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Gray’s Anatomy: selected writings by John Gray. Published on 2nd April by Allen Lane

This selection of political philosopher John Gray’s essays is drawn from the last 20 years, but there’s nothing in the book that feels dated or threadbare. While eschewing any prescience, or seer-like credentials—he has consistently anticipated the shape of things to come, rather than being blindsided by them, like so many more ideological thinkers.

As Gray is at pains to stress in his introduction, he never fell for the nostrums of globalisation, any more than he believed for a nanosecond in the soi-disante “end…

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