Vol. 35 No. 1 · 3 January 2013

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Cover Artist

Cressida Bell

John Lanchester

Let’s call it failure


Kevin Brehony, William Van der Kloot, R.W. Johnson, Roy Kift, Paul Nicol, Barbara Walker, Blaine Stothard, Constance Blackwell, Keith Miller, Nigel Hawker, David Auerbach

James Meek

Breaking Bad: Complete Seasons 1-4 produced by Vince Gilligan. Sony Pictures, £32.75, October 2012

Deborah Friedell

In a Box

Theo Tait

The Yellow Birds by Kevin Powers. Sceptre, 230 pp., £14.99, September 2012, 978 1 4447 5612 8

Alan Hollinghurst

The Journals and Diaries of E.M. Forster Volumes I-III edited by Philip Gardner. Pickering and Chatto, 813 pp., £275, February 2011, 978 1 84893 114 5

Phil Withington

Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes, edited by Noel Malcolm. Oxford, 1832 pp., £195, May 2012, 978 0 19 960262 9

John Barrell

Constable, Gainsborough, Turner and the Making of Landscape  Royal Academy, until 17 February 2013

Philippe Sands and Helena Kennedy

In Defence of Rights

Julian Bell

At the National Gallery: Seduced by Art

Katrina Forrester

Secret Manoeuvres in the Dark: Corporate and Police Spying on Activists by Eveline Lubbers. Pluto, 252 pp., £19.99, June 2012, 978 0 7453 3185 0

Paul Myerscough

Short Cuts: The Pret Buzz

Mary Beard

Shopping in Ancient Rome: The Retail Trade in the Late Republic and the Principate by Claire Holleran. Oxford, 304 pp., £65, April 2012, 978 0 19 969821 9

Alexander Nagel

Bernini: His Life and His Rome by Franco Mormando. Chicago, 429 pp., £22.50, December 2011, 978 0 226 53852 5

Thomas Keymer

A Political Biography of Eliza Haywood by Kathryn King. Pickering and Chatto, 288 pp., £60, June 2012, 978 1 85196 917 3

Mark Ford

Poem: ‘Under the Lime Trees’

Alan Bennett

Diary: What I did in 2012

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