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contents may 2021 • issue 496

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 Peter Singer art 6 Dmitri Levitin

Visions of Heaven: Dante & the Art of Divine Light Martin Kemp 8 Tanya Harrod

Barbara Hepworth: Art & Life Eleanor Clayton 10 Dominic Green

John Craxton: A Life of Gifts Ian Collins 12 Laura Freeman

The Art Museum in Modern Times Charles Saumarez Smith death & taxes 13 Jonathan Sumption

Doom: The Politics of Catastrophe Niall Ferguson 14 Frances Cairncross

Rebellion, Rascals, and Revenue: Tax Follies & Wisdom through the Ages Michael Keen & Joel Slemrod • The Dreadful Monster and Its Poor Relations: Taxing, Spending & the United Kingdom, 1707–2021 Julian Hoppit biography 16 Caroline Moorehead

Napoleon: A Life in Gardens & Shadows Ruth Scurr 17 Bijan Omrani

Alexandria: The Quest for the Lost City Edmund Richardson 19 Miranda Seymour

The Duchess Countess: The Woman Who Scandalised a Nation Catherine Ostler 20 Adrian Tinniswood

Inheritance: The Lost History of Mary Davies Leo Hollis 21 Barnaby Crowcroft

Places of Mind: A Life of Edward Said Timothy Brennan history 23 Andrew Gailey

The Partition: Ireland Divided, 1885–1925 Charles Townshend 26 George Prochnik

German Jerusalem: The Remarkable Life of a German-Jewish Neighbourhood in the Holy City Thomas Sparr 28 Philip Parker

The Anglo-Saxons: A History of the Beginnings of England Marc Morris

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