c o n t e n t s c h i l dr e n ’s b o ok s 73 Philip Womack f i c t i on 74 George Gömöri
Parallel Stories Péter Nádas 75 Jonathan Beckman
The Art of Fielding Chad Harbach 76 Anthony Cummins
The Third Reich Roberto Bolaño 77 David Annand
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The Balloonist MacDonald Harris 81 Michael Jacobs
Desolation Island Adolfo García Ortega
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We Others: New and Selected Stories Steven Millhauser 77 Peter Clark on the fiction of the Arab Spring 78 Anna Aslanyan
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The Legacy of Hartlepool Hall Paul Torday
Correction In Hazhir Teimourian’s review of The Pigeon Wars of Damascus by Marius Kociejowski in the November 2011 issue of Literary Review, he states of Sulayman, Abed and Yasser that ‘they cheer whenever they hear that an American soldier has been blown up by al-Qaeda in Iraq.’ This is not the case and Mr Teimourian apologises for the mistake.
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Unpacking My Library Writers and Their Books Edited by Leah Price A gorgeous second volume in the popular Unpacking My Library series, this book explores the bookshelves of thirteen favourite novelists – amongst them Philip Pullman, Junot Díaz, Rebecca Goldstein, Lev Grossman, Jonathan Lethem, Claire Messud and James Wood – and uncovers the stories behind their lifetimes of reading and writing. 270 colour illus. £16.00
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This month’s pulpit is written by Frances Wilson. Her most recent book is How to Survive the Titanic or, the Sinking of J Bruce Ismay (Bloomsbury).
Matthew Adams is a freelance writer.
Christopher Andrew is Professor of Modern and Contemporary History at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge and the author of Defence of the Realm: The Authorised History of MI5 (Penguin).
David Annand is a freelance writer and editor.
Diana Athill’s most recent book is Instead of a Book: Letters to a Friend (Granta).
Anna Aslanyan is a journalist and translator.
Simon Baker is a freelance reviewer.
Jonathan Barnes is the author of two novels, The Somnambulist and The Domino Men.
Jonathan Beckman is an editor at Literary Review.
Anthea Bell translated W G Sebald’s last three prose works.
Vernon Bogdanor is Research Professor at the Institute of Contemporary History, King’s College, London. His books include The Coalition and the Constitution (Hart).
Michael Burleigh’s latest book is Moral Combat: A History of World War II (HarperPress). He is working on a book about the global Cold War.
David Caute is the author of Politics and the Novel during the Cold War (Transaction).
David Cesarani’s latest publication is After the Holocaust: Challenging the Myth of Silence (Routledge) edited with Eric J Sundquist.
Rupert Christiansen writes on the arts for the Daily Telegraph.
Peter Clark’s most recent books are Istanbul (Signal Books) and Dickens's London (Haus).
Anthony Cummins is a freelance reviewer.
Oliver Dennis is a violinist and violin teacher.
Frank Dikötter is a historian of modern China. His most recent book, Mao’s Great Famine: The History of China’s Most Devastating Catastrophe, 1958–62, won the 2011 Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction.
William Feaver is working on a biography of Lucian Freud and curating an exhibition of his drawings for London and New York in 2012.
George Gömöri’s next publication is a cotranslation with Clive Wilmer of Passio by the Hungarian poet János Pilinszky (Worple Press).
John Gray’s most recent book is The Immortalization Commission (Allen Lane).
James Hall is the author of The Sinister Side: How Left–Right Symbolism Shaped Western Art (OUP).
Claire Harman’s latest book is Jane’s Fame: How Jane Austen Conquered the World (Canongate).
Robert Irwin’s most recent book is Memoirs of a Dervish (Profile).
Michael Jacobs’s most recent book is Andes. The Robber of Memories, about his journey up Colombia’s Magdalena River, will be published next year.
Eric Kaufmann's latest book, Shall the Religious Inherit the Earth?, is published by Profile Books.
Manjit Kumar is the author of Quantum: Einstein, Bohr and the Great Debate about the Nature of Reality.
Kwasi Kwarteng is the author of Ghosts of Empire and Conservative MP for Spelthorne.
Chris Lavers teaches natural history at Nottingham University.
Jessica Mann’s new book, The Fifties Mystique, a combination of memoir and polemic, will be published in March by Quartet Books.
Patrick Marnham’s new travel book, an account of the growth of American empire and the use of the atomic bomb, will be published next year.
Frank McLynn, author of thirty books, has always been a film buff.
Leslie Mitchell’s publications include lives of Bulwer-Lytton and Maurice Bowra, and The Whig World.
Jeremy Noel-Tod is editing the new Oxford Companion to Modern Poetry. He teaches at UEA, and runs a poetry blog, The Lyre.
Eric Ormsby's The Baboons of Hada, a new selection of his poems, was published in May by Carcanet.
Richard Overy’s The Morbid Age: Britain Between the Wars and his 1939: Countdown to War were both published in 2009 by Allen Lane.
Michael Peppiatt’s most recent book is In Giacometti's Studio (Yale). He is working on an exhibition, 'Joan Miró: A Painter Among Poets'.
Rachel Polonsky is the author of Molotov's Magic Lantern: A Journey in Russian History (Faber).
Lucy Popescu was Programme Director of English PEN’s Writers in Prison Committee from 1991 to 2006.
David Profumo 15|\07 4 |\/|45732 0|=7|-(ie: is not a master of the language of Leet).
Frederic Raphael’s Ifs and Buts, his fifth volume of notebooks, is published by Carcanet.
Donald Rayfield has just completed A History of Georgia.
Malise Ruthven’s book of his essays, Encounters with Islam, will be published next year.
Miranda Seymour is working on Noble Endeavours: A History of Friendship between England and Germany.
Brendan Simms teaches at the Department of Politics and International Studies at Cambridge.
Adam Sisman’s life of Hugh Trevor-Roper has recently been published in paperback.
Joan Smith is the author of Misogynies, and What Will Survive. She blogs as www.politicalblonde.com
John Sweeney is a reporter for Panorama.
Bertrand Taithe is Professor of Cultural History at the University of Manchester and writes about war, medicine and humanitarian aid.
D J Taylor’s most recent novel, Derby Day, was longlisted for the 2011 Man Booker Prize.
Julian Thompson, an ex-Royal Marine, is a Visiting Professor in War Studies at King’s College London.
Adrian Tinniswood's next book, The Rainborowes, will be published in 2013.
Peter Washington was editor of the Everyman Library from 1989 to 2009.
Alexander Waugh is editing the complete works of Evelyn Waugh in a scholarly edition of fortytwo volumes for Oxford Univesity Press.
Sophia Waugh is a comprehensive school teacher. She is currently writing Cooking People: The Writers who Taught the English how to Eat.
Adrian Weale governed Dhi Qar province in Iraq in the second half of 2003. His most recent book is The SS: A New History (Little, Brown).
O A Westad’s Restless Empire: China and the World since 1750 will be published in 2012.
Philip Womack, according to Tatler, ‘giggles like a girl and is Byronically handsome’. He is the author of The Other Book and The Liberators.
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