobel Prize laureate Isaac Bashevis Singer show that even he, a renowned pacifist, was torn when it came to Israel and its place in the world