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Vol. 31 No. 21 · 5 November 2009

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Vol. 31 No. 21 · 5 November 2009

Letters

Pat Stamp, Rob Stradling, James Wood, Markus Eichhorn, Garth Clarke

Jacqueline Rose

Murder in the Name of Honour by Rana Husseini. Oneworld, 250 pp., £12.99, May 2009, 978 1 85168 524 0
In Honour of Fadime: Murder and Shame by Unni Wikan, translated by Anna Paterson. Chicago, 305 pp., £12.50, June 2008, 978 0 226 89686 1
Honour Killing: Stories of Men Who Killed by Ayse Onal. Saqi, 256 pp., £12.99, May 2008, 978 0 86356 617 2

Jeremy Harding

The Guantánamo Effect: Exposing the Consequences of US Detention and Interrogation Practices by Laurel Fletcher and Eric Stover. California, 210 pp., £10.95, October 2009, 978 0 520 26177 8

Julian Bell

Vincent van Gogh: The Letters edited by Leo Jansen, Hans Luijten and Nienke Bakker, translated by Michael Hoyle et al. Thames and Hudson, 2180 pp., £395, October 2009, 978 0 500 23865 3

Alan Bennett

Alan Bennett writes about his new play

Colm Tóibín

Cheever: A Life by Blake Bailey. Picador, 770 pp., £25, November 2009, 978 0 330 43790 5

Peter Campbell

At the British Museum: Moctezuma

Julian Barnes

Afloat by Guy de Maupassant, translated by Douglas Parmée. NYRB, 105 pp., £7.99, 1 59017 259 0
Alien Hearts by Guy de Maupassant, translated by Richard Howard. NYRB, 177 pp., £7.99, December 2009, 978 1 59017 260 5

Hilary Mantel

Tormented Hope: Nine Hypochondriac Lives by Brian Dillon.277 pp., £18.99, September 2009, 978 1 84488 134 5

Thomas Jones

Short Cuts: Bio Insecurity

Thomas Nagel

Selves: An Essay in Revisionary Metaphysics by Galen Strawson. Oxford, 448 pp., £32.50, 0 19 825006 1

John Lanchester

The Murder of Lehman Brothers: An Insider’s Look at the Global Meltdown by Joseph Tibman. Brick Tower, 243 pp., £16.95, September 2009, 978 1 883283 71 1
A Colossal Failure of Common Sense: The Incredible Inside Story of the Collapse of Lehman Brothers by Larry McDonald, in collaboration with Patrick Robinson. Ebury, 351 pp., £7.99, September 2009, 978 0 09 193615 0

Jonathan Raban

Summer with Empson

John Ashbery

Poem: ‘The Winemakers’

Michael Wood

At the Movies: Agnès Varda

Andrew O’Hagan

Guilt

Frank Kermode

William Golding: The Man Who Wrote ‘Lord of the Flies’ by John Carey. Faber, 573 pp., £25, 0 571 23163 2

Daniel Soar

A Week in December by Sebastian Faulks. Hutchinson, 518 pp., £18.99, September 2009, 978 0 09 179445 3

Charles Simic

Poem: ‘Old Man’

Jenny Diski

Diary: Rape-Rape

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