july 2019 • issue 477

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 Lucy Moore

elizabethans 6 Alexandra Gajda

Gresham’s Law: The Life & World of Queen Elizabeth I’s Banker John Guy 7 Jo hn Stubbs

Shakespeare & the Resistance: The Earl of Southampton, the Essex Rebellion, & the Poems that Challenged Tudor Tyranny Clare Asquith 8 F elipe Fernández-Armesto

Thomas Harriot: A Life in Science Robyn Arianrhod

planet earth 10 John Gribbin

Novacene: The Coming Age of Hyperintelligence James Lovelock with Bryan Appleyard 11 Jo hn Vidal

Choked: The Age of Air Pollution & the Fight for a Cleaner Future Beth Gardiner • Clearing the Air: The Beginning & the End of Air Pollution Tim Smedley • The Invisible Killer: The Rising Global Threat of Air Pollution – & How We Can Fight Back Gary Fuller 12 Andr ew Crumey

The Moon: A History for the Future Oliver Morton • Escape from Earth: A Secret History of the Space Rocket Fraser MacDonald

biography 14 Gillian Moore

Passionate Spirit: The Life of Alma Mahler Cate Haste 15 Ke vin Jackson

Beyond the Thirty-Nine Steps: A Life of John Buchan Ursula Buchan 17 Mar en Meinhardt

Georg Forster: Voyager, Naturalist, Revolutionary Jürgen Goldstein 18 V eronica Buckley

King of the World: The Life of Louis XIV Philip Mansel

by the pool 20 James Delbourgo

Splash: The Art of the Swimming Pool Annie Kelly & Tim Street-Porter • The Swimming Pool in Photography Francis Hodgson (ed)