T HIS MONTH ’ S PULPIT is written by D J Taylor, a novelist and biographer. His new novel, Ask Alice, will be published by Chatto & Windus in April.
S IMON S EBAG M ONTEFIORE is the author of the novel Sashenka. His recent history book Young Stalin won the Costa Biography Prize, the LA Times Book Prize for Biography and the Bruno Kreisky Prize for Political Literature.
J OHN G RAY ’s most recent book is Black Mass: Apocalyptic Religion and the Death of Utopia (Penguin).
R OY S TRONG , writer and historian, is the author of The Renaissance Garden in England.
U RSULA K L E G UIN ’s latest novel, Lavinia, will be published in the UK in June.
E LAINE S HOWALTER is Avalon Foundation Professor Emerita at Princeton University.
A NDREW R OBERTS ’s most recent book, Masters and Commanders: How Roosevelt, Churchill, Marshall and Alanbrooke Won the War in the West, is published by Penguin.
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C AROLA H ICKS is the author of The Bayeux Tapestry: Life Story of a Masterpiece. Her latest book, The King’s Glass, is published byChatto & Windus.
G ILLIAN T INDALL ’s books include Celestine, Voices from a French Village (Vintage) and The Journey of Martin Nadaud(Pimlico).
J USTIN M AROZZI ’s most recent book is The Man who Invented History: Travels with Herodotus(John Murray).
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A LLAN M ASSIE is the author of nineteen novels, and his The Thistle and the Rose: Six Centuries of Love and Hate Between the Scots and the English, is published by John Murray.
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