THIS MONTH’S PULPIT is written by D J Taylor. His next novel, Derby Day, will be published by Chatto & Windus in 2011.
SUSAN GREENFIELD is Director of the Institute for the Future of the Mind at the Oxford Martin School and Professor of Synaptic Pharmacology at the University of Oxford. Her books include ID: The Quest for Identity in the 21st Century.
RICHARD OVERY is writing a book about bombing during the Second World War.
MARTIN BRIGHT is political editor of the Jewish Chronicle.
JANE RIDLEY is writing a biography of Edward VII.
ERIC KAUFMANN’s latest book, Shall the Religious Inherit the Earth?, was published in March by Profile Books.
RICHARD DAVENPORT-HINES’s most recent book is Ettie: The Intimate Life and Dauntless Spirit of Lady Desborough (2008).
SIMON HEFFER’s Strictly English: The Correct Way to Write … And Why it Matters is out this month.
JONATHAN SUMPTION’s latest book, Divided Houses (Faber & Faber), is the third volume in his history of the Hundred Years War.
FREDERICK TAYLOR is the author of Dresden: Tuesday 13 February 1945. His new book, Exorcising Hitler, will be published by Bloomsbury next year.
PHILIP DAVIS is currently writing a life of George Eliot for OUP.
WILLIAM ST CLAIR is author of The Reading Nation in the Romantic Period (CUP).
ART & MUSIC
LETTER FROM UGANDA
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIRS
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JOHN COLDSTREAM Storyteller: The Life of Roald Dahl Donald Sturrock RICHARD DAVENPORT-HINES Under the Sun: The Letters of Bruce Chatwin (Edd) Elizabeth Chatwin & Nicholas Shakespeare JOHN STUBBS Andrew Marvell: The Chameleon Nigel Smith MARK GLANVILLE Correspondence: Ingeborg Bachmann and Paul Celan
DONALD RAYFIELD Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin Timothy Snyder Stalin’s Genocides: Human Rights and Crimes Against Humanity Norman M Naimark JONATHAN MIRSKY Mao’s Great Famine: The History of China’s Most Devastating Catastrophe, 1958–62 Frank Dikötter RICHARD OVERY The Blitz: The British Under Attack Juliet Gardiner FREDERICK TAYLOR Berlin at War: Life and Death in Hitler’s Capital, 1939–45 Roger Moorhouse SIMON HEFFER State of Emergency: The Way We Were – Britain, 1970–1974 Dominic Sandbrook JONATHAN SUMPTION The Origins of the English Parliament, 924–1327 J R Maddicott MATTHEW BELL Gentlemen and Blackguards or Gambling Mania and the Plot to Steal the Derby of 1844 Nicholas Foulkes ALLAN MASSIE Emperor of the West: Charlemagne and the Carolingian Empire Hywel Williams
PAUL JOHNSON John Brett: Pre-Raphaelite Landscape Painter Christiana Payne & Charles Brett ELSPETH BARKER Man with a Blue Scarf: On Sitting for a Portrait by Lucian Freud Martin Gayford WILLIAM ST CLAIR The Romantic Revolution Tim Blanning CHRISTOPHER BRAY Bob Dylan in America Sean Wilentz
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PAUL ADDISON Supermac: The Life of Harold Macmillan D R Thorpe JANE RIDLEY David Lloyd George: The Great Outsider Roy Hattersley VICTOR SEBESTYEN The Nine Lives of Otto Katz Jonathan Miles PAMELA NORRIS What to Look for in Winter: A Memoir in Blindness Candia McWilliam JEREMY LEWIS The Arvon Book of Life Writing: Writing Biography, Autobiography and Memoir
LITERARY REVIEW September 2010
Editor: NANCY SLADEK Deputy Editor: TOM FLEMING Editor-at-Large: JEREMY LEWIS Assistant Editor: JONATHAN BECKMAN Editorial Assistant: ALEXANDER BLASDEL Contributing Editors: MICHAEL BURLEIGH,
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ANDREW LYCETT The Masque of Africa: Glimpses of African Belief V S Naipaul ANTHONY DANIELS Chasing the Devil: The Search for Africa’s Fighting Spirit Tim Butcher ANTHONY SATTIN Landfalls: On the Edge of Islam with Ibn Battutah Tim Mackintosh-Smith COLIN SMITH Sweet and Bitter Island: A History of the British in Cyprus Tabitha Morgan
ERIC KAUFMANN Arrival City: How the Largest Migration in History is Reshaping Our World Doug Saunders CHRISTOPHER HART City of Sin: London and its Vices Catharine Arnold
MARTIN BRIGHT Secret Affairs: Britain’s Collusion with Radical Islam Mark Curtis CAROLINE MOOREHEAD Half the Sky: How to Change the World Nicholas D Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn SUSAN GREENFIELD The Shallows: How the Internet Is Changing the Way We Think, Read and Remember Nicholas Carr JAMES HALL Michelangelo’s Finger: An Exploration of Everyday Transcendence Raymond Tallis The Finger: A Handbook Angus Trumble PHILIP DAVIS Why Do We Care About Literary Characters? Blakey Vermeule
SARAH A SMITH To the End of the Land David Grossman PATRICK HENNESSEY Matterhorn Karl Marlantes JAMES PURDON Walking to Hollywood Will Self SIMON BAKER Lights Out in Wonderland D B C Pierre DAVID JAYS Nourishment Gerard Woodward RACHEL HORE Room Emma Donoghue PHILIP WOMACK Super Sad True Love Story Gary Shteyngart ANTHONY CUMMINS Zero History William Gibson ROSALIND PORTER And the Land Lay Still James Robertson ANN MORGAN Whatever You Love Louise Doughty
PAUL ADDISON’s latest book is No Turning Back: The Peacetime Revolutions of Post-War Britain (OUP).
DONALD RAYFIELD is writing a history of Georgia for Reaktion Books.
JAMES HALL is the author of two books on Michelangelo and, most recently, The Sinister Side: How Left-Right Symbolism Shaped Western Art (OUP).
PATRICK HENNESSEY is author of The Junior Officers’ Reading Club (Penguin).
JEREMY LEWIS’s new book, Shades of Greene: One Generation of an English Family, is published by Jonathan Cape.
JOHN COLDSTREAM spent eight years on the life, work and letters of Dirk Bogarde. Like Piaf, he has no regrets.
ANTHONY SATTIN’s most recent book, A Winter on the Nile: Florence Nightingale, Gustave Flaubert and the Temptations of Egypt, is published by Hutchinson.
COLIN SMITH’s England’s Last War Against France: Fighting Vichy 1940–42 has just been published by Phoenix.
JOHN STUBBS is currently working on a book on seventeenth-century writers and the civil wars.
VICTOR SEBESTYEN’s Revolution 1989: The Fall of the Soviet Empire is out in paperback (Phoenix).
MARK GLANVILLE is a freelance writer and singer. His CD A Yiddish Winterreise was recently released.
RACHEL HORE’s fourth novel, A Place of Secrets, is published this month by Pocket Books.
CHRISTOPHER BRAY’s book on Sean Connery and hero worship is just out from Faber & Faber.
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