How to Make the World Add Up: Ten Rules for Thinking Differently About Numbers, by Tim Harford, The Bridge Street Press, RRP£20 

In a bid to bring clarity to a subject that often leaves many of us a bit baffled, the FT's Undercover Economist presents 10 practical rules for how to think effectively about numbers and data in a world where statistics matter more than ever. 

The Powerful and the Damned: Private Diaries in Turbulent Times, by Lionel Barber, WH Allen, RRP£25

Former FT editor recalls his electric encounters with the great (and less than laudable) actors in politics, business and social circuits, from Davos to Mayfair, and from Mohammed bin Salman to Angela Merkel.

The Economics of Belonging: A Radical Plan to Win Back the Left Behind and Achieve Prosperity for All, by Martin Sandbu, Princeton University Press, RRP£20

Against global divisions of wealth and populism, the FT’s European Economics Commentator proposes a new social contract championing education, wage equality and personal ownership of data.

Investing to Save the Planet, by Alice Ross, Penguin Business, RRP£14.99

The FT’s deputy news editor explores the horizons of responsible and eco-conscious investing, explaining the opportunities but also highlighting the problem of “greenwashing” and other corporate chicanery.

Kleptopia: How Dirty Money is Conquering the World, by Tom Burgis, William Collins, RRP£20

Dirty money is the sprawling target in this complex tale of international corruption by FT investigative journalist Tom Burgis, which also analyses the geopolitical motives for these shadowy transactions.

Should Auld Acquaintance Be Forgot: The Great Mistake of Scottish Independence, by John Lloyd, Polity, RRP£20

This rebuttal of the case for Scottish independence from an FT contributing editor argues that Scotland would meet a new age of precarity, not opportunity, if it were to look to the EU as its new political partner.

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