THIS MONTH’S PULPIT is written by Alexander Waugh. He is completing a film script based on his recent book, The House of Wittgenstein, for exploitation by Canadian cinema moguls. www.alexanderwaugh.com
JOHN GRAY’s most recent book is Gray’s Anatomy: Selected Writings (Allen Lane).
DAVID WOOTTON teaches at the University of York. He has just completed a biography of Galileo.
JONATHAN SUMPTION is a practising QC, and the latest volume of his history of the Hundred Years War, Divided Houses, was published in February by Faber.
MICHAEL BURLEIGH’s Blood & Rage: A Cultural History of Terrorism is available in paperback from HarperPerennial.
JOHN KEAY’s most recent book, China: A History, is published by HarperPress.
BLAIR WORDEN is Research Professor of History at Royal Holloway College London.
MICHAEL SLATER’s biography of Dickens was published last month by Yale University Press.
CHARLES ESDAILE is Professor in History at the University of Liverpool and the author of numerous books on Napoleon’s wars.
ANDREA WULF’s The Brother Gardeners: Botany, Empire and the Birth of an Obsession is published by Windmill/Random House.
RICHARD CARWARDINE FBA is Rhodes Professor of American History at Oxford University and Presidentelect of Corpus Christi College.
LETTERS & MEMOIRS
MICHAEL BURLEIGH Inside the Kingdom: Kings, Clerics, Modernists, Terrorists and the Struggle for Saudi Arabia Robert Lacey JOHN KEAY Nine Lives: In Search of the Sacred in Modern India William Dalrymple HAZHIR TEIMOURIAN The Persians: Ancient, Medieval and Modern Iran Homa Katouzian Shah Abbas: The Ruthless King Who Became an Iranian Legend David Blow
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JONATHAN SUMPTION Conquest: The English Kingdom in France, 1417–1450 Juliet Barker BLAIR WORDEN 1688: The First Modern Revolution Steve Pincus RICHARD CARWARDINE The American Civil War John Keegan CHARLES ESDAILE Russia Against Napoleon: The Battle for Europe, 1807 to 1814 Dominic Lieven RICHARD OVERY Demobbed: Coming Home After World War Two Alan Allport
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JOHN GRAY Trotsky: A Biography Robert Service DAVID WOOTTON Boyle: Between God and Science Michael Hunter MICHAEL SLATER The Pantomime Life of Joseph Grimaldi: Laughter, Madness and the Story of Britain’s Greatest Comedian Andrew Stott JESSIE CHILDS The Lady in the Tower: The Fall of Anne Boleyn Alison Weir BRENDA MADDOX The Fossil Hunter: Dinosaurs, Evolution, and the Woman Whose Discoveries Changed the World Shelley Emling Remarkable Creatures Tracy Chevalier NICHOLAS RANKIN Papa Spy: Love, Faith and Betrayal in Wartime Spain Jimmy Burns MICHAEL FARR Hergé: The Man Who Created Tintin Pierre Assouline
DAVID KYNASTON Dear Mr Bigelow: A Transatlantic Friendship Frances Woodsford ELSPETH BARKER My Father’s Places Aeronwy Thomas ROBERT CHESSHYRE My Paper Chase: True Stories of Vanished Times – An Autobiography Harold Evans J W M THOMPSON Climbing the Bookshelves: The Autobiography Shirley Williams
LESLIE MITCHELL Behind Closed Doors: At Home in Georgian England Amanda Vickery NORMA CLARKE The Secret History of Georgian London: How the Wages of Sin Shaped the Capital Dan Cruickshank
Editor: NANCY SLADEK Deputy Editor: TOM FLEMING Editor-at-Large: JEREMY LEWIS Assistant Editor: JONATHAN BECKMAN
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Cover illustration by Chris Riddell
Issue no. 370
LITERARY REVIEW October 2009