september 2022 • issue 511

Editor Nancy Sladek

Deputy Editor Tom Fleming

Assistant Editor 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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  • Alberto Manguel


Anne Perkins

  • Harold Wilson: The Winner Nick Thomas-Symonds
  • Robert Douglas-Fairhurst

An Intimate History of Evolution: The Story of the Huxley Family Alison Bashford

9 Tim Blanning Magnificent Rebels: The First Romantics and the Invention of the Self Andrea Wulf

10 Lucy Lethbridge

Agatha Christie: A Very Elusive Woman Lucy Worsley

british isles

12 Robert Colls

  • Second City: Birmingham and the Forging of Modern Britain Richard Vinen

13 Marc Mulholland

  • On Every Tide: The Making and Remaking of the Irish World Sean Connolly

14 Philip Parker

  • Lost Realms: Histories of Britain from the Romans to the Vikings Thomas Williams

literary life

  • Richard Davenport-Hines Confessions: A Life of Failed Promises A N Wilson

Heather Clark

  • Memoirs Robert Lowell

19 Richard Canning City of the Beast: The London of Aleister Crowley Phil Baker

20 Patricia T O’Conner

Blurb Your Enthusiasm: An A–Z of Literary Persuasion Louise Willder

mind & body

22 Salley Vickers

And Finally: Matters of Life & Death Henry Marsh • Brainspotting: Adventures in Neurology A J Lees

  • Nina Power Of Boys and Men: Why the Modern Male is Struggling, Why It Matters, and What to Do About It Richard V Reeves

24 Daisy Dunn

Exposed: The Greek and Roman Body Caroline Vout