contents february 2018 • issue 461

Editor Nancy Sladek Deputy Editor Tom Fleming Assistant Editors Frank Brinkley • David Gelber Editorial Assistant Paloma van Tol Contributing Editors Jonathan Beckman Michael Burleigh • Sara Wheeler • Philip Womack Advertising Manager Terry Finnegan Classified Advertising David Sturge Marketing Manager Katherine Bogden Bayard Founding Editor Dr Anne Smith Cover Illustration Chris Riddell

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diary 5 Tom Holland history 6 Margot Light

Armageddon and Paranoia: The Nuclear Confrontation Rodric Braithwaite 8 Piers Brendon

Enemies Within: Communists, the Cambridge Spies & the Making of Modern Britain Richard Davenport-Hines 10 Andrew Roberts

Lansdowne: The Last Great Whig Simon Kerry 11 Felipe Fernández-Armesto

Fishing: How the Sea Fed Civilization Brian Fagan 13 Donald Sassoon

Beneath Another Sky Norman Davies biography 14 John Gribbin

The Last Man Who Knew Everything: The Life & Times of Enrico Fermi, Father of the Nuclear Age David N Schwartz 15 Henrietta Garnett

The Uncommon Reader: A Life of Edward Garnett Helen Smith 16 Lucy Lethbridge

Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder Caroline Fraser 18 Duncan Wu

Making the Monster: The Science Behind Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein Kathryn Harkup • In Search of Mary Shelley: The Girl Who Wrote Frankenstein Fiona Sampson wild worlds 19 Alan Taylor

The Debatable Land Graham Robb 20 Kevin Jackson

Magical Folk: British & Irish Fairies – 500 AD to the Present Simon Young & Ceri Houlbrook 22 Nigel Andrew

Owl Sense Miriam Darlington footprints 23 Miranda France on L P Hartley and Norfolk