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1. A broken little boy and the foster parents who saved him: Son’s emotional letter to his adopted parents ten years after they helped him escape his abusive father. Rachel Halliwell, Daily Mail

2. Lovers, Prospectors and Predators. David Brooks, New York Times

3. Dustin Hoffman sexually harassed me when I was 17. Anna Graham Hunter, Hollywood Reporter

4. An engrossing account of the life of Karl Marx. The Economist

5. What we learned about Osama bin Laden from the contents of his computer. Amelia Tait, New Statesman