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contents october 2017 • issue 458

Editor Nancy Sladek Deputy Editor Tom Fleming Assistant Editors Frank Brinkley • David Gelber Contributing Editors Jonathan Beckman Michael Burleigh • Sara Wheeler • Philip Womack Advertising Manager Terry Finnegan Classified Advertising David Sturge Marketing Manager Katherine Bogden Bayard Founding Editor Dr Anne Smith Cover Illustration Chris Riddell

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diary 5 Sam Leith literary lives 6 A N Wilson

Mr Lear: A Life of Art & Nonsense Jenny Uglow 7 Jer emy Treglown

Anthony Powell: Dancing to the Music of Time Hilary Spurling 9 C hristian Lorentzen

The Rub of Time: Bellow, Nabokov, Hitchens, Travolta, Trump – Essays & Reportage, 1986–2016 Martin Amis history 10 David Biale

Be longing: The Story of the Jews 1492–1900 Simon Schama 12 Mar y Wellesley

Queens of the Conquest: England’s Medieval Queens 1066–1167 Alison Weir 13 Car oline Finkel

The Sultan’s Organ Jonathan Gathorne-Hardy 15 Anna Kea y

To Catch a King: Charles II’s Great Escape Charles Spencer 16 Jo hn Bew

Victorious Century: The United Kingdom, 1800–1906 David Cannadine 18 David S tevenson

The Internationalists and their Plan to Outlaw War Oona A Hathaway & Scott J Shapiro secessionists 20 John Carlin

The Struggle for Catalonia: Rebel Politics in Spain Raphael Minder 22 P aul Bew

Gerry Adams: An Unauthorised Life Malachi O’Doherty poem 23 Sean O’Brien ‘From the Cherry Hills’

cities 24 Christopher Woodward

The Last London: True Fictions from an Unreal City Iain Sinclair

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