Carey discusses bad-boy characters and Australian identity.
HarperCollins, 416pp, £12.99
Brooke Magnanti's skewering of others' bad stats is excellent. It's a shame she isn't blameless hers
Seasons in the Sun: the Battle for Britain, 1974-79
Allen Lane, 992pp, £30
In the Shadow of the Sword: the Battle for Global Empire and the End of the Ancient World
Little, Brown, 523pp, £25
Sandstorm: Libya in the Time of Revolution
Faber & Faber, 304pp, £17.99
Scenes from Early Life
Fourth Estate, 320pp, £18.99
The Sex Myth: Why Everything We're Told Is Wrong
Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 272pp, £14.99
"I don’t think I shall ever write anything again."