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p u l p i t 1 Frances Wilson a rt 6 Eric Ormsby

Aisha’s Cushion: Religious Art, Perception, & Practice in Islam Jamal J Elias 7 Lisa Jardine

Mr Collier’s Letter Racks: A Tale of Art & Illusion at the Threshold of the Modern Information Age Dror Wahrman 9 Edmund de Waal

The Last Sane Man: Michael Cardew – Modern Pots, Colonialism & the Counterculture Tanya Harrod 11 Matthew Parker

Caribbean: Art at the Crossroads of the World (Edd) Deborah Cullen & Elvis Fuentes 12 Paul Johnson

John Singer Sargent: Figures & Landscapes, 1900–1907 Richard Ormond & Elaine Kilmurray 13 Richard Davenport-Hines

In Search of Rex Whistler: His Life & His Work Hugh & Mirabel Cecil p h i l o s o p h e r s 14 John Gray

Is God Happy? Selected Essays Leszek Kołakowski 16 Blair Worden

The Clarendon Edition of the Works of Thomas Hobbes: Leviathan (Ed) Noel Malcolm h i st or y 18 Peter Frankopan

The Crusader States Malcolm Barber 19 Jonathan Sumption

The Verdict of Battle: The Law of Victory & the Making of Modern War James Q Whitman 20 Felipe Fernández-Armesto

Thirst: Water & Power in the Ancient World Steven Mithen 22 Peter Heather

Through the Eye of a Needle: Wealth, the Fall of Rome, & the Making of Christianity in the West, 350–550 AD Peter Brown 23 Peter Marshall

The Atheist’s Bible Georges Minois 24 Piers Brendon

Prairie Fever: How British Aristocrats Staked a Claim to the American West Peter Pagnamenta 26 Donald Rayfield

Moscow, 1937 Karl Schlögel

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