Daniel Barenboim's Everything is Connected: The Power of Music is "a manifesto for sensitivity, understanding, peaceful coexistence and acceptance of common humanity", said Andrew Clark in the Financial Times. "I can't think of any other leading musician today who would extrapolate a connection, as Barenboim does, between Beethoven's Ninth Symphony and the 2001 World Trade Center attacks, or between harmonic progression and the Oslo peace process." "He describes brilliantly the way music works and the way in which its intricacies and logic justify his faith that everything is connected," agreed Bryan Appleyard in the Sunday Times, but "Barenboim falters when he strays into other realms. Perhaps because of his association with the late Edward Said - a man who was, to a rough approximation, wrong about everything - his cultural history can be a bit dodgy." "A reflective autobiographical book can enhance a great man's reputation," wrote Ed Smith in the Sunday Telegraph. "It would be a shame if this book had the opposite effect. Barenboim has achieved so much, as a musician as well as a symbol of hope in the Middle East."

"A generous reader would argue that Paul Auster has seized on his essential themes (narrative, words, chance, death), and, like his hero Samuel Beckett, is repeatedly recasting them in ever more economical and powerful ways," wrote Tom Gatti in the Times, reviewing Man in the Dark. "A fed-up reader would reply that Auster is a lazy old chancer writing the same book over and over again." "This would be an irritating novel if Auster were less sincere, if there was no audible cry of pain behind his narrative playfulness and wry authorial self-consciousness," said Ruth Scurr in the Daily Telegraph. "Auster (and his characters) know that solidarity and companionship in sorrow and sleeplessness are the best there is to hope for. Man in the Dark offers both, and in doing so, against the odds, becomes a life-affirming read." "For the first time, perhaps, in an Auster novel the heart is more important than the head," observed Stephen Abell in the Times Literary Supplement. "There is a pleasingly sentimental strain to the writing, which bears unsubtle witness to the primacy of love and lust ... It is a piece of work that is artistically life-affirming; it is postmodernism, for once, with a pulse."

"Unjust Rewards should be compulsory reading for anyone on £162,000 and over," declared Peter York in the Independent on Sunday. "The polls are now showing growing concern about inequality ... That extraordinary American book Richistan ... Robert Peston's recent Who Runs Britain?, and now Unjust Rewards are all focusing attention on the seriously rich. In tough times the Rich List Groupies are drifting away." "A persuasive case is made here for fairer taxation and justifiable state spending," said Iain Finlayson in the Times. "It is hard to disagree with Polly Toynbee and David Walker's call to tighten up tax laws," agreed Richard Reeves in the Daily Telegraph. "The oligarchic tendencies that are driving up executive pay, regardless of corporate performance, are also accurately dissected. But the authors' disgust at the lifestyles and views of the rich weakens the remainder of the argument. Is the motivation for taxing the rich more heavily to fund programmes to help the disadvantaged - or is it an attempt to take them down a peg or two?"



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