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november 2018 • issue 470

Editor Nancy Sladek Deputy Editor Tom Fleming Assistant Editors Frank Brinkley • David Gelber Contributing Editors Jonathan Beckman Michael Burleigh • Sara Wheeler • Philip Womack General Assistant Benn Sheridan Advertising Manager Terry Finnegan Classified Advertising David Sturge Founding Editor Dr Anne Smith Cover Illustration Chris Riddell

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diary 1 Peter Parker

art & architecture 6 Rosalind P Blakesley

The Collector: The Story of Sergei Shchukin & His Lost Masterpieces Natalya Semenova with André Delocque 7 Tanya Harrod

William Simmonds: The Silent Heart of the Arts & Crafts Movement Jessica Douglas-Home 8 William Whyte

Making Dystopia: The Strange Rise & Survival of Architectural Barbarism James Stevens Curl

foreign parts 10 Christopher Ross

Japan Story: In Search of a Nation, 1850 to the Present Christopher Harding 11 Ed Vulliamy

Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, & the Drug Company That Addicted America Beth Macy • American Overdose: The Opioid Tragedy in Three Acts Chris McGreal 13 Richard Cockett

Singapore, Singapura: From Miracle to Complacency Nicholas Walton 14 Carrie Gibson

Our Woman in Havana: Reporting Castro’s Cuba Sarah Rainsford

writers 16 David Mikics

The Life of Saul Bellow: Love & Strife 1965–2005 Zachary Leader 18 Seamus Perry

O Joy for me! Samuel Taylor Coleridge & the Origins of Fellwalking in the Lake District, 1790–1802 Keir Davidson 19 Philip Womack

Eternal Boy: The Life of Kenneth Grahame Matthew Dennison 20 Robert Colls

Liberty, Equality, and Humbug: Orwell’s Political Ideals David Dwan

lords of terror 22 Kevin Jackson

The Vampire: A New History Nick Groom 23 Tom Shippey

The Dragon: Fear & Power Martin Arnold