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contents august 2015 • issue 434

Editor Nancy Sladek Deputy Editor Tom Fleming Editor-at-Large Jeremy Lewis Senior Editor Jonathan Beckman Chief Editorial Assistant Frank Brinkley Editorial Assistant David Gelber Contributing Editors Michael Burleigh Sara Wheeler • Philip Womack Advertising Manager Terry Finnegan Classified Advertising David Sturge Marketing Assistant Katherine Bogden Bayard Founding Father Auberon Waugh Cover Illustration Chris Riddell

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pulpit 1 D J Taylor history 5 Adrian Tinniswood

Willoughbyland: England’s Lost Colony Matthew Parker 6 Ric hard Overy

The Guardians: The League of Nations & the Crisis of Empire Susan Pedersen 8 Ke vin Jackson

Fracture: Life & Culture in the West, 1918–1938 Philipp Blom 9 Andr ew Roberts

Yanks and Limeys: Alliance Warfare in the Second World War Niall Barr 10 P iers Brendon

Go-Betweens for Hitler Karina Urbach 12 S imon Heffer on four short biographies of monarchs literary lives 13 Ian Sansom

Nabokov in America: On the Road to ‘Lolita’ Robert Roper 14 Ric hard Davenport-Hines

A House in St John’s Wood: In Search of My Parents Matthew Spender 16 James S tourton

Renishaw Hall: The Story of the Sitwells Desmond Seward 17 Jer emy Lewis

Going Up: To Cambridge & Beyond – A Writer’s Memoir Frederic Raphael once more unto the breach 18 John Guy

The Hundred Years War: Volume IV – Cursed Kings Jonathan Sumption 20 Mar y Wellesley

Agincourt Anne Curry outdoor pursuits 21 Michael Bywater

Naked at Lunch: The Adventures of a Reluctant Nudist Mark Haskell Smith 22 L ucy Moore

Speed Kings Andy Bull 23 P eter Oborne

The Awkward Squad: Rebels in English Cricket John Lucas

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