THIS MONTH’S PULPIT is written by Frances Wilson. Her books include Literary Seductions and, most recently, The Ballad of Dorothy Wordsworth, published by Faber & Faber. She is a judge of this year’s Man Booker Prize.
WILLIAM TREVOR’s most recent novel is Love and Summer (Viking, 2009). His collected stories were published in two volumes by Penguin last year.
JOHN GRAY’s most recent book is Gray’s Anatomy: Selected Writings (Penguin).
LESLEY CHAMBERLAIN is the author of many books and articles about Russia, including the fictional In a Place Like That (1998).
DOMINIC SANDBROOK’s new book, State of Emergency: The Way We Were – Britain, 1970–1974, will be published in September by Allen Lane.
ANNE SEBBA is writing a biography of Wallis Simpson.
ADAM LEBOR is the author of City of Oranges: Arabs and Jews in Jaffa (Bloomsbury).
RACHEL HEWITT i s Leverhulme Early Career Research Fellow at the School of English and Drama at Queen Mary, University of London.
FERGUS FLEMING’s most recent books include Cassell’s Tales o f Endurance and The Explorer’s Eye (coed Annabel Merullo).
FRANK MCLYNN’s most r e c ent book, The Burma Campaign, is published by The Bodley Head. He is a self-confessed movie buff.
GUY WALTERS i s t he au t hor o f Hunting Evil. He is working on a history of the Gestapo.
LESLIE MITCHELL Adam Smith: An Enlightened Life Nicholas Phillipson PAUL JOHNSON H G Wells: Another Kind of Life Michael Sherborne FERGUS FLEMING Shades of Greene: One Generation of an English Family Jeremy Lewis JESSICA MANN The Constant Liberal: The Life and Work of Phyllis Bottome Pam Hirsch DOMINIC SANDBROOK Hugh Trevor-Roper: The Biography Adam Sisman WILL ROBINSON Commodore Squib: The Life, Times and Secretive Wars of England’s First Rocket Man, Sir William Congreve, 1772–1828 James Earle ANNE SEBBA Sisters of Fortune: The First American Heiresses to Take Europe by Storm Jehanne Wake FRANK MCLYNN Irving Thalberg: Boy Wonder to Producer Prince Mark A Vieira
JOHN GRAY Politics and the Novel During the Cold War David Caute JOHN SUTHERLAND What Ever Happened to Modernism? Gabriel Josipovici FREDERIC RAPHAEL The Death of French Culture Donald Morrison & Antoine Compagnon
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MICHAEL BURLEIGH The Kaiser’s Holocaust: Germany’s Forgotten Genocide and the Colonial Roots of Nazism David Olusoga & Casper W Erichsen ALEX GOODALL Supreme Power: Franklin Roosevelt vs the Supreme Court Jeff Shesol DAVID CESARANI The Balfour Declaration: The Origins of the Arab–Israeli Conflict Jonathan Schneer RICHARD HOLMES Zulu Rising: The Epic Story of Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift Ian Knight LESLEY CHAMBERLAIN Red Plenty Francis Spufford CHARLES ESDAILE Napoleon’s Other War: Bandits, Rebels and their Pursuers in the Age of Revolutions Michael Broers JOHN JOLLIFFE Mons, Anzac and Kut Aubrey Herbert MP GUY WALTERS The SS: A New History Adrian Weale ALLAN MASSIE Empress of Rome: The Life of Livia Matthew Dennison The First Ladies of Rome: The Women Behind the Caesars Annelise Freisenbruch
LITERARY REVIEW August 2010
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DANIEL SNOWMAN Why Mahler? How One Man and Ten Symphonies Changed the World Norman Lebrecht CHRISTOPHER BRAY Three Chords for Beauty’s Sake: The Life of Artie Shaw Tom Nolan HENRIETTA GARNETT Into the Frame: The Four Loves of Ford Madox Brown Angela Thirlwell Ford Madox Brown: A Catalogue Raisonné Mary Bennett
WILLIAM TREVOR Taking Mr Ravenswood
ADAM LEBOR In Ishmael’s House: A History of Jews in Muslim Lands Martin Gilbert JONATHAN MIRSKY Everything is Broken: The Untold Story of Disaster Under Burma’s Military Regime Emma Larkin ROBERT CHESSHYRE Mother California: A Story of Redemption Behind Bars Kenneth E Hartman
DANIEL MATLIN The History of White People Nell Irvin Painter RICHARD DAVENPORT-HINES Bomber County Daniel Swift NIGEL JONES Danger UXB: The Heroic Story of WWII Bomb Disposal Teams James Owen Red One: A Bomb Disposal Expert on the Front Line Captain Kevin Ivison WILLIAM LEITH Portrait of an Addict as a Young Man Bill Clegg A Preparation for Death Greg Baxter RACHEL HEWITT The Making of the British Landscape: How We Have Transformed the Land, from Prehistory to Today Francis Pryor
MIRANDA FRANCE The Elephant’s Journey José Saramago JONATHAN DERBYSHIRE C Tom McCarthy JONATHAN BECKMAN The Finkler Question Howard Jacobson SIMON BAKER The Financial Lives of the Poets Jess Walter OPHELIA FIELD The Slap Christos Tsiolkas FRANCIS KING Ghost Light Joseph O’Connor ROSALIND PORTER ON FOUR FIRST NOVELS
JOHN SUTHERLAND is Lord Northcliffe Professor Emeritus at UCL.
FREDERIC RAPHAEL’s novel Final Demands (the third volume in his The Glittering Prizes trilogy) has recently been published by JR Books.
LESLIE MITCHELL is Emeritus Fellow of University College, Oxford. His publications include a study of the Whig Party entitled The Whig World.
MICHAEL BURLEIGH’s Blood & Rage: A Cultural History o f Terrorism i s a v a i l a b l e i n p a p e r b a c k f r om HarperPerennial.
DANIEL SNOWMAN’s books include The Hitler Emigrés: The Cultural Impact on Britain of Refugees from Nazism and, most recently, The Gilded Stage: A Social History of Opera.
RICHARD HOLMES is a military historian whose most recent books are Marlborough: England’s Greates t General (HarperCollins) and Churchill’s Bunker (Profile).
HENRIETTA GARNETT’s Anny, her b i ography o f Anne Thackeray Ritchie, was published in 2004. She is currently writing a biographical study of the women who inspired the Pre-Raphaelites.
CHARLES ESDAILE is Professor in History at the University of Liverpool and the author of numerous books on Napoleon’s wars. He is currently working on a study of the French occupation of Andalucia in the period 1810–12.
DAVID CESARANI’s latest book, Major Farran’s Hat: Murder, Scandal and Britain’s War Against Jewish Terrorism 1945–1948, is published in paperback this month. The US edition was a finalist for the 2009 US National Jewish Book Award for history.
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