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contents november 2021 • issue 502

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 Allan Massie literary lives 6 Oliver Ready

The Sinner and the Saint: Dostoevsky, a Crime & Its Punishment Kevin Birmingham 8 Robert Douglas-Fairhurst

The Young H G Wells: Changing the World Claire Tomalin 9 Donald Rayfield

Disenchanted Wanderer: The Apocalyptic Vision of Konstantin Leontiev Glenn Cronin art 11 Charles Darwent

Magritte: A Life Alex Danchev, with Sarah Whitfield 13 Norma Clarke

Sybil & Cyril: Cutting Through Time Jenny Uglow 14 Rosalind P Blakesley

Morozov: The Story of a Family & a Lost Collection Natalya Semenova in europe 16 Anthony Pagden

Conquering Peace: From the Enlightenment to the European Union Stella Ghervas 18 Roderick Bailey

Mud Sweeter than Honey: Voices of a Communist Albania Margo Rejmer • Free: Coming of Age at the End of History Lea Ypi 19 Piers Brendon

The Dream of Europe: Travels in the Twenty-First Century Geert Mak 21 Thomas Kielinger

The Chancellor: The Remarkable Odyssey of Angela Merkel Kati Marton 23 Sara Wheeler

Athens: City of Wisdom Bruce Clark biography & memoir 25 Daniel Rey

Benedict XVI: A Life – Volume Two Peter Seewald 26 Bijan Omrani

Afghan Napoleon: The Life of Ahmad Shah Massoud Sandy Gall 27 Tom Whyman

I Live a Life Like Yours Jan Grue

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