november 2022 s issue 513

Editor Nancy Sladek

Deputy Editor Tom Fleming

Assistant Editor David Gelber

Contributing Editors Jonathan Beckman

Michael Burleigh s Sara Wheeler s Philip Womack

Editorial & Marketing Assistant Michael Delgado

Marketing Manager Constance Watson

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Classified Advertising David Sturge

Founding Editor Dr Anne Smith

Cover Illustration Chris Riddell

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  • James Campbell

art & architecture

Adrian Tinniswood

The Artist’s Studio: A Cultural History James Hall

Jerry White

London: The Great Transformation 1860–1920 Philip Davies

  • Gillian Tindall

Heritage: A History of How We Conserve Our Past James Stourton

the state we’re in

  • Carl Miller The Chaos Machine: The Inside Story of How Social Media Rewired Our Minds and Our World Max Fisher
  • David Anderson Emergency State: How We Lost Our Freedoms in the Pandemic and Why it Matters Adam Wagner
  • Simon Briscoe

Bad Data: How Governments, Politicians and the Rest of Us Get Misled by Numbers Georgina Sturge

ancient rome

Antony Spawforth

Crassus: The First Tycoon Peter Stothard

  • Bijan Omrani

The Mad Emperor: Heliogabalus and the Decadence of Rome Harry Sidebottom

heaven & earth

  • Costica Bradatan Christendom: The Triumph of a Religion Peter Heather
  • Nigel Andrew Country Church Monuments C B Newham

20 Daniel Rey

The Word: On the Translation of the Bible John Barton


  • Florence Hazrat On the evolution of the exclamation mark

literary lives

24 Tim Smith-Laing The Posthumous Papers of the Manuscripts Club Christopher de Hamel

  • Miranda Seymour Between Friends: The Letters of Vera Brittain & Winifred Holtby Elaine and English Showalter (edd)