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contents august 2018 • issue 467

Editor Nancy Sladek Deputy Editor Tom Fleming Assistant Editors Frank Brinkley • David Gelber Editorial Assistant Paloma van Tol 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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Jessica Mann, 1937–2018

We were sad to learn of the death of Jessica Mann in July, at the age of eighty. Jessica had been a regular contributor to the magazine for twenty-five years and started writing her monthly crime column in 2006. Her pithy summaries and sharp assessments of the latest crime novels were beloved of Literary Review readers. On the rare occasions when she took a month off, we would unfailingly receive messages from readers seeking assurances that her column would return. In spite of ill health, she continued to make regular visits to the Literary Review office to collect the latest batch of crime novels up to the time of her death, undaunted by the steep flight of stairs and the tenebrous hallway. She will be hugely missed by all at Literary Review. Readers might like to turn to page 59 for an appreciation of her life by Natasha Cooper.

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diary 1 Christopher Howse seafarers 5 Robert Mayhew

Endeavour: The Ship & the Attitude That Changed the World Peter Moore 6 Douglas Smith

A World of Empires: The Russian Voyage of the Frigate ‘Pallada’ Edyta M Bojanowska ages of empire 8 John Keay

The Last Englishmen Deborah Baker 9 Frank Prochaska

The Lion and the Eagle: The Interaction of the British & American Empires 1783–1972 Kathleen Burk 11 Bijan Omrani

Afghanistan in the Age of Empires Farrukh Husain 12 Sarah Bradford

The Imperial Tea Party Frances Welch literary lives 14 Frances Wilson

The Warm South: How the Mediterranean Shaped the British Imagination Robert Holland 16 John Sutherland

Robert Graves: From Great War Poet to ‘Good-bye to All That’ (1895-1929) Jean Moorcroft Wilson 17 Emma Smith

Imagining Shakespeare’s Wife Katherine West Scheil 18 Andrew Lycett

Autumn in Venice: Ernest Hemingway & His Last Muse Andrea di Robilant 20 Lucy Hughes-Hallett

Writers and Their Mothers Dale Salwak (ed)

poem 19 John Burnside ‘Affianced by Oath’

britain 21 Thomas Shippey

Edmund: In Search of England’s Lost King Francis Young 22 Piers Brendon

The Rise and Fall of the British Nation David Edgerton

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