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contents august 2021 • issue 499

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 Frances Wilson art 6 Charles Darwent

The Gallery of Miracles and Madness: Insanity, Art & Hitler’s First Mass-Murder Programme Charlie English 8 Norma Clarke

This Dark Country: Women Artists, Still Life & Intimacy in the Early Twentieth Century Rebecca Birrell 9 Georgina Adam

Lost Art: The Art Loss Register Casebook Anja Shortland 10 Adrian Tinniswood

The World According to Colour: A Cultural History James Fox history 12 Anna Keay

The Making of Oliver Cromwell Ronald Hutton 14 Bijan Omrani

History of the Caucasus: Volume One – At the Crossroads of Empires Christoph Baumer 15 Mathew Lyons

Antwerp: The Glory Years Michael Pye 17 Mary Kenny

The Irish Assassins: Conspiracy, Revenge, & the Murders That Stunned an Empire Julie Kavanagh 18 Luke Daly-Groves

Checkmate in Berlin: The Cold War Showdown That Shaped the Modern World Giles Milton 19 Richard Vinen

War in the Mountains: Peasant Society & Counterinsurgency in Algeria, 1918–1958 Neil MacMaster grand designs 20 Peter Davidson

Raised from the Ruins: Monastic Houses after the Dissolution Jane Whitaker 22 Jane Ridley

Hidden Heritage: Rediscovering Britain’s Lost Love of the Orient Fatima Manji literary lives 23 Alberto Manguel

Pessoa: An Experimental Life Richard Zenith 25 Sarah Dunant

The Bookseller of Florence: Vespasiano da Bisticci & the Manuscripts That Illuminated the Renaissance Ross King

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