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october 2020 • issue 490

Editor Nancy Sladek Deputy Editor Tom Fleming Assistant Editors Frank Brinkley • David Gelber Contributing Editors Jonathan Beckman Michael Burleigh • Sara Wheeler • Philip Womack Editorial & Marketing Assistant Michael Delgado Marketing Manager 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 Kevin Jackson

art & architecture 6 Robin Simon

Goya: A Portrait of the Artist Janis A Tomlinson 7 Michael Prodger

Spirit of Place: Artists, Writers & the British Landscape Susan Owens 8 Benjamin Riley

The English Folly: The Edifice Complex Gwyn Headley & Wim Meulenkamp 10 Jonathan Meades

Fake Heritage: Why We Rebuild Monuments John Darlington

statecraft 12 Michael Burleigh

Xi Jinping: The Backlash Richard McGregor • China’s Good War: How World War II Is Shaping a New Nationalism Rana Mitter 14 Barnaby Crowcroft

The Origins of the Arab–Iranian Conflict: Nationalism & Sovereignty in the Gulf between the World Wars Chelsi Mueller • Black Wave: Saudi Arabia, Iran & the Rivalry That Unravelled the Middle East Kim Ghattas 15 Piers Brendon

The Churchill Complex: The Rise & Fall of the Special Relationship Ian Buruma • Collateral Damage: Britain, America & Europe in the Age of Trump Kim Darroch

theatre 17 Jeremy Treglown

Tom Stoppard: A Life Hermione Lee 19 Christopher Hart

The Oxford Book of Theatrical Anecdotes Gyles Brandreth

biography & memoir 20 Patricia Fara

Dutch Light: Christiaan Huygens & the Making of Science in Europe Hugh Aldersey-Williams 21 Freya Johnston

The Good Sharps: The Brothers & Sisters Who Remade Their World Hester Grant 23 Adrian Weale

War and Peacekeeping: Personal Reflections on Conflict & Lasting Peace Martin Bell