THIS MONTH’S PULPIT is written by Stephen Vizinczey, whose books include An Innocent Millionaire and Truth & Lies in Literature.
JERRY BROTTON is Professor of Renaissance Studies at Queen Mary University of London. His history of world mapping will be published by Viking next year.
PETER MARSHALL is Professor of History at the University of Warwick. His most recent book is The Reformation: A Very Short Introduction (OUP).
JOHN GRAY’s most recent book is Gray’s Anatomy: Selected Writings (Penguin).
DIANA ATHILL is the author of Somewhere Towards the End, which won the 2008 Costa Book Award for biography.
LEO MCKINSTRY’s books about the Spitfire, the Hurricane and the Lancaster are all published by John Murray.
DAVID WORTH has just completed a novel based on his experiences as a political consultant in Colombia.
MICHAEL HOLMAN’s Dizzy Worms, the last novel in a satirical trilogy set in east Africa, was published in June (Polygon).
RODERICK MATTHEWS i s the author of The Flaws in the Jewel: Challenging the Myths of British India (HarperCollins India).
PAUL BEW’s Ireland: The Politics of Enmity, 1789–2006 is published by OUP.
MICHAEL ARDITTI’s new novel, Jubilate, will be published in February by Arcadia.
WILLIAM PALMER is a novelist and poet. Under the Influence, his study of alcohol and its effects on writers’ lives and work, has just been completed.
HEAVEN & EARTH
PETER MARSHALL She-Wolves: The Women Who Ruled England Before Elizabeth Helen Castor LESLIE MITCHELL Palmerston: A Biography David Brown TIM TZOULIADIS The Invisible Harry Gold: The Man Who Gave the Soviets the Atom Bomb Allen M Hornblum JANE RIDLEY Edith Cavell Diana Souhami RUPERT CHRISTIANSEN Sarah: The Life of Sarah Bernhardt Robert Gottlieb MIRA BAR-HILLEL Norman Foster: A Life in Architecture Deyan Sudjic
JERRY BROTTON Galileo J L Heilbron Galileo: Watcher of the Skies David Wootton TOM FORT Atlantic: A Vast Ocean of a Million Stories Simon Winchester The Wave: In Pursuit of the Oceans’ Greatest Furies Susan Casey TED NIELD The Planet in a Pebble: A Journey into Earth’s Deep History Jan Zalasiewicz JOHN GRIBBIN Cycles of Time: An Extraordinary New View of the Universe Roger Penrose The Grand Design: New Answers to the Ultimate Questions of Life Stephen Hawking & Leonard Mlodinow
LESLEY CHAMBERLAIN Crimea: The Last Crusade Orlando Figes ERIC KURLANDER Chronicle of a Downfall: Germany 1929–1939 Leopold Schwarzschild (Ed) Andreas Wesemann M R D FOOT The Second World War: A Military History Gordon Corrigan MATTHEW ADAMS Image Wars: Promoting Kings and Commonwealths in England, 1603-1660 Kevin Sharpe JONATHAN FENBY Passport to Peking: A Very British Mission to Mao’s China Patrick Wright VASILY GROSSMAN Extract from ‘The Road’
GILLIAN TINDALL Map of a Nation: A Biography of the Ordnance Survey Rachel Hewitt ANDREW LYCETT The English Ghost: Spectres Through Time Peter Ackroyd LEO MCKINSTRY Empire of the Clouds: When Britain’s Aircraft Ruled the World James Hamilton-Paterson
DAVID WORTH Amexica: War Along the Borderline Ed Vulliamy The Last Narco: Hunting El Chapo, The World’s Most Wanted Drug Lord Malcolm Beith
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MICHAEL HOLMAN The Fear: The Last Days of Robert Mugabe Peter Godwin RODERICK MATTHEWS Mumbai Fables Gyan Prakash ROBERT CHESSHYRE Rainbow Pie: A Memoir of Redneck America Joe Bageant
PAUL BEW A Journey Tony Blair The Third Man: Life at the Heart of New Labour Peter Mandelson GILES FITZHERBERT Even Silence Has an End: My Six Years of Captivity in the Colombian Jungle Ingrid Betancourt RICHARD CANNING The Sixties: Diaries, Volume Two – 1960–1969 Christopher Isherwood WILLIAM PALMER Changeling: A Memoir of Parents Lost and Found Sandra Neuman My Father’s Fortune: A Life Michael Frayn Teach Us to Sit Still: A Sceptic’s Search for Health and Healing Tim Parks
CHRISTOPHER HART Kiss Me, Chudleigh: The World According to Auberon Waugh (Ed) William Cook ROBERT IRWIN Pathfinders: The Golden Age of Arabic Science Jim al-Khalili JOHN GRAY Them and Us: Politics, Greed and Inequality – Why We Need a Fair Society Will Hutton PAUL JOHNSON Blessed and Beautiful: Picturing the Saints Robert Kiely FRANCES WILSON A Short History of Celebrity Fred Inglis DIANA ATHILL Crazy Age: Thoughts on Being Old Jane Miller PETER JONES The Hemlock Cup: Socrates, Athens and the Search for the Good Life Bettany Hughes MICHAEL BURLEIGH Strictly English: The Correct Way to Write … and Why It Matters Simon Heffer
JONATHAN MILES Freedom Jonathan Franzen JAY PARINI Nemesis Philip Roth PAMELA NORRIS The Life of an Unknown Man Andreï Makine JONATHAN DERBYSHIRE In a Strange Room Damon Galgut MICHAEL ARDITTI The Empty Family: Stories Colm Tóibín JOHN HARWOOD The Small Hand: A Ghost Story Susan Hill ANTHONY CUMMINS The Privileges Jonathan Dee JANE CHARTERIS The Old Romantic Louise Dean JOHN DUGDALE Player One Douglas Coupland
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ROBERT IRWIN’s latest book is For Lust of Knowing: The Orientalists and Their Enemies (Penguin).
TIM TZOULIADIS is the author of The Forsaken, published by Little, Brown.
FRANCES WILSON’s books include The Ballad of Dorothy Wordsworth (Faber & Faber). She is a judge of this year’s Man Booker Prize.
JANE RIDLEY is writing a biography of King Edward VII, to be published by Chatto & Windus.
TED NIELD is Editor of Geoscientist.
JOHN GRIBBIN is the author of In Search of the Multiverse (Penguin).
PETER JONES i s the founder of Friends of Classics.
RICHARD CANNING’s most recent book is Brief Lives: E M Forster (Hesperus).
LESLEY CHAMBERLAIN is the author of many books and articles about Russia, including, most recently, The Philosophy Steamer: Lenin and the Exile of the Intelligentsia.
JONATHAN FENBY is the author of the Penguin History of Modern China and, most recently, The General: Charles de Gaulle and the France He Saved (Simon & Schuster).
JAY PARINI is a poet and novelist. His new novel, The Passages of Herman Melville, will be published in February (Canongate).
JONATHAN MILES is the author of a novel, Dear American Airlines, and a former columnist for the New York Times.
JOHN HARWOOD is the author of The Ghost Writer (2004) and The Séance (2008), both published by Cape. He is currently completing his third novel, The Asylum.
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