THIS MONTH’S PULPIT is written by Alexander Waugh. He is editor of the 42-volume Complete Works of Evelyn Waugh (Oxford University Press), which should be seeing the light of day some time during the next twenty years.
FRANK DIKÖTTER is a historian of modern China. His most recent book is Mao’s Great Famine (Bloomsbury).
AMANDA FOREMAN’s latest book is A World on Fire: An Epic History of Two Nations Divided (Allen Lane).
JOHN GRAY’s most recent book, The Immortalization Commission: Science and the Strange Quest to Cheat Death, is published by Allen Lane.
BRYAN APPLEYARD writes on everything for The Sunday Times and is writing a book about everything.
SARAH BRADFORD is the author of Sacheverell Sitwell: Splendours and Miseries (1993).
ADAM LEBOR’s account of Arab and J ewish f amilies in J a f f a , City o f Oranges, is published by Bloomsbury.
ROBERT IRWIN’s Memoirs of a Dervish is published next month by Profile.
RICHARD OVERY’s The Morbid Age: Britain Between the Wars and 1939: Countdown to War were both published in 2009 by Allen Lane.
JAMES HALL is the author of two books on Michelangelo.
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. However, with the assistance of British Intelligence, he escaped to London. He survives, somewhere in England, to tell the tale.
ART & ARTISTS
MICHAEL BURLEIGH Osama bin Laden Michael Scheuer SIMON SINGH Perfect Rigour: A Genius and the Mathematical Breakthrough of the Century Masha Gessen AMANDA FOREMAN The Omnipotent Magic i a n : Lance l o t ‘Capability’ Brown, 1716–1783 Jane Brown ALLAN MASSIE The Abacus and the Cross: The Story of the Pope Who Brought the Light of Science to the Dark Ages Nancy Marie Brown MIRANDA SEYMOUR The Fortune Hunter: A German Prince in Regency England Peter James Bowman JOHN GRIBBIN Discoverers of the Universe: William and Caroline Herschel Michael Hoskin
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FRANK DIKÖTTER Civilization: The West and the Rest Niall Ferguson OLEG GORDIEVSKY Bridge of Spies Giles Whittell RICHARD OVERY Exorcising Hitler: The Occupation and Denazification of Germany Frederick Taylor RALEIGH TREVELYAN Mission Accomplished: SOE and Italy 1943–45 David Stafford CHARLES GUTHRIE The War that Never Was Duff Hart-Davis PETER JONES Song of Wrath: The Peloponnesian War Begins J E Lendon
JOHN GRAY 100 Artists’ Manifestos: From the Futurists to the Stuckists (Ed) Alex Danchev JAMES HALL Young Michelangelo: The Path to the Sistine John T Spike Michelangelo and the Art of Letter Writing Deborah Parker Michelangelo: A Life on Paper Leonard Barkan
ELAINE SHOWALTER Fruitlands: The Alcott Family and Their Search for Utopia Richard Francis FRANK MCLYNN Fur, Fortune, and Empire Eric Jay Dolin
SARAH BRADFORD Edith Sitwell: Avant-Garde Poet, English Genius Richard Greene ALEXANDRA HARRIS The Essays of Virginia Woolf, Volume VI: 1933–1941 (Ed) Stuart N Clarke RICHARD CANNING The Journals and Diaries of E M Forster (Ed) Philip Gardner ROBERT IRWIN Time, a Falconer: A Study of Sarban Mark Valentine BERNARD O’DONOGHUE The Complete Works of W H Auden: Prose – Volume IV, 1956–1962 (Ed) Edward Mendelson NATHAN ABRAMS Arthur Miller: 1962–2005 Christopher Bigsby
LITERARY REVIEW March 2011
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JONATHAN KEATES The Pursuit of Italy: A History of a Land, its Regions and their Peoples David Gilmour ADAM LEBOR Jerusalem: The Biography Simon Sebag Montefiore GILES MILTON Venetian Navigators: The Voyages of the Zen Brothers to the Far North Andrea di Robilant JONATHAN MIRSKY Across Many Mountains: Three Daughters of Tibet Yangzom Brauen
BRYAN APPLEYARD Triumph of the City: How Our Greatest Invention Makes Us Richer, Smarter, Greener, Healthier and Happier Edward Glaeser ANTHONY DANIELS The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer Siddhartha Mukherjee ALAN RYAN How to Change the World: Tales of Marx and Marxism Eric Hobsbawm MARK GLANVILLE Treblinka: A Survivor’s Memory Chil Rajchman JOHN SUTHERLAND The Language Wars: A History of Proper English Henry Hitchings The Last Lingua Franca: English Until the Return of Babel Nicholas Ostler ERIC KAUFMANN Holy Ignorance: When Religion and Culture Part Ways Olivier Roy FREDERIC RAPHAEL The Classical Tradition (Edd) Anthony Grafton, Glenn W Most & Salvatore Settis STUART CLARK The Hidden Reality: Parallel Universes and the Deep Laws of the Cosmos Brian Greene The Book of Universes John D Barrow TOM MARKS The Lost Art of Walking Geoff Nicholson AMOL RAJAN I & I: The Natural Mystics – Marley, Tosh & Wailer Colin Grant
D J TAYLOR Other People’s Money Justin Cartwright ADRIAN TURPIN The Anatomy of a Disappearance Hisham Matar URSULA K LE GUIN Custody Manju Kapur KEITH MILLER King of the Badgers Philip Hensher LEO ROBSON When the Killing’s Done T C Boyle ANTHEA BELL The Island of Second Sight Albert Vigoleis Thelen ANTHONY CUMMINS The Architect of Ruins Herbert Rosendorfer CHARLOTTE NEWMAN Summer Without Men Siri Hustvedt The Cookbook Collector Allegra Goodman Daughters-in-Law Joanna Trollope
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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.
S IMON S I NGH i s t he au t hor o f Fermat’s Last Theorem, Big Bang and The Code Book.
ALEXANDRA HARRIS’s Romantic Moderns was published by Thames & Hudson last year.
CHARLES GUTHRIE i s a f o rmer Chief of Defence Staff and head of the Army. He served in Aden during the Sixties on three occasions.
RICHARD CANNING’s most recent book is Brief Lives: E M Forster (Hesperus).
URSULA K LE GUIN’s most recent book is Out Here, poems and sketches of southeastern Oregon, with photographer Roger Dorband.
JONATHAN KEATES’s most recent book, The Siege of Venice, is published by Chatto & Windus.
FREDERIC RAPHAEL’s Ifs and Buts, his fifth volume of notebooks, is published this month by Carcanet.
STUART CLARK’s The Sun Kings (Princeton) was shortlisted for the Royal Society’s General Book Prize in 2008.
JOHN GRIBBIN’s latest book, The Reason Why, is published by Allen Lane.
GILES MILTON’s Wolfram: The Boy Who Went to War was published in February.
FRANK MCLYNN’s Captain Cook: Masters of the Seas is published next month by Yale University Press.
AMOL RAJAN’s Twirlymen: The Unlikely History of Cricket’s Greatest Spin Doctors will be published in May.
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