Strange Fruit: Why Both Sides are Wrong in the Race Debate by Kenan Malik (Oneworld, £18.99)
Trust: Self-interest and the Common Good by Marek Kohn (OUP, £10.99)
The Great Hall at the University of Reading is a lively piece of Victoriana: a broad neo-Romanesque structure suggestive of a nave, with a concave arched ceiling of gilt-edged rectangular sections painted a pastel green and decorated with rosettes.
The uniformity of its architectural style contrasts with the people I can see under its roof. Perhaps 200 students are at work here, and my guess, from their faces, is that between them…
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