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Ruled or Misruled

Published: October 4, 2015 12:21 AM

Ruled or Misruled
Santosh Singh
Bloomsbury
Pp 341
R499

Singh offers a 360-degree journey of Bihar politics since independence, especially since the Congress’ downfall in 1990. This book tells the interesting and tumultuous journey of the post-1990 legends of Bihar politics—Nitish Kumar, Lalu Prasad, Ram Vilas Paswan and
Jitan Ram Manjhi.

The Health Gap: The Challenge of an
Unequal World
Michael Marmot
Bloomsbury
Pp 387
R499

Citing examples and statistics, The Health Gap presents compelling evidence for a radical change in the way we think about health and society, and inspires us to address the societal imbalances in power, money and resources that work against health equity.

A is for Arsenic: The Poisons of Agatha Christie
Kathryn Harkup
Bloomsbury
R399
Pp 320

Agatha Christie used poison to kill characters more often than any other crime-fiction writer. A is for Arsenic looks at why certain chemicals kill, how they interact with the body and the feasibility of obtaining, administering and detecting the poisons, both when Christie was writing and today.

Scarpia
Piers Paul Read
Bloomsbury
R499
Pp367

It is the late 18th century and a young Sicilian nobleman, Vitellio Scarpia, finds himself penniless and in disgrace on the streets of Rome. After leaving his home to pursue a military career, his impulsive and undisciplined nature has led to his expulsion from Spanish royal guard.

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