This is Iain Martin’s weekly newsletter for Reaction subscribers. To receive it by email, subscribe to Reaction here.

There are a few additions to this week’s newsletter for Reaction subscribers. Below the political commentary I’ve included a “what I’m reading” section. One of the pleasures of editing Reaction is being bombarded with new books by publishers. They know we’re expanding our books coverage and interviewing authors for our fledgling YouTube channel. There are live events for subscribers planned for this autumn too, if the country continues getting on top of the damn virus.

As well as those books sent from publishers, I have a bookshop addiction that is getting worse every week. The result is piles of books all over the place, and me with three or four new titles on the go at a time. I thought it might be useful for me to flag here what I’m enjoying.