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diary James Campbell high office Avi Shilon

Golda Meir: Israel ’s Matriarch Deborah E Lipstadt Richard Vinen

Mirrors of Greatness: Churchill and the Leaders Who Shaped Him David Reynolds Tim Bale

The Abuse of Power: Conf ronting Injustice in Public Life Theresa May literary lives D J Taylor

Ian Fleming: The Complete Man Nicholas Shakespeare David Wheatley

The Letters of Seamus Heaney Christopher Reid (ed) Sara Lodge

Decadent Women: Yellow Book Lives Jad Adams Eileen M Hunt

Wifedom: Mrs Orwell ’s Invisible Life Anna Funder • Julia Sandra Newman history Seamus Perr y

Volcanic: Vesuvius in the Age of Revolutions John Brewer Darrin M McMahon

Visions of Inequality: From the French Revolution to the End of the Cold War Branko Milanovic Paul Cartledge

The Scythian Empire: Central Eurasia and the Birth of the Classical Age f rom Persia to China Christopher I Beckwith John Man

The Secret History of the Mongols Christopher P Atwood (ed) Saul David

One Fine Day: 29 September 1923 – Britain’s Empire on the Brink Matthew Parker