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Editor Nancy Sladek Deputy Editor Tom Fleming Editor-at-Large Jeremy Lewis Senior Editor Jonathan Beckman Chief Editorial Assistant Frank Brinkley Editorial Assistant David Gelber Contributing Editors Michael Burleigh Sara Wheeler • Philip Womack Advertising Manager Terry Finnegan Classified Advertising David Sturge Marketing Assistant Katherine Bogden Bayard Founding Father Auberon Waugh Cover Illustration Chris Riddell

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pulpit 1 Frances Wilson biography 5 Frank Dikötter

Deng Xiaoping: A Revolutionary Life Alexander V Pantsov & Steven I Levine 7 Richard Overy

Goebbels: A Biography Peter Longerich 8 Jonathan Keates

The Audacious Crimes of Colonel Blood: The Spy Who Stole the Crown Jewels & Became the King’s Secret Agent Robert Hutchinson 10 Freya Johnston

The Fortunes of Francis Barber: The True Story of the Jamaican Slave Who Became Samuel Johnson’s Heir Michael Bundock 11 Claire Preston

The Adventures of Sir Thomas Browne in the 21st Century Hugh Aldersey-Williams literary lives 13 John Gray

The Conqueror Worm: Llewelyn Powys – A Consumptive’s Diary, 1910 (ed) Peter J Foss 14 Jeremy Noel-Tod

The Complete Works of W H Auden: Prose – Volume V, 1963– 1968 & Volume VI, 1969–1973 (ed) Edward Mendelson 16 Seamus Perry

Those Who Write for Immortality: Romantic Reputations & the Dream of Lasting Fame H J Jackson 18 Mark Bostridge

The Brontë Cabinet: Three Lives in Nine Objects Deborah Lutz 19 Lesley Levene

Between You & Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen Mary Norris history 20 Piers Brendon

Closet Queens: Some 20th Century British Politicians Michael Bloch 22 Robert Service

Towards the Flame: Empire, War & the End of Tsarist Russia Dominic Lieven 23 Gavin Jacobson

The World of the Salons: Sociability & Worldliness in Eighteenth-Century Paris Antoine Lilti