THIS MONTH’S PULPIT is written by Mark Bostridge. His most recent books are Florence Nightingale (Penguin) and Because You Died (Virago).
KATHERINE DUNCAN-JONES’s Shakespeare: An Ungentle Life will be published in paperback this month (Methuen Drama).
DIARMAID MACCULLOCH is Fellow of St Cross College and Professor of the History of the Church at Oxford University. His latest book is A History of Christianity: The First Three Thousand Years (Allen Lane).
CHARLES GRANT is director of the Centre for European Reform.
RICHARD OVERY’s The Morbid Age: Britain Between the Wars and his 1939: Countdown to War were both published last year by Allen Lane.
DOUGLAS MURRAY is an author and the director of the Centre for Social Cohesion.
TIM BLANNING is a Fellow of Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge. His most recent book is The Triumph of Music (Penguin).
JAY PARINI, a poet and novelist, teaches at Middlebury College in Vermont. His novel about Tolstoy, The Last Station, was recently made into a film.
ANNE SEBBA is the author of Jennie Churchill: Winston’s American Mother and is currently researching the life of Wallis Simpson.
VERNON BOGDANOR is Professor of Government at Oxford University. His book The New British Constitution was published last year by Hart.
HARRY MOUNT is the author of My Brief Career: The Trials of a Young Lawyer (Short Books).
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ANDREW LYCETT The Arsenic Century: How Victorian Britain was Poisoned at Home, Work, & Play James C Whorton CLARE JACKSON Habeas Corpus: From England to Empire Paul D Halliday HARRY MOUNT Defending the Guilty: Truth and Lies in the Criminal Courtroom Alex McBride
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KATHERINE DUNCAN-JONES Contested Will: Who Wrote Shakespeare? James Shapiro JAY PARINI J D Salinger: A Life Raised High Kenneth Slawenski ALLAN MASSIE Voltaire: A Life Ian Davidson JUDY TAYLOR HOUGH Theodor Seuss Geisel Donald E Pease
PAUL JOHNSON After Lives: Heaven, Hell, & Purgatory John Casey BRIAN MASTERS A Matter of Life and Death: Inside the Hidden World of the Pathologist Sue Armstrong
PETER MARSHALL Anne Boleyn: Fatal Attractions G W Bernard Katherine the Queen: The Remarkable Life of Katherine Parr Linda Porter MIRANDA SEYMOUR Pevsner – The Early Life: Germany and Art Stephen Games ANNE SEBBA The Surprising Life of Constance Spry Sue Shephard RUPERT CHRISTIANSEN Cosima Wagner: The Lady of Bayreuth Oliver Hilmes
RAYMOND SEITZ Making Haste from Babylon: The ‘Mayflower’ Pilgrims and Their World Nick Bunker TIM BLANNING Empires of the Imagination: Politics, War, and the Arts in the British World, 1750–1850 Holger Hoock CATHERINE PETERS Wild Romance: The True Story of a Victorian Scandal Chloë Schama NIGEL JONES The Reluctant Tommy Ronald Skirth
EXTRACT FROM NICOLA BARKER’S NEW NOVEL
VERNON BOGDANOR Finding a Role? The United Kingdom 1970–1990 Brian Harrison KENNETH O MORGAN Speak for Britain! A New History of the Labour Party Martin Pugh The End of the Party: The Rise and Fall of New Labour Andrew Rawnsley DIANA ATHILL The English Lakes: A History Ian Thompson
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DAVID WORTH Imperial William T Vollmann SARA WHEELER ON FOUR BOOKS ABOUT THE ARCTIC DONALD RAYFIELD Let Our Fame Be Great: Journeys Among the Defiant People of the Caucasus Oliver Bullough GILLIAN TINDALL Parisians: An Adventure History of Paris Graham Robb
CHRISTOPHER COKER The Legacy of the Second World War John Lukacs RICHARD OVERY Nine Wartime Lives James Hinton ALAN ALLPORT The Long Road Home: The Aftermath of the Second World War Ben Shephard
DOUGLAS MURRAY Shall the Religious Inherit the Earth: Demography and Politics in the Twenty-First Century Eric Kaufmann ALLISTER HEATH How Markets Fail: The Logic of Economic Calamities John Cassidy CHARLES GRANT The New Old World Perry Anderson ROBERT CHESSHYRE Unreliable Sources: How the 20th Century Was Reported John Simpson CHRISTINE DOYLE The Shaking Woman, or A History of My Nerves Siri Hustvedt The Woman Who Thought Too Much: A Memoir Joanne Limburg Eating Pomegranates: A Memoir of Mothers, Daughters and Genes Sarah Gabriel TIM RICHARDSON Mrs Delany and Her Circle Mark Laird & Alicia Weisberg-Roberts
DIARMAID MACCULLOCH The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ Philip Pullman DJTAYLOR Solar Ian McEwan TOBY LICHTIG Contact Jonathan Buckley ROSALIND PORTER The Cost of Living: Early and Uncollected Stories Mavis Gallant TIM MARTIN All That Follows Jim Crace PATRICK SKENE CATLING Final Demands Frederic Raphael MARCELLA EDWARDS The Hand that First Held Mine Maggie O’Farrell AMANDA CRAIG Savage Lands Clare Clark ADRIAN TURPIN Nimrod’s Shadow Chris Paling
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RAYMOND SEITZ was US Ambassador to the Court of St James from 1991 to 1994.
DIANA ATHILL is the author of Somewhere Towards the End, which won the Costa Book Award for biography last year. Life Class: The Selected Memoirs of Diana Athill was published by Granta Books last November.
ALAN ALLPORT teaches at Princeton University. His book Demobbed: Coming Home After the Second World War was published by Yale in 2009.
CHRISTOPHER COKER is Professor of International Relations at the London School of Economics and author of several books on international security.
SARA WHEELER’s latest book is The Magnetic North (Jonathan Cape).
KENNETH O MORGAN is the author of official biographies of James Callaghan and Michael Foot, and of The People’s Peace: British History since 1945.
DAVID WORTH, a former speechwriter for US Senator Dianne Feinstein, has just completed a novel based on his experiences as a political consultant in Colombia.
PETER MARSHALL is Professor of History at the University of Warwick. His most recent book is Mother Leakey and the Bishop: A Ghost Story (OUP).
GILLIAN TINDALL’s Footprints in Paris was published last year by Chatto & Windus.
ALLISTER HEATH is editor of City AM.
DONALD RAYFIELD is Emeritus Professor of Russian and Georgian at Queen Mary University of London, and author of Stalin and his Hangmen (Penguin, 2005). The third edition of The Literature of Georgia: A History has just been published by the Garnett Press.
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