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Vol. 30 No. 14 · 17 July 2008

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Cover Artist

Peter Campbell

Letters

Allen Singer, Jason Farago, Colin Bloch, James Mosley, Peter Bourne, Ophelia Tshabalala, John Morris, Henry Fitch, Tim Gutteridge, Mike Harding

Jeremy Harding

Saved and Depoliticised at One Stroke

John Lanchester

Speaking for Myself: The Autobiography by Cherie Blair. Little, Brown, 421 pp., £18.99, May 2008, 978 1 4087 0098 3
Prezza, My Story: Pulling No Punches by John Prescott, with Hunter Davies. Headline, 405 pp., £18.99, May 2008, 978 0 7553 1775 2
A Question of Honour: Inside New Labour and the True Story of the Cash for Peerages Scandal by Michael Levy. Simon and Schuster, 310 pp., £18.99, May 2008, 978 1 84737 315 1

Andrew O’Hagan

At the Movies: M. Night Shyamalan

Tariq Ali

Descent into Chaos: How the War against Islamic Extremism Is Being Lost in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Central Asia by Ahmed Rashid. Allen Lane, 484 pp., £25, July 2008, 978 0 7139 9843 6
Crossed Swords: Pakistan, Its Army, and the Wars within by Shuja Nawaz. Oxford, 655 pp., £16.99, May 2008, 978 0 19 547660 6

Mark Ford

The Nancy Book by Joe Brainard. Siglio, 144 pp., $39.50, April 2008, 978 0 9799562 0 1

Benjamin Kunkel

Netherland by Joseph O’Neill. Fourth Estate, 247 pp., £14.99, May 2008, 978 0 00 726906 8

Thomas Jones

Short Cuts: Spies Wanted

Deborah Friedell

Lush Life by Richard Price. Bloomsbury, 455 pp., £12.99, August 2008, 978 0 7475 9601 1

Peter Campbell

The Divisionists and Vilhelm Hammershoi

Frank Kermode

Alfred and Emily by Doris Lessing. Fourth Estate, 274 pp., £16.99, May 2008, 978 0 00 723345 8

Charles Tripp

Muqtada Al-Sadr and the Fall of Iraq by Patrick Cockburn. Faber, 289 pp., £16.99, April 2008, 978 0 571 23974 0

Diarmaid MacCulloch

The Last Office: 1539 and the Dissolution of a Monastery by Geoffrey Moorhouse. Weidenfeld, 283 pp., £25, March 2008, 978 0 297 85089 2

Helen Deutsch

Queen of the Wits: A Life of Laetitia Pilkington by Norma Clarke. Faber, 364 pp., £20, February 2008, 978 0 571 22428 9

August Kleinzahler

Poem: ‘Shoot the Freak’

Dinah Birch

Other People’s Daughters: The Life and Times of the Governess by Ruth Brandon. Weidenfeld, 303 pp., £20, March 2008, 978 0 297 85113 4

Sean Wilsey

Diary: Going Slow

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