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contents april 2 0 2 3 • i s s u e 5 1 7 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

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Killing Thatcher: The IRA, the Manhunt and the Long War on the Crown Rory Carroll John Kampfner

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Revolutionary Spring: Fighting for a New World 1848–1849 Christopher Clark John Foot

Architects of Terror: Paranoia, Conspiracy and Anti-Semitism in Franco’s Spain Paul Preston Rana Mitter

China and Russia: Four Centuries of Conflict and Concord Philip Snow Malise Ruthven

The Caliph and the Imam: The Making of Sunnism and Shiism Toby Matthiesen Jonathan Rée

The French Resistance and Its Legacy Rod Kedward stage & screen Kirsten Tambling

Searching for Juliet: The Lives and Deaths of Shakespeare’s First Tragic Heroine Sophie Duncan Simon Heffer

Masquerade: The Lives of Noël Coward Oliver Soden art & photography Norma Clarke

Women Artists in the Reign of Catherine the Great Rosalind P Blakesley James Cahill

Affinities Brian Dillon Salley Vickers

The Other Side: A Journey into Women, Art and the Spirit World Jennifer Higgie the state we ’re in Alan Ryan

Free and Equal: What Would a Fair Society Look Like? Daniel Chandler Howard Davies

We Need to Talk About Inflation: 14 Urgent Lessons f rom the Last 2,000 Years Stephen D King

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