David Abulafia is the author of The Boundless Sea: A Human History of the Oceans (Allen Lane), which has won the Wolfson History Prize 2020. Nigel Andrew is the author of The Mother of Beauty: On the Golden Age of Church Monuments & Other Matters of Life & Death. Abhimanyu Arni is a writer and historian of British imperialism in India. He is currently working towards a DPhil at Oxford. John Banville’s new novel, Snow, will be published in October. Stephen Bates played cricket for the BBC and every newspaper he worked for, including the Daily Telegraph, Daily Mail and The Guardian, sometimes even during his employer’s time. Fran Bigman writes most often about books, art and reproductive politics. Thomas Blaikie is manners and etiquette correspondent at The Lady magazine. Tim Blanning’s most recent book is George I in the Penguin Monarchs series. Michael Burleigh is Engelsberg Chair of History and Global Affairs at LSE IDEAS. He has recently finished a major history of assassinations from Caesar to Khashoggi. Helen Bynum writes about people, plants, health and disease from deep in the Suffolk countryside. Richard Canning is co-editor of the newly published Brigid Brophy: Avant Garde Writer, Critic, Activist (Edinburgh University Press). Paul Cartledge’s Thebes: Forgotten City of Ancient Greece has recently been published. Felicity Cloake is a writer specialising in food and drink and the author of six cookbooks. Natasha Cooper, who also writes as N J Cooper, is a crime writer and critic. Rory Cormac is Professor of International Relations at the University of Nottingham. His most recent book is Disrupt and Deny (OUP). Ian Critchley is a freelance writer. James Delbourgo is James Westfall Thompson Distinguished Professor of History at Rutgers University and is writing a history of collectors for W W Norton.
Sarah Ditum is a critic and columnist based in Bath. Kate Dossett is Associate Professor of History at the University of Leeds. She is the author of Bridging Race Divides: Black Nationalism, Feminism, & Integration in the United States, 1896-1935. Charles Elliott is a retired book editor. Patricia Fara is Emeritus Fellow of Clare College, Cambridge. Her latest book is A Lab of One’s Own (OUP). Suzi Feay is TV critic for FT Weekend and teaches journalism to creative-writing students at Brunel. Henry Gee is a senior editor of Nature. His next book, A (Very) Short History of Life on Earth, will be published in 2022 (Picador). Jay Gilbert teaches medieval English at the University of Oxford and is a freelance writer. David Goodhart works for the think tank Policy Exchange. His new book, Head, Hand, Heart, will be published by Penguin in September. Emma Griffin is Professor of Modern British History at UEA. Her most recent book is Bread Winner: An Intimate History of the Victorian Economy. John Guy is the author of Thomas Becket: Warrior, Priest, Rebel, Victim. His most recent book is Gresham’s Law: The Life & World of Queen Elizabeth I’s Banker. Simon Hall’s Ten Days in Harlem: Fidel Castro & the Making of the 1960s will be published in September (Faber). Roger Highfield is science director of the Science Museum. His latest book, with Magda Zernicka-Goetz, is The Dance of Life: Symmetry, Cells & How We Become Human. Joanna Kavenna’s latest novel is called Zed. Ben Masters is the author of Noughties and Novel Style. He teaches English literature at the University of Nottingham. Jonathan Meades’s Isle of Rust, a collaboration with the photographer Alex Boyd, is published by Luath Press. His next book, Pedro and Ricky Come Again, is due to appear in March 2021. Sean O’Brien’s tenth collection of poems, It Says Here, will be published in September. He is Professor of Creative Writing at Newcastle University. Susan Owens’s latest book, Spirit of Place: Artists, Writers & the British Landscape, will be published in August by Thames & Hudson.
Philip Parker is author of The Northmen’s Fury, The Empire Stops Here and History of Britain in Maps. Lucy Popescu is the editor of the refugee anthologies A Country of Refuge and A Country to Call Home. Kevin Power’s new novel, White City, will be published in 2021 (Scribner). Donald Rayfield is the translator of four novellas by Nikolai Leskov in a series of six works by Leskov to be published by NYRB this autumn. Jonathan Rée’s books include Witcraft: The Invention of Philosophy in English (2019) and A Schoolmaster’s War (2020). Richard V Reeves is a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and author of John Stuart Mill: Victorian Firebrand. James Riding is a freelance writer. Jane Ridley is working on a biography of King George V and Queen Mary. Lawrence Rosen is a professor emeritus at Princeton and Columbia and a senior fellow at Harvard Law School. Sam Sheldon currently lives in London. Joan Smith’s Home Grown, which is now out in paperback, has been shortlisted for the Airey Neave Memorial Book Prize 2019/20. Michael Tanner is a philosopher at Cambridge and a Wagnerian music critic. Alan Taylor’s The Assassin’s Cloak: An Anthology of the World’s Greatest Diarists, which first appeared in 2000, will be republished later this year (Canongate). Richard Vinen teaches history at King’s College London. Jeremy Warner is a columnist on and associate editor of The Daily Telegraph. Melanie White is editor of Shooter Literary Magazine. Will Wiles’s third novel, Plume, is out now in paperback. Seán Williams is Senior Lecturer in German and European Cultural History at the University of Sheffield. Philip Womack’s The Arrow of Apollo is out now.
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