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THIS MONTH’S PULPITis written by Carole Angier, author of Jean Rhys and, most recently, The Double Bond, Primo Levi: A Biography(Penguin).

JOHNGRAYis the author of Black Mass: Apocalyptic Religion and The Death of Utopia (Allen Lane).

ROBERT NYE won this year’s Cholmondeley Award for poetry. His latest book is The Rain and the Glass: 99 Poems New & Selected (Greenwich Exchange).

LESLIEMITCHELLis Emeritus Fellow of University College, Oxford. His most recent publications include a life of Bulwer-Lytton and a study of the Whig Party entitled The Whig World.

FIONAMACINTOSHis Senior Research Fellow, Archive of Performances of Greek and Roman Drama, Oxford University.

PIERS BRENDON’s The Decline and Fall of the British Empire, 1781–1997 was published last month by Cape.

BRENDAMADDOX’s Freud’s Wizard: The Enigma of Ernest Joneshas just been issued in paperback by John Murray.

HARRYMOUNTis the author of Amo, Amas, Amat and All That: How to Become a Latin Lover(Short Books).

PHILIPWOMACKlikes grammar and knows the name of Caligula’s horse. His children’s book, The Other Book, is published (hurrah!) in January.

DAVIDCESARANI is research professor in history at Royal Holloway, University of London. His most recent book is Eichman: His Life and Crimes.

HAZHIR TEIMOURIAN’s Omar Khayyam: Poet, Rebel, Astronomer is published this month by Sutton.















JOHNGRAY Descents of Memory: The Life of John Cowper Powys Morine Krissdóóttir PIERS BRENDON Kipling Sahib: India and the Making of Rudyard Kipling Charles Allen ROBERTNYE The Lodger: Shakespeare on Silver Street Charles Nicholl PAULJOHNSON The Collected Letters of Harriet Martineau (Ed) Deborah Anna Logan BRENDAMADDOX Two Lives: Gertrude and Alice Janet Malcolm





DAVIDCESARANI The Years of Extermination: Nazi Germany and the Jews 1939–1945 Saul Friedläänder DAVIDBUTLER Politics and The People: A History of British Democracy Since 1918 Kevin Jefferys FREDERICKTAYLOR Iron Curtain: From Stage to Cold War Patrick Wright SAULDAVID Diamonds, Gold and War: The Making of South Africa Martin Meredith

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LESLIEMITCHELL Balfour: The Last Grandee R J Q Adams SIMONHEFFER Sibelius Andrew Barnett JONATHANMIRSKY Sylvia, Queen of the Headhunters Philip Eade JEREMYLEWIS As I Was Going to St Ives: A Life of Derek Jackson Simon Courtauld



FIONAMACINTOSH How to Stage Greek Tragedy Today Simon Goldhill OSWYNMURRAY The Greeks and Greek Love James Davidson


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HARRYMOUNT Ad Infinitum: A Biography of Latin Nicholas Ostler ALLANMASSIE The Roman Triumph Mary Beard PETERJONES Caesar: A Life in Western Culture Maria Wyke PATRICKCK DUNCOMBE Orgy Planner Wanted Vicki Leóón

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GERARDBAKER My Life Fidel Castro JOHNSWEENEY One Soldier’s War in Chechnya Arkady Babchenko WALTERGRATZER A Life Decoded: My Genome – My Life J Craig Venter JESSICAMANN Selective Memory Katharine Whitehorn


Editor: NANCYSLADEK Deputy Editor: TOMFLEMING Editor-at-Large: JEREMYLEWIS Assistant Editor: PHILIPWOMACK Contributing Editors: SEBASTIANSHAKESPEARE Advertising Manager: TERRYFINNEGAN Classified Advertising: DAVIDSTURGE Founding Editor: DRANNESMITH Founding Father: AUBERONWAUGH Cover illustration by Chris Riddell Issue no. 349