FiveBooks Newsletter 28

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Dear FiveBooks Readers,

Happy New Year.
We hope you had a good break and are enjoying the newly merged sites at

A great week of interviews at FiveBooks, with Douglas Hurd on political
biographies,  Branko  Milanovic  on  Inequality  Between  Nations  and
Daniel Norcross  celebrating  England's  Ashes  victory with five book
recommendations on Cricket.

_[2]Andrew Gelman on Statistics_
Monday, January 3th
Award-winning statistician and political scientist Andrew Gelman says that
uncertainty  is  an  important  part  of life, and recognition of that
uncertainty is itself an important step. This is where statistics can help

_[3]Renata Salecl on Human Misery_
Tuesday, January 4th
The Slovenian philosophy professor decries the tyranny of choice and says we
now expect long life, a beautiful body, sexual and job satisfaction. The
illusion that we can perfect ourselves dooms us to failure and misery.

_[4]Simon Garfield on Typefaces_
Wednesday, January 5th
Simon Garfield, the author of _Just My Type_, talks about the fonts we love
and  the  fonts  we  love  to hate. Comic Sans is famously the world’s
most loathed.

_[5]Lord Douglas Hurd on Political Biographies_
Thursday, January 6th
Former Foreign Secretary and writer Douglas Hurd says that biographies of
politicians  are  the  best  way to make history interesting. His five
books look  at  the  lives  of some of Britain’s best-known Tory Prime

_[6]Branko Milanovic on Inequality Between Nations and Peoples_
Friday, January 7th
World Bank economist and author of _The Haves and the Have-Nots: A Short and
Idiosyncratic  History of Global Inequality_, discusses global economic
inequality and says internal issues of inequality breed aggressive foreign

_[7]Daniel Norcross on Cricket_
Saturday, January 8th
Playwright and founder of [8] Daniel Norcross chooses five
books on the game that almost started a war, broke down colour barriers and
led to the dismantling of apartheid in South Africa.

_[9]Eloisa James on Romance Writing_
Sunday, January 9th
Bestselling romantic novelist Eloisa James says romance novels are all
pretty  feminist  – even historical heroines (who couldn’t hold a job)
are forthright, strong women.

Have a wonderful week and happy reading.

The FiveBooks team at TheBrowser

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