Heroes and villains

The Spice of Life, by John Jolliffe

Time out in Tuscany

The Last Supper: A Summer in Italy, by Rachel Cusk

Perfectly unreliable

Ticks and Crosses: Personal Terms 4, by Frederic Raphael

Behind the fighting lines

Memories of an SOE Historian, by M. R. D. Foot

The misery of an intellectual

Reborn: Susan Sontag, Early Diaries, 1947-1964, edited by David Rieff Swimming in a Sea of Death: A Son’s Memoir, by David Rieff

The spice of danger

From the Front Line: Family Letters & Diaries, 1900 to the Falklands & Afghanistan, by Hew Pike