THIS MONTH’S PULPIT is written by Elspeth Barker, an award-winning novelist, essayist and journalist.
PETER MANDLER teaches modern cultural history at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge. He is writing a book entitled Return from the Natives: How Margaret Mead Won the Second World War and Lost the Cold War.
MICHAEL HULSE’s latest publications are a book of poems, The Secret History (Arc), and a translation of Rilke’s The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge (Penguin Classics), both 2009.
HUGH BICHENO is an ex-intelligence officer, kidnap and ransom negotiator, and author of books on conflict that explain both sides of the hill.
SIMON BLACKBURN is the Bertrand Russell Professor of Philosophy at the University of Cambridge, and a Fellow of Trinity College. His recent books include Plato’s Republic and The Big Questions of Philosophy.
IAIN MCGILCHRIST is a former Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford, and Consultant Psychiatrist at the Maudsley Hospital. His book The Master and his Emissary: The Divided Brain and the Making of the Western World came out in paperback in August.
LEANDA DE LISLE’s latest book is The Sisters Who Would be Queen: The Tragedy of Mary, Katherine & Lady Jane Grey (HarperPress).
JEREMY LEWIS’s latest book is Shades of Greene: One Generation of an English Family (Jonathan Cape).
BLAIR WORDEN i s Research Professor of History at Royal Holloway College, London. His The English Civil Wars: 1640–1660 was published by Weidenfeld last year.
PETER MARSHALL The Last White Rose: Dynasty, Rebellion and Treason – The Secret Wars against the Tudors Desmond Seward SAUL DAVID A World on Fire: An Epic History of Two Nations Divided Amanda Foreman NIGEL JONES Six Weeks: The Short and Gallant Life of the British Officer in the First World War John Lewis-Stempel Some Desperate Glory Edwin Campion Vaughan Forgotten Voices of the Victoria Cross Roderick Bailey Engines of War Christian Wolmar ALEX DANCHEV The Triumph of the Dark: European International History 1933–1939 Zara Steiner LEANDA DE LISLE Catherine of Aragon: Henry’s Spanish Queen Giles Tremlett A Royal Passion: The Turbulent Marriage of Charles I and Henrietta Maria Katie Whitaker TIM BLANNING The German Genius: Europe’s Third Renaissance, the Second Scientific Revolution, and the Twentieth Century Peter Watson BLAIR WORDEN John Aubrey and the Advancement of Learning William Poole The Life of Anthony Wood in His Own Words (Ed) Nicolas K Kiessling A Dodo at Oxford Philip Atkins and Michael Johnson
DONALD RAYFIELD Tolstoy: A Russian Life Rosamund Bartlett PETER MANDLER Claude Lévi-Straus: The Poet in the Laboratory Patrick Wilcken D J TAYLOR A Book of Secrets: Illegitimate Daughters, Absent Fathers Michael Holroyd GEORGE GÖMÖRI Boris Pasternak: Family Correspondence, 1921–1960 DAVID GILMOUR Patrick Shaw Stewart: An Edwardian Meteor Miles Jebb DANIEL MATLIN Joe Louis: Hard Times Man Randy Roberts JAMES PURDON Sean Connery: The Measure of a Man Christopher Bray VIRGINIA IRONSIDE Vidal: The Autobiography Vidal Sassoon
GILES MILTON Levant: Splendour and Catastrophe on the Mediterranean Philip Mansel JONATHAN MIRSKY History of Imperial China (6 vols) (Ed) Timothy Brook JUSTIN MAROZZI Late for Tea at the Deer Palace: Four Generations of My Family in Iraq Tamara Chalabi When God Made Hell: The British Invasion of Mesopotamia and the Creation of Iraq, 1914–1921 Charles Townshend D D GUTTENPLAN A Renegade History of the United States Thaddeus Russell
LITERARY REVIEW November 2010
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BRYAN APPLEYARD The Mind’s Eye Oliver Sacks SIMON BLACKBURN Self Comes to Mind: Constructing the Conscious Brain Antonio Damasio
PAUL JOHNSON Romantic Moderns: English Writers, Artists and the Imagination from Virginia Woolf to John Piper Alexandra Harris HUGH BICHENO MI6: The History of the Secret Intelligence Service, 1909–1949 Keith Jeffery Six: A History of Britain’s Secret Intelligence Service, Part 1 – Murder and Mayhem 1909–1939 Michael Smith MARK ROWLANDS What I Don’t Know About Animals Jenny Diski JEREMY LEWIS Just My Type: A Book about Fonts Simon Garfield JOHN SUTHERLAND Phantoms on the Bookshelves Jacques Bonnet Proust’s Overcoat Lorenza Foschini IAIN MCGILCHRIST Conceiving God: The Cognitive Origin and Evolution of Religion David Lewis-Williams RICHARD GREENE The Pen and the Cross: Catholicism and English Literature 1850–2000 Richard Griffiths SARA WHEELER Driving Home: An American Scrapbook Jonathan Raban DAN JONES Jilted Generation: How Britain Has Bankrupted Its Youth Ed Howker and Shiv Malik
MICHAEL HULSE The Box: Tales from the Darkroom Günter Grass ANDREAS CAMPOMAR All Men Are Liars Alberto Manguel SIMON BAKER Hand Me Down World Lloyd Jones EDMUND GORDON The Murderess Alexandros Papadiamantis ANTHONY CUMMINS The Poetry Lesson Andrei Codrescu KATE SAUNDERS Foster Claire Keegan PATRICK SKENE CATLING Sunset Park Paul Auster SAMANTHA ELLIS The Weekend Bernhard Schlink
RONALD BLYTHE The Peregrine, The Hill of Summer & Diaries: The Complete Works of J A Baker (Ed) John Fanshawe Ask the Fellows Who Cut the Hay George Ewart Evans
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MARK ROWLANDS is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Miami. His most recent book is The New Science of the Mind (MIT Press, 2010).
BRYAN APPLEYARD writes on everything for The Sunday Times and is writing a book about everything. www.bryanappleyard.com
ALEX DANCHEV is Professor of International Relations at the University of Nottingham. His most recent book is On Art and War and Terror.
SARA WHEELER’s Access All Areas: Selected Writings 1990–2010 will be published next year by Jonathan Cape.
SAUL DAVID’s books include Victoria’s Wars: The Rise of Empire and Zulu: The Heroism and Tragedy of the Zulu War of 1879 (both Penguin).
D D GUTTENPLAN is London correspondent for the Nation and the author of American Radical: The Life and Times of I F Stone.
PETER MARSHALL is Professor of History at the University of Warwick. His most recent book is The Reformation: A Very Short Introduction (OUP).
GILES MILTON is the author of several histories and novels, including Paradise Lost: Smyrna 1922 (Sceptre).
TIM BLANNING is a Fellow of Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge. His most recent book is The Triumph of Music (Penguin).
JUSTIN MAROZZI is writing a history of Baghdad for Penguin.
GEORGE GÖMÖRI is Emeritus Fellow of Darwin College, Cambridge. His last book of poems in English was Polishing October (Shoestring Press).
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