may 2019 • issue 475

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 Michael Delgado Marketing Jared Spears • Constance Watson Advertising Manager Terry Finnegan Classified Advertising David Sturge Founding Editor Dr Anne Smith Cover Illustration Chris Riddell

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diary 1 Toby Faber

literary lives 6 Sophie Duncan

This Is Shakespeare Emma Smith • What Blest Genius? The Jubilee That Made Shakespeare Andrew McConnell Stott 8 Miranda Seymour

L.E.L.: The Lost Life & Scandalous Death of Letitia Elizabeth Landon, the Celebrated ‘Female Byron’ Lucasta Miller 9 Richard Greene

Our Man Down in Havana: The Story Behind Graham Greene’s Cold War Spy Novel Christopher Hull 10 Cosmo Landesman

White Bret Easton Ellis

history 12 John Gray

Upheaval: How Nations Cope with Crisis & Change Jared Diamond 13 Anthony Pagden

Emperor: A New Life of Charles V Geoffrey Parker 15 Lucy Moore

She-Merchants, Buccaneers & Gentlewomen: British Women in India Katie Hickman

oppression 16 Peter Parker

Outrages: Sex, Censorship & the Criminalisation of Love Naomi Wolf 17 Jay Parini

Writers Under Surveillance: The FBI Files JPat Brown, B C D Lipton & Michael Morisy (edd)

natural worlds 19 Jonathan Meades

Underland: A Deep Time Journey Robert Macfarlane 20 Tim Richardson

The Hidden Horticulturists: The Untold Story of the Men Who Shaped Britain’s Gardens Fiona Davison 22 Tom Fort

The Way Home: Tales from a Life Without Technology Mark Boyle