Books: must reads and events – The Times

Our choice of the best recent books
The Butchering Art by Lindsey Fitzharris (Allen Lane £16.99): how Joseph Lister’s antiseptic theories revolutionised hospitals

Ali by Jonathan Eig (Simon & Schuster £25): biography reveals the truth about the late boxer’s sexual appetites and treatment of his wives

The Nachman Storiesby Leonard Michaels (Daunt £9.99): subtle and superbly crafted short stories; a real discovery

Rome: A History in Seven Sackings by Matthew Kneale (Atlantic £20): an ingenious and colourful look at the Eternal City through its invasions

Brighton & Hove Yotam Ottolenghi and Helen Goh talk about their new book of desserts, Sweet, at Brighton Metropole, King’s Road, October 23, 7pm, £12. Visit for more details

London Claire Tomalin discusses her memoir, A Life of My Own, with…


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