THIS MONTH’S PULPIT is written by Kathryn Hughes, Professor of Life Writing at the University of East Anglia and the author, most recently, of The Short Life and Long Times of Mrs Beeton (HarperPerennial).
SIMON SEBAG MONTEFIORE’s Jerusalem: The Biography will be published in January (Weidenfeld & Nicolson).
OLEG GORDIEVSKY spent eleven years as a British secret agent inside the KGB. He was exposed in 1985 and placed under house arrest in Moscow, facing an imminent death sentence. With the assistance of British Intelligence, he escaped to London. He survives, somewhere in England, to tell the tale, and has written four books, three of them in partnership with Christopher Andrew.
DIANA ATHILL is the author of, most recently, Somewhere Towards the End.
THEODORE K RABB, Emeritus Professor of History at Princeton University, is working on a book about art and war.
MICHAEL BURLEIGH is writing about Korea in a history of the Cold War world from 1945 to 1965 to be published by Macmillan.
RAYMOND SE I TZ was US Ambassador t o t he Court o f S t James from 1991 to 1994.
DEREK MAHON won t he David Cohen Prize for Literature in 2007.
JAY PARINI’s latest novel, The Passages of Herman Melville, will be published by Canongate in late January.
ANDREW HUSSEY is writing a book called The French Intifada for Granta.
JONATHAN KEATES’s most recent book, The Siege of Venice, is published by Chatto & Windus.
WILLIAM H PRITCHARD teaches at Amherst College. His most recent book is On Poets and Poetry (2009).
THE STATE WE’RE IN
LETTER FROM GEORGIA
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIRS
JOHN GRAY Talking to the Enemy: Violent Extremism, Sacred Values, and What it Means to Be Human Scott Atran JONATHAN SUMPTION The Last Utopia: Human Rights in History Samuel Moyn CHRISTOPHER COKER Cultures of War: Pearl Harbor/Hiroshima/ 9–11/Iraq John W Dower ADRIAN WEALE Black Hearts: One Platoon’s Descent Into Madness in Iraq’s Triangle of Death Jim Frederick
OLEG GORDIEVSKY The New Nobility: The Restoration of Russia’s Security State and the Enduring Legacy of the KGB Andrei Soldatov and Irina Borogan JOHN R BRADLEY Egypt on the Brink Tarek Osman JOHN KEAY Where Hornbills Fly: A Journey with the Headhunters of Borneo Erik Jensen DAVID PROFUMO Atlas of Remote Islands Judith Schalansky
MICHAEL BURLEIGH The Korean War: A History Bruce Cumings SIMON SEBAG MONTEFIORE Gulag Boss: A Soviet Memoir Fyodor Vasilevich Mochulsky DAVID CESARANI Hitler’s First War Thomas Weber RICHARD OVERY The Taste of War: World War Two and the Battle for Food Lizzie Collingham NORMAN STONE When Money Dies: The Nightmare of Weimar Hyper-Inflation Adam Fergusson RAYMOND SEITZ Defiance of the Patriots: The Boston Tea Party & the Making of America Benjamin L Carp LESLEY DOWNER Butterfly’s Sisters: The Geisha in Western Culture Yoko Kawaguchi THEODORE K RABB The Golden Age: The Spanish Empire of Charles V Hugh Thomas DAVID ARMITAGE Why the West Rules – For Now: The Patterns of History, and What They Reveal about the Future Ian Morris
DEREK MAHON Letters to Monica Philip Larkin (Ed) Anthony Thwaite JONATHAN KEATES Letters from London and Europe 1925–30 Giuseppe Tomasi Di Lampedusa KEVIN JACKSON Ezra Pound to his Parents: Letters 1895–1929 JAY PARINI Saul Bellow: Letters (Ed) Benjamin Taylor
DIANA ATHILL The Memory Chalet Tony Judt PAUL JOHNSON Washington: A Life Ron Chernow
LITERARY REVIEW Dec 10 / Jan 11
Editor: NANCY SLADEK Deputy Editor: TOM FLEMING Editor-at-Large: JEREMY LEWIS Assistant Editor: JONATHAN BECKMAN Editorial Assistant: ALEXANDER BLASDEL Contributing Editors: MICHAEL BURLEIGH,
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Issue no. 383