T HIS MONTH ’ S PULPIT is written by Allan Massie. He is the author of nineteen novels, and his most recent book, The Thistle and the Rose: Six Centuries of Love and Hate Between the Scots and the English, is published by John Murray.
M ARY K ENNY is the biographer of William Joyce, “Lord Haw-Haw”; she is presently working on a book about the British monarchy and Ireland.
I RWIN S TELZER is US columnist for The Sunday Times; contributing editor at The Weekly Standard; Director of Economic Policy Studies at the Hudson Institute; and a Visiting Fellow at Nuffield College. He is editor of and contributor to Neoconservatism, published by Atlantic Books.
G ILLIAN D ARLEY ’s biography John Evelyn: Living for Ingenuity will be published later this year by Yale University Press.
A C G RAYLING ’s Descartes: The Life of René Descartes and Its Place in His Times was published in October by Free Press.
H AZHIR T EIMOURIAN has just completed a Life of Omar Khayyam.
J ERRY B ROTTON is Senior Lecturer in Renaissance Studies at Queen Mary, University of London. His latest book, The Sale of the Late King’s Goods: Charles I and his Art Collection, is published by Macmillan.
S USANNA J ONES is the author of The Earthquake Birdand Water Lily. She teaches Creative Writing at Royal Holloway College.
P ETER J ONES is the founder of Friends of Classics.
N IGEL J ONES ’s Mosley is published by Haus in their Life & Times series.
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P AUL J OHNSON Fatal Purity: Robespierre and the French Revolution Ruth Scurr N IGEL J ONES Blackshirt: Sir Oswald Mosley and British FascismStephen Dorril P ETER J ONES Caesar: The Life of a Colossus Adrian Goldsworthy F RANK M C L YNN Orson Welles: Hello Americans Simon Callow
A C G RAYLING Rousseau’s Dog: The Tale of Two Great Thinkers at War in the Age of Enlightenment David Edmonds and John Eidinow The Courtier and the Heretic: The Secret Encounter between Leibniz and Spinoza that Defined the Modern World Matthew Stewart J ONATHAN K EATES Passionate Minds:The Great Enlightenment Love Affair David Bodanis
R AYMOND S EITZ The Ambassadors: From Ancient Greece to the Nation State Jonathan Wright I RWIN S TELZER After the Neocons: America at the Crossroads Francis Fukuyama
D ANIEL J OHNSON Don’t Mention the War: The British and the Germans since 1890 John Ramsden R ICHARD O VERY My Dear Mr Stalin: The Complete Correspondence of Franklin D Roosevelt and Joseph V Stalin (Ed) Susan Butler M ARY K ENNY The Emergency: Neutral Ireland 1939-45 Brian Girvin J ERRY B ROTTON The English Civil War: A People’s History Diane Purkiss J ANE R IDLEY The Perfect Summer Juliet Nicolson Lost Voices of the Edwardians Max Arthur
J OHN S WEENEY The Tribes Triumphant: Return Journey to the Middle East Charles Glass J USTIN M AROZZI Occupational Hazards Rory Stewart H AZHIR T EIMOURIAN Mirrors of the Unseen: Journeys in Iran Jason Elliot J ONATHAN M IRSKY Oracle Bones: A Journey Between China and the West Peter Hessler J AMES O WEN A Death in Belmont Sebastian Junger
LITERARY REVIEW May 2006
Editor:N ANCY S LADEK Deputy Editor: T OM F LEMING Editor-at-Large: J EREMY L EWIS
Editorial Assistants: P HILIP W OMACK , G EORGE N ORTON Contributing Editors: A LAN R AFFERTY , S EBASTIAN S HAKESPEARE Business Manager: R OBERT P OSNER Advertising Manager: T ERRY F INNEGAN Advertising Assistant: M ATTHEW E DMONDS Founding Editor:D R A NNE S MITH Founding Father: A UBERON W AUGH Cover illustration by Chris Riddell Issue no. 332