contents october 2016 • issue 447 Editor Nancy Sladek Deputy Editor Tom Fleming Editor-at-Large Jeremy Lewis Assistant Editors Frank Brinkley • David Gelber Editorial Assistant Francesca Carington Contributing Editors Jonathan Beckman Michael Burleigh • Sara Wheeler • Philip Womack Advertising Manager Terry Finnegan Classified Advertising David Sturge Marketing Manager Katherine Bogden Bayard Founding Father Auberon Waugh Founding Editor Dr Anne Smith Cover Illustration Chris Riddell

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pulpit 1 Dominic Green biography & letters 6 Mary Kenny

Fascist in the Family: The Tragedy of John Beckett MP Francis Beckett • Searching for Lord Haw-Haw: The Political Lives of William Joyce Colin Holmes 8 Kevin Jackson

Kenneth Clark: Life, Art & ‘Civilisation’ James Stourton 9 Andrew Crumey

Einstein’s Greatest Mistake: A Biography David Bodanis 11 Harry Mount

Dashing for the Post: The Letters of Patrick Leigh Fermor Adam Sisman (ed)

russia 12 Douglas Smith

Lenin on the Train Catherine Merridale • Caught in the Revolution: Petrograd 1917 Helen Rappaport 14 Donald Rayfield

Stalin and the Scientists: A History of Triumph & Tragedy 1905–1953 Simon Ings 15 Michael Prodger

The Empress of Art: Catherine the Great & the Transformation of Russia Susan Jaques • The Russian Canvas: Painting in Imperial Russia, 1757–1881 Rosalind P Blakesley 18 Rupert Christiansen

Bolshoi Confidential: Secrets of the Russian Ballet from the Rule of the Tsars to Today Simon Morrison history 20 Anne Somerset

Game of Queens: The Women Who Made Sixteenth-Century Europe Sarah Gristwood 21 Philip Parker

Beyond the Northlands: Viking Voyages & the Old Norse Sagas Eleanor Rosamund Barraclough 22 Adrian Tinniswood

Royal Renegades: The Children of Charles I & the English Civil Wars Linda Porter 24 Ian McBride

The Irish Enlightenment Michael Brown 25 Andrew Roberts on four books about Winston Churchill