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p u l p i t 1 Frances Wilson h i st or y 5 Felipe Fernández-Armesto

The Ark Before Noah: Decoding the Story of the Flood Irving Finkel 6 John Adamson

Rebellion: Britain’s First Stuart Kings, 1567–1642 Tim Harris 9 David Gelber

The Field of Cloth of Gold Glenn Richardson 10 James Hall

The Ugly Renaissance Alexander Lee 11 William Anthony Hay

The Men Who Lost America: British Command During the Revolutionary War & the Preservation of the Empire Andrew O’Shaughnessy b i o g r a p hy & l e t t e r s 12 Charles Allen

Farzana: The Tempestuous Life and Times of Begum Sumru Julia Keay 13 Leslie Mitchell

One Hundred Letters from Hugh Trevor-Roper (edd) Richard Davenport-Hines & Adam Sisman 14 Anne Sebba

Those Wild Wyndhams: Three Sisters at the Heart of Power Claudia Renton r i c h p i c k i n g s 16 Martin Vander Weyer

The Firm: The Inside Story of McKinsey Duff McDonald 17 Michael Burleigh

Gold: The Race for the World ’s Most Seductive Metal Matthew Hart l i t e r a r y l o thar i o s 18 Ian Sansom

William S Burroughs: A Life Barry Miles • Taking Shots: The Photography of William S Burroughs Patricia Allmer & John Sears 19 Richard Canning

The Animals: Love Letters Between Christopher Isherwood and Don Bachardy (ed) Katherine Bucknell • The Man Who Was Norris: The Life of Gerald Hamilton Tom Cullen