october 2021 issue 501

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 Philip Hensher

state of the nation 6 Richard Vinen

Black Gold: The History of How Coal Made Britain Jeremy Paxman • The Shadow of the Mine: Coal & the End of Industrial Britain Huw Beynon & Ray Hudson 8 James Blitz

My Secret Brexit Diary: A Glorious Illusion Michel Barnier 9 Anoosh Chakelian

Broken Heartlands: A Journey Through Labour’s Lost England Sebastian Payne

biography & diaries 11 Richard Davenport-Hines

Henry ‘Chips’ Channon: The Diaries – 1938–43 Simon Heffer (ed) 12 Miranda Seymour

Miss Dior: A Story of Courage & Couture Justine Picardie 14 John Gribbin

The Man from the Future: The Visionary Life of John von Neumann Ananyo Bhattacharya 15 Martin Vander Weyer

The Contrarian: Peter Thiel & Silicon Valley’s Pursuit of Power Max Chafkin

foreign parts 16 Owen Bennett-Jones

Kashmir at the Crossroads: Inside a 21st-Century Conflict Sumantra Bose 17 Noonie Minogue

A Thing of Beauty: Travels in Mythical & Modern Greece Peter Fiennes 18 Tim Summers

The Gate to China: A New History of the People’s Republic & Hong Kong Michael Sheridan

crown & sceptre 20 Tim Blanning

George III: The Life & Reign of Britain’s Most Misunderstood Monarch Andrew Roberts 22 Jane Ridley

The Secret Royals: Spying & the Crown, from Victoria to Diana Richard J Aldrich & Rory Cormac 23 Anna Groundwater

Elizabeth Stuart: Queen of Hearts Nadine Akkerman