may 2018 • issue 464

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 Peter Moore

nuclear age 6 Michael Burleigh

1983: The World at the Brink Taylor Downing 7 Tobie Mathew

Chernobyl: History of a Tragedy Serhii Plokhy

history 10 Ambrogio A Caiani

Napoleon: Volume 2 – The Spirit of the Age, 1805–1810 Michael Broers • Napoleon: Passion, Death & Resurrection, 1815–1840 Philip Dwyer 12 Damian Thompson

The King and the Catholics: The Fight for Rights 1829 Antonia Fraser 13 Jerry White

Trading in War: London’s Maritime World in the Age of Cook & Nelson Margarette Lincoln 14 Keith Lowe

Arnhem: The Battle for the Bridges, 1944 Antony Beevor 15 Richard Overy

Persian Gulf Command: A History of the Second World War in Iran & Iraq Ashley Jackson

art 17 Susan Owens

Still Life Before Still Life David Ekserdjian 18 Laura Freeman

The Lives of the Surrealists Desmond Morris 20 Michael Peppiatt

Modernists & Mavericks: Bacon, Freud, Hockney & the London Painters Martin Gayford

biography & memoir 21 Piers Brendon

Rebel Prince: The Power, Passion & Defiance of Prince Charles Tom Bower 22 Wendy Moore

The Language of Kindness: A Nurse’s Story Christie Watson 23 John Burnside

The Recovering: Intoxication & Its Aftermath Leslie Jamison