THIS MONTH’S PULPITis written by Kathryn Hughes, Professor of Life Writing at the University of East Anglia. Her most recent book, The Short Life and Long Times of Mrs Beeton, is published by Fourth Estate.
ROGERCROWLEYis the author of Empires of the Sea: The Final Battlefor the Mediterranean, published by Faber.
PETERWASHINGTONis General Editor of Everyman’s Library.
LUCYWOODING’s biography of Henry VIII will by published by Routledge in September.
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.
PATRICKHENNESSEY’s The Junior Officers’ Reading Club, a giant rollercoaster of a memoir in 400 sizzling chapters, will be published by Allen Lane next Spring.
DONALDRAYFIELDis Emeritus Professor of Russian and Georgian at Queen Mary, University of London, and author of Stalin and his Hangmen(Penguin).
CHRISTOPHERCOKERis Professor of International Relations at the London School of Economics and author of several books on international security.
JOHNADAMSONis a Fellow of Peterhouse, Cambridge. His new book, The Noble Revolt: The Overthrow of Charles I, is published by Weidenfeld & Nicolson.
KERRYBROWNis senior fellow, the Asia Programme, Chatham House, and author of Struggling Giant: China in the 21st Century.
KINGS & COURTIERS
BODY & SOUL
LIVES & LETTERS
LESLIEMITCHELL The Hamilton Letters: The Naples Dispatches of William Hamilton (Ed) John A Davis and Giovanni Capuano ROGERCROWLEY The Enemy at the Gate: Habsburgs,Ottomans and the Battle for Europe Andrew Wheatcroft JOHNADAMSON The Long Parliament of Charles II Annabel Patterson TOBYBARNARD God’s Executioner: Oliver Cromwell and the Conquest of Ireland Micheáál ÓÓ Siochrúú CHRISTOPHERCOKER The Coldest Winter: America and the Korean War David Halberstam
PETERJONES Philip II of Macedonia Ian Worthington DONALDRAYFIELD Yezhov: The Rise of Stalin’s ‘Iron Fist’ J Arch Getty and Oleg V Naumov ALLANMASSIE The Raven King: Matthias Corvinus and the Fate of his Lost Library Marcus Tanner LUCYWOODING Burghley: William Cecil at the Court of Elizabeth I Stephen Alford
JOHNCORNWELL The Brain that Changes Itself: Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science Norman Doidge JOHNGRAY Between the Monster and the Saint: Reflections on the Human Condition Richard Holloway
DOMINICSANDBROOK Alpha Dogs: How Political Spin Became a Global Business James Harding ADRIANWEALE War PLC: The Rise of the New Corporate Mercenary Stephen Armstrong SIMONHEFFER What They Teach You at Harvard Business School: My Two Years Inside the Cauldron of Capitalism Philip Delves Broughton
PETERWASHINGTON The Seven Lives of John Murray: The Story of a Publishing Dynasty Humphrey Carpenter FRANCISKING So I Have Thought of You: The Letters of Penelope Fitzgerald (Ed)Terence Dooley JANERIDLEY Ettie: The Intimate Life and Dauntless Spirit of Lady Desborough Richard Davenport-Hines VALERIEGROVE Memoirs of a Not So Dutiful Daughter Jenni Murray ANDREWLYCETT Star of the Morning: The Extraordinary Life of Lady Hester Stanhope Kirsten Ellis JOHNMARTINROBINSON Sir John Vanbrugh: Storyteller in Stone Vaughan Hart
Editor: NANCYSLADEK Deputy Editor: TOMFLEMING Editor-at-Large: JEREMYLEWIS Editorial Assistant: JONATHANBECKMAN
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SARAWHEELER Come on Shore and We Will Kill and Eat You All: An Unlikely Love Story Christina Thompson JOHNCLAY Luca Antara Martin Edmond ADAMLEBOR Ararat Frank Westerman
KERRYBROWN The City of Heavenly Tranquillity: Beijing in the History of China Jasper Becker China: A History John Keay JONATHANMIRSKY The Battle For China’s Past: Mao & The Cultural Revolution Mobo Gao
PATRICKHENNESSEY A Million Bullets: The Real Story of the British Army in Afghanistan James Fergusson JONATHANSUMPTION A History of Political Trials from Charles I to Saddam Hussein John Laughland MELANIEPHILLIPS Look at Me: Celebrating the Self in Modern Britain Peter Whittle PETERDAVIES Corvus: A Life with Birds Esther Woolfson DAVIDPROFUMO The Last Fish Tale: The Fate of the Atlantic and Our Disappearing Fisheries Mark Kurlansky CHARLESSAUMAREZSMITH Who Owns Antiquity? James Cuno
ALANRAFFERTY Man in the Dark Paul Auster RACHELHORE A Blessed Child Linn Ullmann JOHNDUGDALE The Lazarus Project Aleksandar Hemon JONATHANBECKMAN Netherland Joseph O’Neill DAVIDJAYS Dreams of Rivers and Seas Tim Parks LUCYBERESFORD The Idea of Love Louise Dean MATTTHORNE Manual Daren King SEBASTIANSHAKESPEARE Our Story Begins: New and Selected Stories Tobias Wolff MARTYNBEDFORD The Invention of Everything Else Samantha Hunt PHILIPWOMACKONFIRSTNOVELS
PAULBINDING Vilhelm Hammershoi: The Poetry of Silence
LUCYPOPESCU JESSICAMANN SUSANCROSLAND
JOHNGRAYis the author of Black Mass: Apocalyptic Religion and The Death of Utopia(Allen Lane).
JONATHANSUMPTIONis the author of a history of the Hundred Years War, and a practising QC.
CHARLES SAUMAREZ SMITH is Secretary and Chief Executive at the Royal Academy.
JANERIDLEYis writing a biography of King Edward VII, to be published by Chatto & Windus.
ADRIANWEALEis writing a history of the SS for Little, Brown. In 2003 he was recalled to the British Army and served as Chief of Staff for the Coalition Provisional Authority in the Iraqi province of Dhi Qar for six months.
JOHNCORNWELL is director of the Science and Human Dimension Project at Jesus College, Cambridge. His last book was Darwin’s Angel: An Angelic Riposte to the GodDelusion.
DAVIDPROFUMO’s family memoir, Bringing the House Down, is published in paperback by John Murray.
TOBY BARNARD’s Cromwellian Ireland, published originally in 1975, was reissued in 2000 by OUP. His most recent book, Improving Ireland? Projectors, Prophets and Profiteers, 1641-1786, has just been published by Four Courts Press, Dublin.
LUCYBERESFORD’s debut novel, Something I’m Not, is published by Duckworth.
VALERIEGROVEis writing a biography of Kaye Webb, who ran Puffin Books from 1961 to 1979. She would love to hear from those who remember her, and from anyone who was a member of the Puffin Club.
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