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Vol. 34 No. 1 · 5 January 2012

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Cover Artist

Peter Campbell

David Runciman

Will we be all right in the end?

Letters

Michael Burleigh, William Shawcross, Richard Beck, Michael Nabavian, Timon Screech, Clifton Hawkins, Edward Peck, Andrew McGettigan

T.J. Clark

The Chill of Disillusion

Marina Warner

Dressing Up: Cultural Identity in Renaissance Europe by Ulinka Rublack. Oxford, 354 pp., £30, October 2011, 978 0 19 929874 7

Jackson Lears

The Other Barack: The Bold and Reckless Life of President Obama’s Father by Sally Jacobs. Public Affairs, 336 pp., £20, July 2011, 978 1 58648 793 5
A Singular Woman: The Untold Story of Barack Obama’s Mother by Janny Scott. Riverhead, 384 pp., £18.99, May 2011, 978 1 59448 797 2

Adam Phillips

Judas’ Gift

Adam Shatz

Whose Egypt?

Michael Wood

At the Movies: ‘Mysteries of Lisbon’

Rosemary Hill

The Omnipotent Magician: Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown 1716-83 by Jane Brown. Chatto, 384 pp., £20, March 2011, 978 0 7011 8212 0

Jenny Diski

Short Cuts: The Future of Publishing

Joanna Biggs

Death Comes to Pemberley by P.D. James. Faber, 310 pp., £18.99, November 2011, 978 0 571 28357 6

Stephen Holmes

Mafia State: How One Reporter Became an Enemy of the Brutal New Russia by Luke Harding. Guardian, 310 pp., £20, September 2011, 978 0 85265 247 3

Ken Silverstein

In Senegal

Bee Wilson

Eva Braun: Life with Hitler by Heike Görtemaker, translated by Damion Searls. Allen Lane, 324 pp., £25, October 2011, 978 1 84614 489 9

Deborah Friedell

The Life of Charles Dickens by John Forster. Cambridge, 1480 pp., £70, December 2011, 978 1 108 03934 5
Becoming Dickens: The Invention of a Novelist by Robert Douglas-Fairhurst. Harvard, 389 pp., £20, October 2011, 978 0 674 05003 7
Charles Dickens: A Life by Claire Tomalin. Viking, 527 pp., £30, October 2011, 978 0 670 91767 9

Ruth Padel

Poem: ‘Revelation’

Colm Tóibín

Flann O’Brien’s Lies

Julian Bell

At the Whitechapel: Wilhelm Sasnal

Alan Bennett

Diary: What I did in 2011

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