This Week's Interview

Dauntless Daughters

Nancy Goldstone

The historian, whose latest book explores the destructive relationship between Marguerite de Valois and her mother Catherine de' Medici, explores pivotal mother-daughter relationships in five memoirs. 

Pick a section...


Five Books Podcast

Book of the Day


The Rule of Law

by Tom Bingham

“It shows that the highest level of the judiciary is really interested in the liberty of the individual and freedom in all its various guises”

About Five Books

We ask experts and authors to recommend the best books in their subject and explain, in an interview, why they're important.

Have a look at all the different topics we cover on this page. Click through to browse recommended books either by interview (for in-depth discussions) or by book (for short quotes about them).

How to support us

One easy -- and free -- way to support us is that if you buy anything (not just books) from after visiting our site, we automatically get a 7% commission.

If you're more committed, you can become a member by making a donation of $75.