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Vol. 27 No. 7 · 31 March 2005

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Cover Artist

Peter Campbell

John Lanchester

David Blunkett by Stephen Pollard. Hodder, 359 pp., £20, December 2004, 0 340 82534 0

Letters

Valerie Yule, Clive James, Jeremy Bernstein, Subho Basu, Gerard McBurney, Myron Kaplan, Matt Cavanagh, J.R. Pole

Jenny Diski

The Insider: The Private Diaries of a Scandalous Decade by Piers Morgan. Ebury, 484 pp., £17.99, March 2005, 0 09 190506 0

Anne Carson

Poem: ‘On Discovering at Dinner that Adam Zagajewski and I Share a Birthday’

Rory Stewart

What We Owe Iraq: War and the Ethics of Nation Building by Noah Feldman. Princeton, 154 pp., £12.95, November 2004, 0 691 12179 6
Blinded by the Sunlight: Surviving Abu Ghraib and Saddam’s Iraq by Matthew McAllester. Harper Perennial, 304 pp., $13.95, February 2005, 0 06 058820 9
The Fall of Baghdad by Jon Lee Anderson. Little, Brown, 389 pp., £20, February 2005, 0 316 72990 6
The Freedom: Shadows and Hallucinations in Occupied Iraq by Christian Parenti. New Press, 211 pp., £12.99, December 2004, 1 56584 948 5

John Bossy

The Scarith of Scornello: A Tale of Renaissance Forgery by Ingrid Rowland. Chicago, 230 pp., £16, January 2005, 0 226 73036 0

Jeremy Harding

Mother One, Mother Two

T.J. Clark

Poem: ‘Manet and Monet and Marx and Freud’

Thomas Jones

Short Cuts: Michael Jackson’s frailties

Theo Tait

The Final Solution by Michael Chabon. Fourth Estate, 127 pp., £10, February 2005, 0 00 719602 4

Peter Campbell

At the National Gallery: Caravaggio’s final years

Thomas Karshan

Villages by John Updike. Hamish Hamilton, 321 pp., £17.99, February 2005, 9780241143087

Michael Friedman

The American Musical and the Formation of National Identity by Raymond Knapp. Princeton, 361 pp., £22.95, December 2004, 0 691 11864 7

Gillian Darley

Betjeman: The Bonus of Laughter by Bevis Hillier. Murray, 744 pp., £25, October 2004, 0 7195 6495 6

Andrew Saint

Building Jerusalem: The Rise and Fall of the Victorian City by Tristram Hunt. Weidenfeld, 432 pp., £25, June 2004, 0 297 60767 7

Susan Pedersen

Slumming: Sexual and Social Politics in Victorian London by Seth Koven. Princeton, 399 pp., £19.95, September 2004, 0 691 11592 3

Tom Vanderbilt

Diary: The View from Above

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