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THIS MONTH’S PULPIT is written by John Gross. His most recent work, The Oxford Book of Parodies, is published this month by Oxford University Press.

GEOFFREY WALL’s books include Flaubert: A Life, published in paperback by Faber in 2001.

JOHN GRAY’s latest book, Gray’s Anatomy: Selected Writings, is published in paperback by Penguin.

MICHAEL TANNER is a philosopher at Cambridge University. He is the Opera Critic of The Spectator, and his most recent book is The Faber Guide to Wagner.

MIRANDA SEYMOUR is the author of A Brief History of Thyme, and Other Herbs. Her most recent book, Chaplin’s Girl: The Life and Loves of Virginia Cherrill, is published in paperback this month by Pocket Books.

RICHARD OVERY’s The Morbid Age: Britain Between t he Wars and his 1939: Countdown to War were both published last year by Allen Lane.

WILLIAM ST CLAIR is the author of The Reading Nation in the Romantic Period, and other works. With Peter France he edited Mapping Lives: The Uses of Biography.

RODERICK MATTHEWS is the author of The Flaws in the Jewel: Challenging the Myths of British India (HarperCollins), available in India from May.

CHRISTOPHER COKER is Professor of International Relations at the London School of Economics and author of several books on international security.

JULIAN THOMPSON is a retired Major General and visiting professor at the Department of War Studies, King’s College London. His recent publicat ions include Dunkirk, Retreat t o Victory, and Forgotten Voices of Burma.

LITERARY REVIEW May 2010

PULPIT

HISTORY

WAR & AID

BIOGRAPHY

PAKISTAN

SECOND WORLD WAR

ROMANTICS

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JOHN GROSS

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ADRIAN TINNISWOOD The Royal Stuarts: A History of the Family That Shaped Britain Allan Massie LEANDA DE LISLE Death and the Virgin: Elizabeth, Dudley, and the Mysterious Fate of Amy Robsart Chris Skidmore RICHARD CARWARDINE Empire of Liberty: A History of the Early Republic, 1789–1815 Gordon S Wood SARAH BRADFORD Courtiers: The Secret History of Kensington Palace Lucy Worsley LESLIE MITCHELL When London was Capital of America Julie Flavell DOMINIC SANDBROOK No Turning Back: The Peacetime Revolutions of Post-War Britain Paul Addison RICHARD OVERY The Atlantic and Its Enemies: A Personal History of the Cold War Norman Stone

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ADRIAN WEALE The Good Soldiers David Finkel Task Force Black: The Explosive True Story of the SAS and the Secret War in Iraq Mark Urban CAROLINE MOOREHEAD War Games: The Story of Aid and War in Modern Times Linda Polman

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GEOFFREY WALL A Winter on the Nile: Florence Nightingale, Gustave Flaubert and the Temptations of Egypt Anthony Sattin BRYAN APPLEYARD The Price of Altruism: George Price and the Search for the Origins of Kindness Oren Harman JUDY TAYLOR HOUGH So Much to Tell Valerie Grove Puffin by Design: 70 Years of Imagination – 1940–2010 Phil Baines ALEXANDER WAUGH The Sultan of Zanzibar: The Bizarre World and Spectacular Hoaxes of Horace de Vere Cole Martyn Downer

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RODERICK MATTHEWS Jinnah: India – Partition – Independence Jaswant Singh NADIRA NAIPAUL Songs of Blood and Sword Fatima Bhutto

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CHRISTOPHER COKER Moral Combat: A History of World War II Michael Burleigh JULIAN THOMPSON Road of Bones: The Siege of Kohima 1944 – The Epic Story of the Last Great Stand of Empire Fergal Keane KEITH LOWE The Battle of Britain James Holland Listening to Britain Paul Addison & Jeremy A Crang

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WILLIAM ST CLAIR Joseph Severn, A Life Sue Brown CATHERINE PETERS Young Romantics: The Shelleys, Byron and Other Tangled Lives Daisy Hay

Editor: NANCY SLADEK Deputy Editor: TOM FLEMING Editor-at-Large: JEREMY LEWIS Assistant Editor: JONATHAN BECKMAN Contributing Editors: MICHAEL BURLEIGH, SARA WHEELER,

SEBASTIAN SHAKESPEARE, PHILIP WOMACK

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Founding Editor: DR ANNE SMITH Founding Father: AUBERON WAUGH

Cover illustration by Chris Riddell

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