THIS MONTH’S PULPIT is written by Dominic Sandbrook. The next book in his series on postwar Britain, Seasons in the Sun, will be published by Penguin in 2012.
DANIEL BEER is writing a history of exile to Siberia under the tsars.
JERRY BROTTON i s Professor of Renaissance Studies at Queen Mary University of London. His history of world mapping will be published by Viking next year.
ERIC IVES is Emeritus Professor of English History at Birmingham University and author of Lady Jane Grey: A Tudor Mystery (Wiley-Blackwell).
RUTH SCURR is the author of Fatal Purity: Robespierre and the French Revolution (Chatto & Windus).
STEPHEN DORRIL is the author of Blackshirt: Sir Oswald Mosley and British Fascism and MI6: Fifty Years of Special Operations.
PIERS BRENDON’s books include The Decline and Fall of the British Empire and The Dark Val l e y : A Panorama of the 1930s.
MICHAEL BURLEIGH’s Blood & Rage: A Cultural History of Terrorism is available in paperback from HarperPerennial.
DAVID BODANIS is the author of the bestselling E=MC 2: A Biography of the World’s Greatest Equation. His book on the Ten Commandments will be published by Bloomsbury next year.
SARA WHEELER’s Access All Areas: Selected Writings 1990–2010 was published by Jonathan Cape in March.
JOHN GRAY’s most recent book, The Immortalization Commission: Science and the Strange Quest to Cheat Death, is published by Allen Lane.
DANIEL BEER Leningrad: Tragedy of a City Under Siege, 1941–44 Anna Reid TIMOTHY BROOK 1493: How Europe’s Discovery of the Americas Revolutionized Trade, Ecology and Life on Earth Charles C Mann JERRY BROTTON The Swerve: How the Renaissance Began Stephen Greenblatt ERIC IVES The Elizabethans A N Wilson ALLAN MASSIE To the Ends of the Earth: Scotland’s Global Diaspora, 1750–2010 T M Devine RUTH SCURR Wicked Company: Freethinkers and Friendship in pre-Revolutionary Paris Philipp Blom STEPHEN DORRIL Franco’s Friends: How British Intelligence Helped Bring Franco to Power in Spain Peter Day PIERS BRENDON Ghosts of Empire: Britain’s Legacies in the Modern World Kwasi Kwarteng
LESLIE MITCHELL Castlereagh: From Enlightenment to Tyranny John Bew PAMELA NORRIS Sister Queens: Katherine of Aragon and Juana Queen of Castile Julia Fox JAY PARINI Hemingway’s Second War: Bearing Witness to the Spanish Civil War Alex Vernon PETER JONES The Crimes of Elagabalus: The Life and Legacy of Rome’s Decadent Boy Emperor Martijn Icks DAVID BODANIS The Genius in my Basement: The Biography of a Happy Man Alexander Masters SARA WHEELER How to Survive the Titanic, or The Sinking of J Bruce Ismay Frances Wilson
JOHN GRAY The Filter Bubble: What the Internet Is Hiding from You Eli Pariser JOAN SMITH Free Ride: How the Internet is Destroying the Culture Business and How the Culture Business can Fight Back Robert Levine JOHN SWEENEY DarkMarket: CyberThieves, CyberCops and You Misha Glenny
DAVID PRYCE-JONES A Line in the Sand: Britain, France and the Struggle that Shaped the Middle East James Barr JOHN KEAY The Opium War: Drugs, Dreams and the Making of China Julia Lovell ALEXANDER MAITLAND Explorers of the Nile: The Triumph and Tragedy of a Great Victorian Adventure Tim Jeal
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FRANCES SPALDING The Last Pre-Raphaelite: Edward Burne-Jones and the Victorian Imagination Fiona MacCarthy JONATHAN KEATES The Castrato and His Wife Helen Berry PEYTON SKIPWITH John Craxton Ian Collins
TED NIELD Survivors: The Animals and Plants that Time Has Left Behind Richard Fortey STEPHEN AMIDON Fire Season: Field Notes from a Wilderness Lookout Philip Connors TOM FORT Rat Island: Predators in Paradise and the World’s Greatest Wildlife Rescue William Stolzenburg
MALISE RUTHVEN A Quiet Revolution: The Veil’s Resurgence, from the Middle East to America Leila Ahmed MICHAEL BURLEIGH The 9/11 Wars Jason Burke FRANCIS WHEEN Scapegoat: A History of Blaming Other People Charlie Campbell ANTHONY DANIELS The Origins of AIDS Jacques Pepin FREDERIC RAPHAEL Is That a Fish in Your Ear? Translation and the Meaning of Everything David Bellos ALEXANDER WAUGH A More Perfect Heaven: How Copernicus Revolutionized the Cosmos Dava Sobel DIANA ATHILL Indigo: In Search of the Colour that Seduced the World Catherine McKinley KATHARINE WHITEHORN This Way to the Revolution: A Memoir Erin Pizzey
URSULA K LE GUIN Ragnarok: The End of the Gods A S Byatt JONATHAN BECKMAN The Sisters Brothers Patrick deWitt PAUL BAILEY The Last Hundred Days Patrick McGuinness ANDREW LYCETT The Narrative of John Smith Arthur Conan Doyle JONATHAN BARNES ON FIVE DEBUT NOVELS PATRICIA DUNCKER The Translation of the Bones Francesca Kay TOM WILLIAMS A Cruel Bird Came to the Nest and Looked In Magnus Mills DAVID ANNAND Damned Chuck Palahniuk JOHN BOYNE Shooting Angels Christopher Hope EMMA HOGAN Childish Loves Benjamin Markovits
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JOAN SMITH is a novelist, columnist and critic. She is President of the Creators’ Rights All i ance and a board member o f t he Authors’ Licensing and Collecting Society.
DAVID PRYCE-JONES’s most recent book is Treason from the Heart: From Thomas Pa i n e t o Kim Ph i l b y (Encounter Books). He is Senior Editor of National Review.
ALEXANDER MAITLAND is the authorised biographer of Wilfred Thesiger.
FRANCES SPALDING’s book on John and Myfanwy Piper is available in paperback. Prunella Clough: Regions Unmapped will be published next year.
PEYTON SKIPWITH’s l a test book, written with Brian Webb, is Edward Bawden’s London (V&A Publishing).
TED NIELD’s most recent book is Incoming! Or, Why We Should Stop Worrying a n d Lea r n t o Love t h e Meteorite (Granta Books).
MALISE RUTHVEN’s books include Fundamentalism: The Search for Meaning and A Fury for God: The Islamist Attack on America. A book of his essays, Encounters with Islam, will be published next year.
FREDERIC RAPHAEL’s Ifs and Buts, his fifth volume of notebooks, is published by Carcanet.
DIANA ATHILL’s Instead of a Book: Letters to a Friend will be published in October by Granta Books.
KATHARINE WHITEHORN is agony aunt for Saga magazine and is writing again in a small way for The Observer, where she had a column for thirty-six years.
URSULA K LE GUIN’s most recent novel Lavinia won the Locus Fantasy Award in 2009.
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