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With echoes of The Go-Between, this touching short memoir tells the story of a young boy who is invited to stay with a school friend during the summer holidays and finds himself at Chartwell, the family home of Winston Churchill.
How Vladimir Putin rules Russia follows the long tradition of Russian leaders, from tsars to Soviet presidents. Mixing her own reportage of recent events in Putin's Russia, with anthropology and history, the author asks why the Russian people seem to need the rule of an autocrat, and analyses the characteristics...