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THIS MONTH’S PULPIT is written by Kathryn Hughes, who runs the MA in Life Writing at the University of East Anglia. Her most recent book was The Short Life and Long Times of Mrs Beeton (Fourth Estate), which is available in paperback.

ALAN RYAN is Warden of New College, Oxford and the biographer of John Stuart Mill, Bertrand Russell, and John Dewey.

ANDREW ROBERTS’s most recent book, Masters and Commanders, is published by Allen Lane.

URSULA K LE GUIN’s latest novel, Lavinia, is published this month in the UK by Orion.

FRANCIS WHEEN’s book about the Seventies, Strange Days Indeed, will be published by Fourth Estate in September.

OLEG GORDIEVSKY spent eleven years as a British secret agent inside the KGB. He was exposed in 1985 and placed under house arrest in Moscow, facing an imminent death sentence. However, with the assistance of British Intelligence, he escaped and was brought to London. He survives, somewhere in England, to tell the tale, and has written four books, three of them in partnership with Christopher Andrew.

PIERS BRENDON’s The Decline and Fall of the British Empire, 1781–1997 is published in paperback by Vintage.

JOHN GUY’s most recent book is A Daughter’s Love: Thomas and Margaret More (Fourth Estate). Unable to resist the martyred victims of tyrants and overmighty kings, he is now writing a new biography of Thomas Becket for Viking.

BRENDA MADDOX’s books include The Half-Parent: Living with Other People’s Children.

PULPIT

HISTORY

BIOGRAPHY

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PIERS BRENDON The Morbid Age: Britain Between the Wars Richard Overy FRANCIS WHEEN When the Lights Went Out: Britain in the Seventies Andy Beckett OLEG GORDIEVSKY The Rise and Fall of Communism Archie Brown ANDREW ROBERTS Voodoo Histories: The Role of the Conspiracy Theory in Shaping Modern History David Aaronovitch JONATHAN SUMPTION Summer of Blood: The Peasants’ Revolt of 1381 Dan Jones JOHN GUY Fires of Faith: Catholic England under Mary Tudor Eamon Duffy Mary Tudor: England’s First Queen Anna Whitelock FELIPE FERNANDEZ-ARMESTO Spain, Europe and the Wider World, 1500–1800 J H Elliott NIKOLAI TOLSTOY Lost Londons: Change, Crime and Control in the Capital City, 1550–1660 Paul Griffiths

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ALAN RYAN The Frock-Coated Communist: The Revolutionary Life of Friedrich Engels Tristram Hunt DIANA ATHILL The Blue Hour: A Portrait of Jean Rhys Lilian Pizzichini JONATHAN KEATES Venus of Empire: The Life of Pauline Bonaparte Flora Fraser HUGO VICKERS Chaplin’s Girl: The Life and Loves of Virginia Cherrill Miranda Seymour BRENDA MADDOX The Lost Child: A True Story Julie Myerson

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MICHAEL BURLEIGH Reflections on the Revolution in Europe: Islam, Immigration and the West Christopher Caldwell JOHN CORNWELL Reason, Faith, and Revolution: Reflections on the God Debate Terry Eagleton

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PETER WASHINGTON Knossos and the Prophets of Modernism Cathy Gere ELSPETH BARKER A Jury of Her Peers: American Women Writers from Anne Bradstreet to Annie Proulx Elaine Showalter PETER MCDONALD The Verse Revolutionaries: Ezra Pound, H D and the Imagists Helen Carr ALAN BROWNJOHN The Movement Reconsidered: Essays on Larkin, Amis, Gunn, Davie and Their Contemporaries (ed) Zachary Leader RICHARD GRAY Faulkner and Love: The Women Who Shaped His Art Judith L Sensibar

Editor: NANCY SLADEK Deputy Editor: TOM FLEMING Editor-at-Large: JEREMY LEWIS Assistant Editor: JONATHAN BECKMAN

Contributing Editors: SEBASTIAN SHAKESPEARE, PHILIP WOMACK

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Founding Editor: DR ANNE SMITH Founding Father: AUBERON WAUGH

Cover illustration by Chris Riddell

Issue no. 365

LITERARY REVIEW May 2009

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