october 2022 • issue 512

Editor Nancy Sladek

Deputy Editor Tom Fleming

Assistant Editor David Gelber

Contributing Editors Jonathan Beckman

Michael Burleigh • Sara Wheeler • Philip Womack

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Classified Advertising David Sturge

Founding Editor Dr Anne Smith

Cover Illustration Chris Riddell

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  • Ian Rankin

biography & diaries

Richard Vinen

Henry ‘Chips’ Channon: The Diaries, 1943-57

Simon Heffer (ed)

7 R J B Bosworth

  • Edda Mussolini: The Most Dangerous Woman in Europe Caroline Moorehead

8 Frances Cairncross

  • The Chief: The Life of Lord Northcliffe Andrew Roberts

10 Thomas W Hodgkinson

Madly, Deeply: The Alan Rickman Diaries Alan Taylor (ed)


11 Alexander Watson

  • Iron and Blood: A Military History of the German-Speaking Peoples Since 1500 Peter H Wilson

Mathew Lyons

Tudor England: A History Lucy Wooding

  • Iain Bamforth Scotland: The Global History – 1603 to the Present Murray Pittock

Miranda Seymour

  • After the Romanovs: Russian Exiles in Paris Between the Wars Helen Rappaport

Martin Pugh

  • The Strange Survival of Liberal Britain: Politics and Power Before the First World War Vernon Bogdanor

planet earth

Richard Smyth

The Lost Rainforests of Britain Guy Shrubsole

Nigel Andrew

  • What We Leave Behind: A Birdwatcher’s Dispatches from the Waste Catastrophe Stanisław Lubieński

Will Wiles

  • Lapidarium: The Secret Life of Stones Hettie Judah
  • Helen Bynum

The Golden Mole: and Other Living Treasure Katherine Rundell