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contents september 2021 • issue 500

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 John Banville literary lives 6 Claudia FitzHerbert

The Turning Point: A Year That Changed Dickens & the World Robert Douglas-Fairhurst 7 Allan Massie

The Sins of G K Chesterton Richard Ingrams 9 Susan Elizabeth Sweeney

The Reason for the Darkness of the Night: Edgar Allan Poe & the Forging of American Science John Tresch 10 Andrew Hussey

Louis-Ferdinand Céline: Journeys to the Extreme Damian Catani corridors of power 12 Michael White

The Prime Ministers We Never Had: Success & Failure from Butler to Corbyn Steve Richards 13 Robin Oakley

Lobby Life: Inside Westminster’s Secret Society Carole Walker 15 Alan Taylor

Break-Up: How Alex Salmond & Nicola Sturgeon Went to War David Clegg & Kieran Andrews biography 16 Sarah Watling

The Radical Potter: Josiah Wedgwood & the Transformation of Britain Tristram Hunt 18 Norma Clarke

All In: An Autobiography Billie Jean King 19 Gavin Plumley

Mozart in Motion: His Work & His World in Pieces Patrick Mackie who do you think you are? 20 Richard V Reeves

Generations: Does When You’re Born Shape Who You Are? Bobby Duffy 21 Darrin M McMahon

The Status Game: On Social Position & How We Use It Will Storr

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