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Editor Nancy Sladek Deputy Editor Tom Fleming Editor-at-Large Jeremy Lewis Senior Editor Jonathan Beckman Chief Editorial Assistant Frank Brinkley Editorial Assistants Tom Williams • David Gelber Contributing Editors Michael Burleigh Sara Wheeler • Philip Womack Advertising Manager Terry Finnegan Classified Advertising David Sturge Founding Father Auberon Waugh Cover Illustration Chris Riddell

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f r om the p u l p i t 1 Paul Lay b i o g r a p hy 5 John Gray

Inside the Centre: The Life of J Robert Oppenheimer Ray Monk 6 Andy Mar tin

Derrida: A Biography Benoît Peeters 8 Jane Rid ley

Raffles and the Golden Opportunity 1781–1826 Victoria Glendinning 9 Al lan Massie

The Twelve Caesars Matthew Dennison 10 David Astor

N ancy: The Story of Lady Astor Adrian Fort 11 W illiam Anthony Hay

The Crusader: The Life & Tumultuous Times of Pat Buchanan Timothy Stanley mus i c & a rt 12 Rupert Christiansen

A History of Opera: The Last Four Hundred Years Carolyn Abbate & Roger Parker 14 Mar tin Gayford

In My View: Personal Reflections on Art by Today’s Leading Artists (Ed) Simon Grant 15 Jonathan Keates

Music in 1853: The Biography of a Year Hugh Macdonald 16 P eyton Skipwith

The Sculpture of F E McWilliam Denise Ferran & Valerie Holman l i t e r a r y l i v e s 18 Jeremy Lewis

Patrick Leigh Fermor: An Adventure Artemis Cooper 19 Jo hn Sutherland

Below the Fairy City: A Life of Jerome K Jerome Carolyn W de la L Oulton 20 F reya Johnston

What Matters in Jane Austen? Twenty Crucial Puzzles Solved John Mullan • Jane Austen’s Cults & Cultures Claudia L Johnson 22 K atherine Duncan-Jones

Shakespeare’s Restless World Neil MacGregor

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