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Literary Review | a u g u s t 2 0 1 3 2

p u l p i t 1 D J Taylor r u s s i a 5 Anna Reid

Glorious Misadventures: Nikolai Rezanov & the Dream of Russian America Owen Matthews 7 Alan Judd

Russian Roulette: A Deadly Game – How British Spies Thwarted Lenin’s Global Plot Giles Milton 8 Donald Rayfield

The Readers of Novyi Mir Denis Kozlov h i st or y 10 Jonathan Sumption

Edward III and the Triumph of England Richard Barber 11 Simon J V Malloch

Under Another Sky: Journeys in Roman Britain Charlotte Higgins 13 Selina O’Grady

Band of Angels: The Forgotten World of Early Christian Women Kate Cooper 14 Alex Goodall

JFK’s Last Hundred Days Thurston Clarke • To Move The World: JFK’s Quest for Peace Jeffrey D Sachs 16 Richard Overy

Writing War: Soldiers Record the Japanese Empire Aaron William Moore 17 Colin Jones

France and the Age of Revolution William Doyle c r i me & p u n i s hment 19 Peter Marshall

The Faithful Executioner: Life and Death, Honour and Shame in the Turbulent Sixteenth Century Joel F Harrington 20 Anne Somerset

Witches Tracy Borman 21 David Gelber

The Short Strange Life of Herschel Grynszpan Jonathan Kirsch 23 Marcel Berlins

Payback: The Case for Revenge Thane Rosenbaum b ody & m i nd 24 James Le Fanu

The Cancer Chronicles George Johnson 25 Simon Singh

Killing Us Softly: The Sense & Nonsense of Alternative Medicine Paul Offit

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