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Vol. 26 No. 10 · 20 May 2004

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Cover Artist

Peter Campbell

David Simpson

The Mourning Paper

Letters

Nicholas Blanton, Peter Dailey, Phil Edwards, W.G. Runciman, Wilfred Beckerman, Gerald Field

David Runciman

Betting big, winning small

Ferdinand Mount

The Crimean War: The Truth behind the Myth by Clive Ponting. Chatto, 379 pp., £20, March 2004, 0 7011 7390 4

James Wood

The Oxford English Literary History. Vol. XII: 1960-2000: The Last of England? by Randall Stevenson. Oxford, 624 pp., £30, February 2004, 0 19 818423 9

Richard Wollheim

The Girl in the Shiny Boots

Mark Ford

Selected Poems and Related Prose by F.T. Marinetti, translated by Elizabeth Napier and Barbara Studholme. Yale, 250 pp., £35, January 2003, 0 300 04103 9

Thomas Jones

Short Cuts: aristocrats

Neal Ascherson

Inside Putin's Russia by Andrew Jack. Granta, 350 pp., £20, February 2004, 1 86207 640 5
Putin's Progress by Peter Truscott. Simon and Schuster, 370 pp., £17.99, March 2004, 0 7432 4005 7
Putin, Russia's Choice by Richard Sakwa. Taylor and Francis, 307 pp., £15.99, February 2004, 0 415 29664 1

Paul Myerscough

At the Serpentine: Cy Twombly

John Bossy

The Jesuits: Missions, Myths and Histories by Jonathan Wright. HarperCollins, 334 pp., £20, February 2004, 0 00 257180 3

Dinah Birch

The Correspondence of Dante Gabriel Rossetti: The Formative Years 1835-62: Charlotte Street to Cheyne Walk. Volume One edited by William Fredeman. Brewer, 464 pp., £95, July 2002, 9780859915281
The Correspondence of Dante Gabriel Rossetti: The Formative Years 1835-62: Charlotte Street to Cheyne Walk. Volume Two edited by William Fredeman. Brewer, 640 pp., £95, July 2002, 0 85991 637 5
William and Lucy: The Other Rossettis by Angela Thirlwell. Yale, 376 pp., £25, October 2003, 0 300 10200 3

James Francken

Ring Road: There’s No Place like Home by Ian Sansom. Fourth Estate, 388 pp., £12.99, April 2004, 0 00 715653 7

Fiona Pitt-Kethley

Diary: The Ravine

Tobias Jones

The Colombian Mule by Massimo Carlotto, translated by Christopher Woodall. Orion, 156 pp., £9.99, December 2003, 0 7528 5733 9
The Shape of Water by Andrea Camilleri, translated by Stephen Sartarelli. Picador, 249 pp., £6.99, February 2004, 0 330 49286 1
The Terracotta Dog by Andrea Camilleri, translated by Stephen Sartarelli. Picador, 343 pp., £15.99, February 2004, 9780330492904
Almost Blue by Carlo Lucarelli, translated by Oonagh Stransky. Harvill, 169 pp., £9.99, August 2003, 9781843430865
The Advocate: A Sardinian Mystery by Marcello Fois, translated by Patrick Creagh. Vintage, 128 pp., £6.99, June 2004, 0 09 945374 6

Tariq Ali

A Mighty Heart: The Brave Life and Death of My Husband, Daniel Pearl by Mariane Pearl. Virago, 278 pp., £7.99, March 2004, 1 84408 126 5
Who Killed Daniel Pearl? by Bernard-Henri Lévy. Duckworth, 454 pp., £20, September 2003, 0 7156 3261 2

Charles Simic

Two Poems

Patrick Cockburn

Diary: The uprisings in Iraq

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