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contents february 2020 • issue 483

Editor Nancy Sladek Deputy Editor Tom Fleming Assistant Editors Frank Brinkley • David Gelber Contributing Editors Jonathan Beckman Michael Burleigh • Sara Wheeler • Philip Womack Editorial & Marketing Assistant Michael Delgado Marketing Manager 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 Philip Hensher money 6 Ian Fraser

Sabotage: The Business of Finance Anastasia Nesvetailova & Ronen Palan 8 Mar tin Vander Weyer

More: The 10,000-Year Rise of the World Economy Philip Coggan 9 Ho ward Davies

The Economists’ Hour: How the False Prophets of Free Markets Fractured Our Society Binyamin Appelbaum literary lives 10 Richard Davenport-Hines

The Dolphin Letters, 1970–1979: Elizabeth Hardwick, Robert Lowell & Their Circle Saskia Hamilton (ed) 12 S ophie Duncan

Why Women Read Fiction: The Stories of Our Lives Helen Taylor 13 Ja y Parini

Parisian Lives: Samuel Beckett, Simone de Beauvoir, & Me – a Memoir Deirdre Bair history 14 Jerry White

We Fight Fascists: The 43 Group & Their Forgotten Battle for Post-war Britain Daniel Sonabend 16 Dmit ri Levitin

Unbelievers: An Emotional History of Doubt Alec Ryrie 18 N orma Clarke

The Imposteress Rabbit Breeder: Mary Toft & EighteenthCentury England Karen Harvey 19 Adr ian Tinniswood

Providence Lost: The Rise & Fall of Cromwell’s Protectorate Paul Lay 20 Ric hard Vinen

Conservative Revolutionary: The Lives of Lewis Namier D W Hayton • Sir John Plumb: The Hidden Life of a Great Historian Neil McKendrick

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