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p u l p i t 1 Patricia Duncker d i a r i e s & n o t e b o ok s 5 John Gray

Michael Oakeshott: Notebooks, 1922–86 (ed) Luke O’Sullivan 6 Jane Ridley

Margot Asquith’s Great War Diary 1914–1916: The View from Downing Street (edd) Michael Brock & Eleanor Brock 9 Igor Toronyi-Lalic

Harrison Birtwistle: Wild Tracks Fiona Maddocks among the b e l i e v e r s 10 Karen Armstrong

In Search of the Christian Buddha: How an Asian Sage Became a Medieval Saint Donald S Lopez Jr & Peggy McCracken 11 Darrin M McMahon

Atheists: The Origin of the Species Nick Spencer f or e i g n pa rts 12 Donald Rayfield

The Last Empire: The Final Days of the Soviet Union Serhii Plokhy 14 Adam LeBor

Cursed Victory: A History of Israel and the Occupied Territories Ahron Bregman 16 Jonathan Mirsky

The Forbidden Game: Golf and the Chinese Dream Dan Washburn h i st or y 17 Blair Worden

Queen Anne: Patroness of Arts James Anderson Winn 19 Robert Irwin

The Race for Paradise: An Islamic History of the Crusades Paul M Cobb 20 Peter Marshall

Christendom Destroyed: Europe 1517–1648 Mark Greengrass 22 John Edwards

World Without End: The Global Empire of Philip II Hugh Thomas 23 Christopher Andrew

Target: Italy – The Secret War against Mussolini, 1940–1943 Roderick Bailey 24 Nigel Jones on seven books about the First World War

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