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THIS MONTH’S PULPITis written by Kathryn Hughes, Professor of Life Writing at the University of East Anglia. Her books include George Eliot: The Last Victorian, and most recently, The Short Life and Long Times of Mrs Beeton, both published by 4th Estate.

ALANRYANis Warden of New College, Oxford, and has taught philosophy for over forty years.

JONATHANSUMPTIONis the author of a history of the Hundred Years War, and a practising QC.

DAVIDKYNASTON’s Austerity Britain: 1945–51is published by Bloomsbury.

JOHNGRIBBINis a Visiting Fellow in astronomy at the University of Sussex and author of Science: A History(Penguin).

ALLISTERHEATHis Editor of The Business and Associate Editor of The Spectator.

ELISABETHLUARD, in addition to scooping the much coveted Glenfiddich Trophy, was named Best Cookery Writer for her recipes in The Oldie.

MARTYNBEDFORD’s latest novel, The Island of Lost Souls, is published in paperback this month by Bloomsbury.

DAMIANTHOMPSONis Editor-inChief of The Catholic Herald.

DAVIDCESARANI is research professor in history at Royal Holloway, University of London. His most recent book is Eichman: His Life and Crimes.

DAVIDELLISis emeritus professor of English Literature at the University of Kent at Canterbury and has published books on Shakespeare, Wordsworth, D H Lawrence, and the art of biography.

PULPIT

HISTORY

BIOGRAPHY

KINGDOM OF HEAVEN

LITERARY LIVES

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GERARDBAKER The Reagan Diaries (Ed) Douglas Brinkley DAVIDCESARANI The Himmler Brothers: A German Family History Katrin Himmler DAVIDKYNASTON Call the Midwife: A True Story of the East End in the 1950s Jennifer Worth Family and Kinship in East London Michael Young and Peter Willmott JONATHANMIRSKY The Fourth of July and the Founding of America Peter de Bolla PETERJONES The Day of the Barbarians: The First Battle in the Fall of the Roman Empire Alessandro Barbero

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JONATHANSUMPTION The Fears of Henry IV: The Life of England’s Self-Made King Ian Mortimer JULIAKEAY Femme Fatale: A Biography of Mata Hari Pat Shipman RALEIGHTREVELYAN The Rash Adventurer: A Life of John Pendlebury Imogen Grundon BRENDAMADDOX Max Perutz and the Secret of Life Georgina Ferry CHRISTOPHERCOKER George Kennan: A Study of Character John Lukacs SIMONHEFFER Robert Schumann: Life and Death of a Musician John Worthen HUGHMASSINGBERD Otherwise Engaged: The Life of Alan Bates Donald Spoto DAVIDELLIS Biography: A Brief History Nigel Hamilton

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EDWARDNORMAN The Bible: A Biography Karen Armstrong DAMIANTHOMPSON God is Not Great: The Case Against Religion Christopher Hitchens

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RICHARDGRAY James Fenimore Cooper: The Early Years Wayne Franklin FRANCES WILSON Death and the Maidens: Fanny Wollstonecraft and the Shelley Circle Janet Todd Being Shelley: The Poet’s Search for Himself Anne Wroe CHARLESELLIOTT The Way it Wasn’t: From the Files of James Laughlin (Ed) Barbara Epler and Daniel Javitch Counterpoint: 25 Years of The New Criterion on Culture and the Arts (Ed) Roger Kimball and Hilton Kramer JESSICAMANN Paper Houses: A Memoir of the 70s and Beyond Michèèle Roberts EVELYNTOYNTON Hazlitt in Love: A Fatal Attachment Jon Cook

LITERARY REVIEW July 2007

Editor: NANCYSLADEK Deputy Editor: TOMFLEMING Editor-at-Large: JEREMYLEWIS Assistant Editor: PHILIPWOMACK General Assistant: CASSIEBROWNE

Contributing Editors: ALANRAFFERTY, SEBASTIANSHAKESPEARE Advertising Manager: TERRYFINNEGAN Classified Advertising: DAVIDSTURGE Founding Editor: DRANNESMITH Founding Father: AUBERONWAUGH Cover illustration by Chris Riddell Issue no. 345

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