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When it comes to women's fashion, is the Age of Revelation over?


For more than a century, fashion designers 

sought to reveal the female body, on the basis that clothes were constraining, politically as well as physically, and that women demanded freedom from all the social conventions and prudery that had once kept them hidden and enslaved.

     But now, stylists are once again designing clothes that cover up the body, and their creations are being welcomed by various important and hitherto overlooked demographic groups.

     What's going on? Is this politics or something else? Hafsa Lodi, a law graduate from SOAS and a fashion enthusiast, examines the question in her book Modesty: A Fashion Paradox, available at a discount from our online bookshop.

     Hear Hafsa Lodi read an excerpt from her book on the Booklaunch YouTube channel.

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People were locked down at home, kept thinking they were safe when the mortality rates dropped, and quickly guessed that they were being lied to by the authorities. We're talking about the coronavirus pandemic, right? 


Wrong. Some 355 years before covid-19, London suffered from the last outbreak of the plague, otherwise known as the Black Death, that had devastated the world for the previous 300 years.

     Although the biology of the infection was different, the parallels with today are extraordinary and terrifying.  

     How Daniel Defoe could write about it with such precision is a mystery: he was only 5 when the plague struck in 1665 and didn't publish his Journal until 1722. However he did it, this is a case study in great documentary journalism.

     Hear Stephen Games read from Defoe's book on the Booklaunch YouTube channel.

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Why do we humiliate the poor for being poor?


People tend to treat the poor as if their poverty is their own fault—as if the conditions of disempowerment that we entrap them in are in reality the product of their own ineptitude or bad life decisions.

     Accusations like that not only rob people of rights and opportunities, they're also deeply hurtful.

     Mary O'Hara is an award-winning journalist and author specialising in social policy and social justice. She was inspired to write about these issues in part because of her experience of childhood poverty growing up in Belfast, Northern Ireland. 

     In her new book, The Shame Game, she asks how attitudes of blame and condescension that perpetuate inequality and social division can be overturned.

     Hear Mary O'Hara read from her book on the Booklaunch YouTube channel.     

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  2 Phineas Foster | The London Yoot Bible

  3 Stephen Games | Moving London north

  4 Trevor Pateman | Philosophical bites

  5 Antonio Spilimbergo and Krishnan

     Srinivasan | Brazil’s chances of recovery

  6 Naguib Mahfouz | Egyptian stories

  7 Peter and Susan Barrett | Greece in the


  8 Lynne Pettinger | Workplace problems 

  9 Steven King | Archives of English


10 Paul and Julie Knoepfler | Building a

     living dragon 

11 20th Century Society | 100 churches

12 Keith Kahn-Harris | Antisemitism and


13 Peta Tait | Victorian animal abuse

14 Claudy Op den Kamp and Dan Hunter

     50 examples of intellectual property

15 Vivien Whelpton | Richard Aldington

16 Susan Barrett | Novel set in wartime


17 Linda Lo Scuro | Novel set in Sicily

18 Stan L. Abbott | Novel about psychosis 

19 Carla Gagliardi | Novel set in Italy



  4 Eddie Thomas Pedersen | Danish novel

  5 Helena Rosenblatt | A history of


  6 Nicola Gennaioli and Andrei Schleifer

     Investor psychology 

  7 Royal Academy | Klimt and Schiele 

  8 Michael Rosen | Socialist fairy tales

  9 Jonathan Edwards | Gen (new Welsh


10 Nolen Getz | Nihilism and technology

11 Ian Shircore | Clive James’s songs 

12 Kenneth Powell | Arup Associates’


14 David Gladstone | British diplomat's

     memoir of Sri Lanka

15 Peter Hain | Nelson Mandela biography

16 Catherine McIlwaine | Tolkien's


17 Dermot Turing | Breaking ‘Enigma’ 

18 Stefan Muthesius and Miles Glendinning

     High-rise public housing

19 Chris Honor | Chriskitch cookbook

20 Robert Best | English modern design

21 Stephen Games | Cat language

21 Anon | The memories of an estate agent

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  2 Editorial | The dangers of binarism

  3 Philip Seargeant | How politicians

     construct their lies 

  4 Athena Aktipis | The evolution of the

     cancer cell

  6 Kevin Hand | Looking for alien life  

  7 Rowland Wynne | Evan James

     Williams: atomic physicist

  8 Brigitte Benkemoun | Artists in Paris

  9 Ashmolean Museum | The making of

     Young Rembrandt

10 Caspar Melville | London's music scene 

11 Yunis Alam | Cars and the Muslim street

12 Ashmolean Museum | Wood engraving

14 Michael Waterhouse | Novel about

     soldier on active service in Afghanistan

15 Trevor Pateman | Policy on statues

16 Neil Wilkie | Reigniting love in

     failing relationships

17 Russell Meagher | Novel about the 

     impact of sudden wealth

18 Booklaunch | How to design a book


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Two conflicting charges have been laid against the judiciary in recent years: that they act to block the will of the people or go beyond their remit to try and shape it. Do they?


Late in 2019 judges prevented the British prime minister's proroguing of parliament by deciding that no such proroguing had taken place.

     Their decision was one of several that outraged some politicians and their constituents, as well as parts of the media that habitually accuse judges of intervening in politics to achieve outcomes that are either too left wing or too right wing.

     Joshua Rozenberg, presenter of the BBC's "Law in Action", weighs up the evidence in his book Enemies of the People?, the title of which came from a dramatic headline in the Daily Mail.

     Hear Joshua Rozenberg read from his book on the Booklaunch YouTube channel.

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  3 David Nutt | Bringing realism to

     government policy on drugs

  4 Ian Thewlis | Arabian Night Patrol 

  5 Simon QuailA life in merchant


  6 Christopher Maycock | Overland to

     India in 1963—with Lady Betjeman

  7 Tim Symonds | A new Sherlock Holmes


  8 Mary O'Hara | Learning how not to

     shame the poor

  9 Barry Cohen | Poland’s hidden Jews

10 Scott Hames | Scottish literary


12 Rob Liddiard and David Sims 

     East Anglian WW2 archaeology

14 R. Gareth Wyn Jones | Energy

15 Booklaunch | Literary art for sale

16 Era Dabla-Norris | Interwar sovereign

     debt in six countries

18 Ong Boon Hwee and Mark Goyder

     Creating a responsible capitalism

19 Brian D Earp and Julian Savulescu  

     Using drugs to mend relationships

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  3 Simon May | The culture of "cute"

  4 Ruth Pavey | Buying a wood in


  5 Summer Brennan | Women and high


  6 Brian Hiatt | Bruce Springsteen

  7 Duane Tudahl | Prince and Purple Rain

  8 Robert Best | English modern design  

  9 Richard Hollis | Henry van de Velde

10 Marie Bader | Love in Nazi Prague

11 Jonathan Fennell | Commonwealth

     armies in WW2

12 Emma Stibbon | Art in fire and ice

13 Trevor Pateman | The author's voice

14 Stephen Games | A non-linear Bible

15 Tim Mackintosh-Smith | The Arabs

16 Theodor W. Adorno and Max

     Horkheimer | A new manifesto 

17 Justin E.H. Smith | A history of


18 Rosemary Kidman Cox (ed) | Wildlife


19 John Betjeman | English hymns

20 Julie Hankey | A family memoir

22 Chris Hilton | A love affair in Cuba

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Have you ever had difficulty telling Jeremy Corbyn and Donald Trump apart?


No? You may not have spent as much time with Labour Party activists as Dimitri Batrouni. 

     Dr Batrouni is a councillor, has worked in Parliament and the Welsh Assembly, helped in the US presidential campaigns of 2008 and 2012, and now teaches public policy at the University of Bristol.

     In the last chapters of his new book, he looks at how senior figures in the Labour Party discussed policy ideas under Jeremy Corbyn's leadership, and reveals surprising parallels—always denied by Corbyn—between Corbyn's stances and those promoted by Donald Trump.

     The book is the product of extensive research within the Labour Party. 

     Hear Dimitri Batrouni read from his book on the Booklaunch YouTube channel.

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  2 Editorial | The coronavirus: could

     anything good come of it?

  3 Georg Cavallar | Kant and politics

  4 Paul Lashmar | Spies and media spin 

  5 Joshua Rozenberg | Are judges biased?

  6 Kalpana Kochhar, Sonali Jain-Chandra,

     Monique Newiak | Third-world women  

  7 Alison Phipps | White feminism

  8 Hafsa Lodi | Modesty in fashion

10 Deborah Sugg Ryan | Interwar design

11 Richard Griffiths | Conserving old


12 Michael Holman | Post-colonial Africa

13 Lonely Planet | Beauty spots with water

14 Jonathan Lawley | Extinction threat

15 Ibrahim Fraihat | Iran & Saudi Arabia

16 IMF | Nepal's economic recovery

17 Ahmet Yorulmaz | Turks in Crete

18 Dimitri Batrouni | Labour Party

     policy issues 

19 Thomas Nail | On re-reading Lucretius

20 Ramsey Campbell | Occult novel

21 Jonathan Newell | Weird horror

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  2 Phineas Foster | Poems for babies

  3 Editorial | On our 1st anniversary

  4 Jennifer Wallace | Tragedy since 9/11

  5 Tucker Malarkey | Salmon extinction

  6 Catherine Belsey | Literary ghosts

  8 Glyn Ford | North Korea

  9 Julian Cribb | Food or War 

10 Paul Murphy | Autobiography

11 Alfred Schipke and others | Chinese


12 Penelope Hobhouse with Ambra

     Edwards | A history of gardening

14 Kenneth Carter| Adrenalin addiction

15 Sam Wren-Lewis | The happiness


16 Neil MacGregor | As others see us 

17 Keith Carter | The Umbrella Men


18 Lonely Planet | Top UK destinations 

20 Trevor Pateman | Musings

21 Ian Shircore | Clive James’s lyrics 

22 Patrick Kelly | Novel about love during

      Northern Ireland's Troubles

23 Anita Mason | Political ghost story

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  3 François-Xavier Fauvelle | African 


  4 Stefan Merrill Block | Oliver Loving

  5 Gavriel D. Rosenfeld | Fears of Nazism

  6 Celeste-Marie Bernier and Andrew

     Taylor | The Frederick Douglass archive

  8 Adrienne Mayor | Robots and gods  

  9 Thomas Kren | The Renaissance nude

10 Felipe Fernandez-Armesto | Human


11 Marilyn Hacker | Blazons (poetry)

11 Fawzi Karim | Incomprehensible lesson


12 Jay Prosser | Britain's Asian empire 

14 Sean Seeger | Joyce and Walcott

15 David L. Hu | How animals move

16 Trevor Pateman | Essays 

17 Michael and Stephen Farthing  

     Leonardo da Vinci and the human body

18 Brian Verity | Killing my wife

19 Kate Ashton | Eric Gill's lost legacy

20 Kirby Porter | A Northern Ireland


22 Karen Strang | Rimbaud in Scots dialect

23 Peter Archer | Science fiction comedy

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