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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 David Gelber • Tom Williams 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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p u l p i t 1 Alex Preston f or e i g n pa rts 8 James Barr

Heirs to Forgotten Kingdoms: Journeys into the Disappearing Religions of the Middle East Gerard Russell 9 O leg Gordievsky

Ukraine Crisis: What It Means for the West Andrew Wilson 10 Ben Hutc hinson

Germany: Memories of a Nation Neil MacGregor l i t e r a r y l i v e s 11 Jonathan Sumption

The Poet’s Tale: Chaucer & the Year that Made the Canterbury Tales Paul Strohm 12 James W omack

Mayakovsky: A Biography Bengt Jangfeldt 14 Matthe w Sperling

Poets and the Peacock Dinner Lucy McDiarmid 15 Benedict N ightingale

Eugene O’Neill: A Life in Four Acts Robert M Dowling h i st or y 17 Norman Stone

Wilhelm II: Into the Abyss of War & Exile 1900–1941 John Röhl 19 Helen Castor

England , Arise: The People, the King and the Great Revolt of 1381 Juliet Barker 20 L eslie Mitchell

Mr & Mrs Disraeli: A Strange Romance Daisy Hay 21 P eter Marshall

Cunegonde’s Kidnapping: A Story of Religious Conflict in the Age of Enlightenment Benjamin J Kaplan 23 Jer ry Brotton

The Visitor: André Palmeiro and the Jesuits in Asia Liam Matthew Brockey 24 Blair W orden

Between Two Worlds: How the English Became Americans Malcolm Gaskill b i o g r a p hy & memoir 26 David Pryce-Jones

Havel: A Life Michael Zantovsky 27 C hristopher Andrew

Stalin’s Agent: The Life & Death of Alexander Orlov Boris Volodarsky

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