march 2023 • issue 516

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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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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  •  Richard Smyth


  •  Lucy Moore

Courting India: England, Mughal India and the Origins of Empire Nandini Das

 Robert Bickers

Chinese Dreams in Romantic England: e Life and Times of omas Manning Edward Weech

 Peter Davidson

A Grand Tour Journal 1820-1822: e Awakening of the Man Edward Georey Stanley

man & earth

 Felipe Fernández-Armesto

  • e Earth Transformed: An Untold History Peter Frankopan

 Oliver Balch

Urban Jungle: Wilding the City Ben Wilson


 Julian Baggini

Humanly Possible: Seven Hundred Years of Humanist Freethinking, Enquiry and Hope Sarah Bakewell

  •  Jonathan Rée A Terribly Serious Adventure: Philosophy at Oxford 1900–60 Nikhil Krishnan

corridors of power

 Angus Reilly

  • G-Man: J Edgar Hoover and the Making of the American Century Beverly Gage

 Malachi O’Doherty Mary Lou McDonald: A Republican Riddle Shane Ross

 Michael White

Politics, Poverty and Belief: A Political Memoir Frank Field

art & photography

 Dominic Green

Surrealists in New York: Atelier 17 and the Birth of Abstract Expressionism Charles Darwent

 Rosamund Bartlett

Aleksandr Rodchenko: Photography in the Time of Stalin Aglaya K Glebova

way of the world

  •  David Laws

Follow the Money: How Much Does Britain Cost? Paul Johnson