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This month’s pulpit is written by Frances Wilson. She is the author of The Ballad of Dorothy Wordsworth and is currently writing a book about Thomas De Quincey. John Adamson’s most recent book is The Noble Revolt: The Overthrow of Charles I (Phoenix), which won the Samuel Pepys Award and the Latham Medal for History. Charles Allen is currently working on a biography of Brian Houghton Hodgson, the ‘father of Himalayan studies’. Simon Baker is a freelance reviewer. Memphis Barker is assistant editor of The Independent’s comment section, Independent Voices. Christopher Bray’s cultural history of 1965, the year today began, will be out from Simon & Schuster in the spring. Piers Brendon is working on a book about Winston Churchill and the animal kingdom. Jerry Brotton is the author of A History of the World in Twelve Maps (Penguin). Michael Burleigh’s most recent book is Small Wars, Faraway Places: The Genesis of the Modern World 1945–65. Richard Canning is completing a biography of Ronald Firbank. His most recent publication is an edition of Firbank’s Vainglory for Penguin Classics (2012). David Collard is a writer and researcher. Felipe Fernández-Armesto is the William P Reynolds Professor of History at Notre Dame. Our America: A Hispanic History of the United States is published this month. Laura Gallagher is a freelance writer. David Gelber is treasurer of the Society for Court Studies. John Gray’s most recent book is The Silence of Animals: On Progress and Other Modern Myths (Penguin). Matthew Green is working on a book on British veterans battling PTSD called Aftershock. James Hall is the author of two books on Michelangelo and, most recently, The Sinister Side: How Left–Right Symbolism Shaped Western Art.

Tanya Harrod’s The Last Sane Man: Michael Cardew, Modern Pots, Colonialism and the Counterculture was awarded the 2013 James Tait Black Prize for biography. William Anthony Hay is a historian at Mississippi State University. He is completing a biography of the second Earl of Liverpool, prime minister from 1812 to 1827. Simon Heffer’s High Minds is available from all fine booksellers. He is researching a sequel, covering the years 1880 to 1914. Ben Hutchinson is Professor of European Literature at the University of Kent. His recent books include Modernism and Style (2011). Kevin Jackson’s monograph on Nosferatu was published in November, as was his Kindle Single Darwin’s Odyssey: The Voyage of the Beagle. Maya Jaggi’s cultural journalism and criticism gained her an honorary doctorate from the Open University in 2012. She is a judge of this year’s International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. Paul Johnson has recently written a short life of Mozart. Stuart Kelly is the author of The Book of Lost Books and Scott-Land: The Man Who Invented a Nation. He judged the Man Booker Prize in 2013 and is the programme director of the Glasgow Book Festival. Roger Kimball is the editor of the New Criterion. Alexander Maitland has written biographies of John Hanning Speke, Freya Stark and Wilfred Thesiger. Jessica Mann’s latest book is Dead Woman Walking (The Cornovia Press).

Allan Massie’s new novel, Cold Winter in Bordeaux, is published by Quartet this month. Jonathan McAloon has written for the TLS, The Spectator and the New Statesman. Keith Miller works for the Daily Telegraph. Jonathan Mirsky was an academic whose main research was on the Tang dynasty (618–906), the one before Huizong’s. His last position was East Asia Editor of The Times. Leslie Mitchell is Emeritus Fellow at University College, Oxford. His interests lie in the high politics of the 18th century. David Nirenberg’s most recent book is Anti-Judaism: The History of a Way of Thinking. His Neighboring Faiths: Christianity, Islam, and Judaism, Medieval and Modern will be published this spring. Richard Overy’s The Bombing War: Europe 1939–1945 was published in September. Lucy Popescu is the author of The Good Tourist (Arcadia Books). Bernard Porter is Emeritus Professor of Modern History at Newcastle University, but lives in Stockholm for half the year. Chris Riddell recently won the 2013 Costa Children’s Book Award. Lucian Robinson is a freelance writer. Ian Sansom’s most recent book is The Norfolk Mystery (Fourth Estate). Anne Sebba is writing about Paris through women’s eyes from 1939 to 1949. Charles Shaar Murray’s biographies of John Lee Hooker and Jimi Hendrix are published by Canongate. Frances Spalding’s two most recent books are John Piper, Myfanwy Piper: Lives in Art (OUP) and Prunella Clough: regions unmapped (Lund Humphries). D J Taylor’s The Windsor Faction was published in September by Chatto. Martin Vander Weyer is business editor of The Spectator and the author of a biography of the 1920s fraudster Gerard Lee Bevan. Francesca Wade is a freelance writer living in London.

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