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contents april 2021 • issue 495

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 Paul Theroux history 5 Munro Price

To Kidnap A Pope: Napoleon & Pius VII Ambrogio A Caiani 6 H Kumarasingham

The Gun, the Ship and the Pen: Warfare, Constitutions & the Making of the Modern World Linda Colley 8 Linda Porter

The Red Prince: The Life of John of Gaunt, the Duke of Lancaster Helen Carr 9 Timothy Brook

The Horde: How the Mongols Changed the World Marie Favereau 10 Richard Overy

Stalin’s War Sean McMeekin movers & shakers 12 Howard Davies

Value(s): Building a Better World for All Mark Carney 13 Steve Richards

The Impossible Office? The History of the British Prime Minister Anthony Seldon, with Jonathan Meakin & Illias Thoms 14 Ian Fraser

When the Fund Stops: The Untold Story behind the Downfall of Neil Woodford, Britain’s Most Successful Fund Manager David Ricketts • Built on a Lie: The Rise & Fall of Neil Woodford & the Fate of Middle England’s Money Owen Walker 16 Robert Colls

Snakes & Ladders: The Great British Social Mobility Myth Selina Todd music 18 Mathew Lyons

The Musical Human: A History of Life on Earth Michael Spitzer • The Life of Music: New Adventures in the Western Classical Tradition Nicholas Kenyon 20 Jonathan Keates

Lev’s Violin: An Italian Adventure Helena Attlee

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