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contents october 2019 • issue 480

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

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diary 1 Theodore Dalrymple movers & shakers 6 Piers Brendon

The Mountbattens Andrew Lownie 7 V audine England

Big Sister, Little Sister, Red Sister: Three Women at the Heart of Twentieth-Century China Jung Chang 9 Ric hard Davenport-Hines

The Glossy Years Nicholas Coleridge history 10 Francis Wheen

Who Dares Wins: Britain, 1979–1982 Dominic Sandbrook 11 Malise R uthven

Islamic Empires: Fifteen Cities that Define a Civilization Justin Marozzi 13 Anne Cur ry

Shadow King: The Life & Death of Henry VI Lauren Johnson 14 Mic hael Goldfarb

Genius & Anxiety: How Jews Changed the World, 1847–1947 Norman Lebrecht 15 David Cr ane

Crucible: The Long End of the Great War & the Birth of a New World, 1917–1924 Charles Emmerson number 10 16 Richard Vinen

For the Record David Cameron 18 Jo hn McTernan

The Prime Ministers Steve Richards 19 Andr ew Roberts on four new books about Churchill literary lives 22 Seamus Perry

Inventing Edward Lear Sara Lodge 23 S arah Ditum

Becoming Beauvoir: A Life Kate Kirkpatrick 25 Alan Judd

P atrick O’Brian: A Very Private Life Nikolai Tolstoy 26 Jad Adams

T astes of Honey: The Making of Shelagh Delaney & a Cultural Revolution Selina Todd

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