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Vol. 37 No. 15 · 30 July 2015

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Cover Artist

Cressida Bell

Letters

Robin O’Malley, Brian Slocock, Peter Green, Joanne Mariner, Tom Rivers, Colin Darch, Keith Flett, Martin Sanderson, Frank Donald, Josephine Boot

Sheila Fitzpatrick

Landscapes of Communism: A History through Buildings by Owen Hatherley. Allen Lane, 613 pp., £25, June 2015, 978 1 84614 768 5

Julian Barnes

Ever Yours: The Essential Letters by Vincent van Gogh, edited by Leo Jansen, Hans Luijten and Nienke Bakker. Yale, 777 pp., £30, December 2014, 978 0 300 20947 1
Van Gogh: A Power Seething by Julian Bell. Amazon, 171 pp., £6.99, January 2015, 978 1 4778 0129 1

Adam Mars-Jones

Sphinx by Anne Garréta, translated by Emma Ramadan. Deep Vellum, 120 pp., £9.87, April 2015, 978 1 941920 09 1

Frederick Wilmot-Smith

Court Cuts

Don Paterson

Poem: ‘Four Poems’

Jenny Diski

Why can’t people just be sensible?

Steven Shapin

Empire of Tea: The Asian Leaf that Conquered the World by Markman Ellis, Richard Coulton and Matthew Mauger. Reaktion, 326 pp., £25, May 2015, 978 1 78023 440 3

Perry Anderson

One Exceptional Figure Stood Out

Julian Bell

At the Watts Gallery: Richard Dadd

Andrew O’Hagan

Short Cuts: The Other Atticus Finch

Colin Kidd

The Formation of the English Kingdom in the Tenth Century by George Molyneaux. Oxford, 302 pp., £65, May 2015, 978 0 19 871791 1
The English and Their History by Robert Tombs. Allen Lane, 1012 pp., £14.99, June 2015, 978 0 14 103165 1
Conquests, Catastrophe and Recovery: Britain and Ireland 1066-1485 by John Gillingham. Vintage, 345 pp., £10.99, October 2014, 978 0 09 956324 2
From Restoration to Reform: The British Isles 1660-1832 by Jonathan Clark. Vintage, 364 pp., £10.99, October 2014, 978 0 09 956323 5
Britain since 1900: A Success Story? by Robert Skidelsky. Vintage, 472 pp., £10.99, October 2014, 978 0 09 957239 8

Emily Berry

Poem: ‘Tragedy for One Voice’

Steven Mithen

Earth’s Deep History: How It Was Discovered and Why It Matters by Martin Rudwick. Chicago, 360 pp., £21, October 2014, 978 0 226 20393 5

Rosemary Hill

Princes at War: The British Royal Family’s Private Battle in the Second World War by Deborah Cadbury. Bloomsbury, 407 pp., £25, April 2015, 978 1 4088 4524 0

David Edgar

Jeremy Thorpe by Michael Bloch. Little, Brown, 606 pp., £25, December 2014, 978 0 316 85685 0
Closet Queens: Some 20th-Century British Politicians by Michael Bloch. Little, Brown, 320 pp., £25, May 2015, 978 1 4087 0412 7

Michael Wood

At the Movies: ‘Touch of Evil’

Tariq Ali

Diary: In Athens

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