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THIS MONTH’S PULPIT is written by Elspeth Barker, an award-winning novelist, essayist and journalist.

PETER MANDLER teaches modern cultural history at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge. He is writing a book entitled Return from the Natives: How Margaret Mead Won the Second World War and Lost the Cold War.

MICHAEL HULSE’s latest publications are a book of poems, The Secret History (Arc), and a translation of Rilke’s The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge (Penguin Classics), both 2009.

HUGH BICHENO is an ex-intelligence officer, kidnap and ransom negotiator, and author of books on conflict that explain both sides of the hill.

SIMON BLACKBURN is the Bertrand Russell Professor of Philosophy at the University of Cambridge, and a Fellow of Trinity College. His recent books include Plato’s Republic and The Big Questions of Philosophy.

IAIN MCGILCHRIST is a former Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford, and Consultant Psychiatrist at the Maudsley Hospital. His book The Master and his Emissary: The Divided Brain and the Making of the Western World came out in paperback in August.

LEANDA DE LISLE’s latest book is The Sisters Who Would be Queen: The Tragedy of Mary, Katherine & Lady Jane Grey (HarperPress).

JEREMY LEWIS’s latest book is Shades of Greene: One Generation of an English Family (Jonathan Cape).

BLAIR WORDEN i s Research Professor of History at Royal Holloway College, London. His The English Civil Wars: 1640–1660 was published by Weidenfeld last year.

PULPIT

HISTORY

BIOGRAPHY

FOREIGN PARTS

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ELSPETH BARKER

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PETER MARSHALL The Last White Rose: Dynasty, Rebellion and Treason – The Secret Wars against the Tudors Desmond Seward SAUL DAVID A World on Fire: An Epic History of Two Nations Divided Amanda Foreman NIGEL JONES Six Weeks: The Short and Gallant Life of the British Officer in the First World War John Lewis-Stempel Some Desperate Glory Edwin Campion Vaughan Forgotten Voices of the Victoria Cross Roderick Bailey Engines of War Christian Wolmar ALEX DANCHEV The Triumph of the Dark: European International History 1933–1939 Zara Steiner LEANDA DE LISLE Catherine of Aragon: Henry’s Spanish Queen Giles Tremlett A Royal Passion: The Turbulent Marriage of Charles I and Henrietta Maria Katie Whitaker TIM BLANNING The German Genius: Europe’s Third Renaissance, the Second Scientific Revolution, and the Twentieth Century Peter Watson BLAIR WORDEN John Aubrey and the Advancement of Learning William Poole The Life of Anthony Wood in His Own Words (Ed) Nicolas K Kiessling A Dodo at Oxford Philip Atkins and Michael Johnson

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DONALD RAYFIELD Tolstoy: A Russian Life Rosamund Bartlett PETER MANDLER Claude Lévi-Straus: The Poet in the Laboratory Patrick Wilcken D J TAYLOR A Book of Secrets: Illegitimate Daughters, Absent Fathers Michael Holroyd GEORGE GÖMÖRI Boris Pasternak: Family Correspondence, 1921–1960 DAVID GILMOUR Patrick Shaw Stewart: An Edwardian Meteor Miles Jebb DANIEL MATLIN Joe Louis: Hard Times Man Randy Roberts JAMES PURDON Sean Connery: The Measure of a Man Christopher Bray VIRGINIA IRONSIDE Vidal: The Autobiography Vidal Sassoon

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GILES MILTON Levant: Splendour and Catastrophe on the Mediterranean Philip Mansel JONATHAN MIRSKY History of Imperial China (6 vols) (Ed) Timothy Brook JUSTIN MAROZZI Late for Tea at the Deer Palace: Four Generations of My Family in Iraq Tamara Chalabi When God Made Hell: The British Invasion of Mesopotamia and the Creation of Iraq, 1914–1921 Charles Townshend D D GUTTENPLAN A Renegade History of the United States Thaddeus Russell

LITERARY REVIEW November 2010

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

SARA WHEELER, PHILIP WOMACK Advertising Manager: TERRY FINNEGAN Classified Advertising: DAVID STURGE

Founding Editor: DR ANNE SMITH Founding Father: AUBERON WAUGH

Cover illustration by Chris Riddell

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