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Vol. 32 No. 8 · 22 April 2010

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Cover Artist

Peter Campbell

Neal Ascherson

Koestler: The Indispensable Intellectual by Michael Scammell. Faber, 689 pp., £25, February 2010, 978 0 571 13853 1

Letters

David Weiss, Louise Hirsch, Rob Mansell-Ward, David Elstein, Iain Bamforth, Benjamin Kunkel, Albion Urdank, Geraldine Lindley, Charles Lock, Chris Purnell, André Burguière, Craig Griffin

Julian Barnes

Parisians: An Adventure History of Paris by Graham Robb. Picador, 476 pp., £18.99, April 2010, 978 0 330 45244 1
The Invention of Paris: A History in Footsteps by Eric Hazan, translated by David Fernbach. Verso, 384 pp., £20, February 2010, 978 1 84467 411 4

Benjamin Kunkel

Valences of the Dialectic by Fredric Jameson. Verso, 625 pp., £29.99, October 2009, 978 1 85984 877 7

Joseph Stiglitz

Keynes: The Return of the Master by Robert Skidelsky. Allen Lane, 213 pp., £20, September 2009, 978 1 84614 258 1

John Gray

The Conservative Party: From Thatcher to Cameron by Tim Bale. Polity, 446 pp., £25, January 2010, 978 0 7456 4857 6
Back from the Brink: The Inside Story of the Tory Resurrection by Peter Snowdon. Harper Press, 419 pp., £14.99, March 2010, 978 0 00 730725 8

Peter Campbell

At the V&A: Quilts

Jonathan Raban

Red Tory: How Left and Right Have Broken Britain and How We Can Fix it by Phillip Blond. Faber, 309 pp., £12.99, April 2010, 978 0 571 25167 4

Ferdinand Mount

Where Power Lies: Prime Ministers v. the Media by Lance Price. Simon & Schuster, 498 pp., £20, February 2010, 978 1 84737 253 6

Andrew O’Hagan

Short Cuts: The Happiness Project

Sheila Fitzpatrick

Trotsky: A Biography by Robert Service. Macmillan, 600 pp., £9.99, April 2010, 978 0 330 43969 5
Stalin’s Nemesis: The Exile and Murder of Leon Trotsky by Bertrand Patenaude. Faber, 472 pp., £9.99, March 2010, 978 0 571 22876 8

Michael Wood

At the Movies: ‘The Ghost Writer’, ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’

Chase Madar

Victors’ Justice: From Nuremberg to Baghdad by Danilo Zolo, translated by M.W. Weir. Verso, 189 pp., £14.99, October 2009, 978 1 84467 317 9

Michael Kulikowski

The Poison King: The Life and Legend of Mithridates, Rome’s Deadliest Enemy by Adrienne Mayor. Princeton, 448 pp., £20.95, November 2009, 978 0 691 12683 8

Jenny Turner

The Pregnant Widow by Martin Amis. Cape, 470 pp., £18.99, February 2010, 978 0 224 07612 8

Michael Wood

Point Omega by Don DeLillo. Picador, 117 pp., £14.99, March 2010, 978 0 330 51238 1

Rosemary Hill

Iris Murdoch: A Writer at War – Letters and Diaries 1939-45 edited by Peter Conradi. Short Books, 303 pp., £16.99, January 2010, 978 1 906021 22 1
With Love and Rage: A Friendship with Iris Murdoch by David Morgan. Kingston, 143 pp., £13.99, March 2010, 978 1 899999 42 2

Jenny Diski

Diary: Crabs

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