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Vol. 29 No. 15 · 2 August 2007

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Cover Artist

Peter Campbell

James Meek

Blackwater: The Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army by Jeremy Scahill. Serpent’s Tail, 452 pp., £12.99, August 2007, 978 1 84668 630 6

Letters

Robin Kinross, Mary Fain, Charles Tripp, Sean Haycock, Robert Hewison, Salim Lone, Tariq Ali, Frank Conley, David Carpenter, Victor Glasstone, Ali Rizvi, John McGill, Peter Ghosh

Bernard Porter

Britain’s Declining Empire: The Road to Decolonisation, 1918-68 by Ronald Hyam. Cambridge, 464 pp., £17.99, February 2007, 978 0 521 68555 9
The Last Thousand Days of the British Empire by Peter Clarke. Allen Lane, 559 pp., August 2007, 978 0 7139 9830 6
Forgotten Wars: The End of Britain’s Asian Empire by Christopher Bayly and Tim Harper. Allen Lane, 673 pp., £30, January 2007, 978 0 7139 9782 8

Peter Campbell

At Tate Britain: Prunella Clough

Adewale Maja-Pearce

You Must Set Forth at Dawn: A Memoir by Wole Soyinka. Methuen, 626 pp., £18.99, May 2007, 978 0 413 77628 0

Jean Sprackland

Poem: ‘Three Lakes’

Yonatan Mendel

Hollow Land: Israel’s Architecture of Occupation by Eyal Weizman. Verso, 318 pp., £19.99, June 2007, 978 1 84467 125 0

Michael Dobson

The Shakespeare Riots: Revenge, Drama and Death in 19th-Century America by Nigel Cliff. Random House, 312 pp., $26.95, April 2007, 978 0 345 48694 3

Jenny Diski

The Diana Chronicles by Tina Brown. Century, 481 pp., £18.99, June 2007, 978 1 84605 286 6
Diana by Sarah Bradford. Penguin, 443 pp., £7.99, July 2007, 978 0 14 027671 8

Ferdinand Mount

The Tichborne Claimant: A Victorian Sensation by Rohan McWilliam. Continuum, 363 pp., £25, March 2007, 978 1 85285 478 2
A Romanov Fantasy: Life at the Court of Anna Anderson by Frances Welch. Short Books, 327 pp., £14.99, February 2007, 978 1 904977 71 1
The Lost Prince: The Survival of Richard of York by David Baldwin. Sutton, 220 pp., £20, July 2007, 978 0 7509 4335 2

Thomas Jones

Short Cuts: Kicking Dick Cheney

Norman Dombey

Death of a Dissident: The Poisoning of Alexander Litvinenko and the Return of the KGB by Alex Goldfarb, with Marina Litvinenko. Simon and Schuster, 369 pp., £18.99, June 2007, 978 1 84737 081 5

John Foot

The Rendition of Abu Omar

Colin Dayan

Bad Men: Guantanamo Bay and the Secret Prisons by Clive Stafford Smith. Weidenfeld, 307 pp., £16.99, April 2007, 978 0 297 85221 6

Philip Connors

Absurdistan by Gary Shteyngart. Granta, 333 pp., £10.99, June 2007, 978 1 86207 972 4

Hugh Pennington

In the Chocolate

Wyatt Mason

The Discomfort Zone: A Personal History by Jonathan Franzen. Harper Perennial, 195 pp., £8.99, July 2007, 978 0 00 723425 7

Gerard Fanning

Two Poems

Michel Lechat

Diary: Graham Greene at the Leproserie

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