february 2021 issue 493

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 Mick Herron

biography 6 Charles Darwent

Francis Bacon: Revelations Mark Stevens & Annalyn Swan 7 Kevin Jackson

Stanley Kubrick: American Filmmaker David Mikics 8 David Lough

Statesman of Europe: A Life of Sir Edward Grey T G Otte 10 Donald Rayfield

Dostoevsky in Love: An Intimate Life Alex Christofi 11 Jonathan Meades

The Sea View Has Me Again: Uwe Johnson in Sheerness Patrick Wright

foreign parts 13 Owen Matthews

A Coup in Turkey: A Tale of Democracy, Despotism & Vengeance in a Divided Land Jeremy Seal 14 Edna Fernandes

The Good Girls: An Ordinary Killing Sonia Faleiro 16 Juliet Hindell

Stranger in the Shogun’s City: A Woman’s Life in NineteenthCentury Japan Amy Stanley • The Japanese: A History in Twenty Lives Christopher Harding • Finding the Heart Sutra: Guided by a Magician, an Art Collector, & Buddhist Sages from Tibet to Japan Alex Kerr 18 J E Hoare

Empire and Righteous Nation: 600 Years of China–Korea Relations Odd Arne Westad 19 Hilary Bradt

The Gardens of Mars: Madagascar, an Island Story John Gimlette

power & politics 20 Oliver Balch

The Rare Metals War: The Dark Side of Clean Energy and Digital Technologies Guillaume Pitron • Wars of the Interior Joseph Zárate 22 Ewen A Cameron

This Sovereign Isle: Britain in & out of Europe Robert Tombs • How Britain Ends: English Nationalism & the Rebirth of Four Nations Gavin Esler