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contents september 2022 • issue 511

Editor Nancy Sladek Deputy Editor Tom Fleming Assistant Editor David Gelber Contributing Editors Jonathan Beckman Michael Burleigh • Sara Wheeler • Philip Womack Editorial & Marketing Assistant Michael Delgado Marketing Manager Constance Watson Advertising Manager Terry Finnegan Classified Advertising David Sturge Founding Editor Dr Anne Smith Cover Illustration Chris Riddell

The Literary Review, incorporating Quarto, is published monthly from: 44 Lexington Street, London W1F 0LW • ISSN 0144 4360 Tel: 020 7437 9392 • All subscription enquiries and changes of address to: Literary Review Subscriptions, The Maltings, West Street, Bourne, Lincolnshire PE10 9PH • Tel: +44 (0) 1778 395 165 All advertising enquiries to: Terry Finnegan, Literary Review, 44 Lexington Street, London W1F 0LW • Tel: 020 7437 9392 • Print by: CPUK Print Publishing Ltd, Distributed to newsagents worldwide by: Seymour Distribution Ltd • Tel: 020 7429 4000 Distributed to bookshops by: Central Books, 99 Wallis Road, London E9 5LN • Tel: 020 8986 4854 Designed by Cog Design Literary Review is set in Adobe Caslon and Janet. The latter is a digitisation of an engraved typeface designed by the artist and typographer Reynolds Stone, and named after his wife.

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diary 1 Alberto Manguel biography 5 Anne Perkins

Harold Wilson: The Winner Nick Thomas-Symonds 7 Robert Douglas-Fairhurst

An Intimate History of Evolution: The Story of the Huxley Family Alison Bashford 9 Tim Blanning

Magnificent Rebels: The First Romantics and the Invention of the Self Andrea Wulf 10 Lucy Lethbridge

Agatha Christie: A Very Elusive Woman Lucy Worsley british isles 12 Robert Colls

Second City: Birmingham and the Forging of Modern Britain Richard Vinen 13 Marc Mulholland

On Every Tide: The Making and Remaking of the Irish World Sean Connolly 14 Philip Parker

Lost Realms: Histories of Britain from the Romans to the Vikings Thomas Williams literary life 16 Richard Davenport-Hines

Confessions: A Life of Failed Promises A N Wilson 17 Heather Clark

Memoirs Robert Lowell 19 Richard Canning

City of the Beast: The London of Aleister Crowley Phil Baker 20 Patricia T O’Conner

Blurb Your Enthusiasm: An A–Z of Literary Persuasion Louise Willder mind & body 22 Salley Vickers

And Finally: Matters of Life & Death Henry Marsh • Brainspotting: Adventures in Neurology A J Lees 23 Nina Power

Of Boys and Men: Why the Modern Male is Struggling, Why It Matters, and What to Do About It Richard V Reeves 24 Daisy Dunn

Exposed: The Greek and Roman Body Caroline Vout

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