Desiring Arabs - Blind Willie McTell - Fire in the Blood - Born Free
by Joseph A Massad
(Chicago University Press £11.50)
A detailed and groundbreaking history of Arabic attitudes to homosexuality that shatters many stereotypes. Not an easy read but worth the effort.
Hand Me My Travelin' Shoes
by Michael Gray
Bob Dylan chronicler Gray goes in search of the story of legendary US blues musician, Blind Willie McTell, who grew up in Georgia during Jim Crow segregation in the first half of the 20th century.
Fire in the Blood
by Irène Némirovsky
A wonderfully atmospheric portrait of village life in France where rules of how life should be led, particularly by women, are still set in stone.
We Are All Born Free
by Amnesty International
(Frances Lincoln £12.99)
Published to mark the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, this is a book for a young audience. Each page is a simplified statement of a human right illustrated by a different artist.