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Curfewed Night by Basharat Peer

Basharat Peer's Curfewed Night (HarperPress, £16.99) is a courageous and necessary book on Kashmir. We have hundreds of tomes on the world's most militarised zone, annoyingly written largely by foreigners. Basharat's book is what the story of violence in Kashmir has needed for a long time. Ed Vulliamy's Amexica (Bodley Head, £20) is a harrowing read about the narcowars in Mexico, economic exploitation and the horrors of the globalised drug trade. Max Blumenthal's Republican Gomorrah (Nation Books, £8.99), about the dark heart of the US Republican Party, will keep you up at night. My reading list isn't all occupation, violence and terror (OK, it is largely) - Gary Shtyengart's dystopian Super Sad True Love Story (Granta Books, £12.99) made me laugh until I realised that the end, as Shtyengart sees it, might be nigh.


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This article first appeared in the 22 November 2010 issue of the New Statesman, Advantage Cameron