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Vol. 37 No. 19 · 8 October 2015

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Beth Holgate

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Vol. 37 No. 19 · 8 October 2015

Letters

Walker Boyd, Peter Samson, Roy McGregor, Angus Doulton, Jack Brennan, Gillian Nelson, Andrew Richardson, Rajith Dissanayake, Yannis Gourtsoyannis, Augustus Young, Andrew Darling

Neal Ascherson

London Fog: The Biography by Christine Corton. Harvard, 408 pp., £22.95, November 2015, 978 0 674 08835 1

Daniel Trilling

What to do with the people who do make it across?

Colm Tóibín

The Castrato: Reflections on Natures and Kinds by Martha Feldman. California, 454 pp., £40, March 2015, 978 0 520 27949 0
Portrait of a Castrato: Politics, Patronage and Music in the Life of Atto Melani by Roger Freitas. Cambridge, 452 pp., £22.99, May 2014, 978 1 107 69610 5

Martin Monahan

Poem: ‘Costume’

Adam Smyth

‘Brief Lives’ with ‘An Apparatus for the Lives of Our English Mathematical Writers’ by John Aubrey, edited by Kate Bennett. Oxford, 1968 pp., £250, March 2015, 978 0 19 968953 8
John Aubrey: My Own Life by Ruth Scurr. Chatto, 518 pp., £25, March 2015, 978 0 7011 7907 6

Jenny Diski

Promises aren’t always kept

Ross McKibbin

The Anti-Candidate

Dinah Birch

Another Mother’s Son by Janet Davey. Chatto, 296 pp., £12.99, August 2015, 978 1 78474 022 1

Nick Richardson

Short Cuts: Lord High Spanker

Stefan Collini

Father and Daughter: Patriarchy, Gender and Social Science by Ann Oakley. Policy, 290 pp., £13.99, November 2014, 978 1 4473 1810 1

Brian Dillon

At the Royal Academy: Ai Weiwei

Francesca Wade

Romantic Outlaws: The Extraordinary Lives of Mary Wollstonecraft and Mary Shelley by Charlotte Gordon. Hutchinson, 649 pp., £25, April 2015, 978 0 09 195894 7

Leofranc Holford-Strevens

The Origins of Grammar: Language in the Light of Evolution by James Hurford. Oxford, 791 pp., £37, September 2011, 978 0 19 920787 9

Ghaith Abdul-Ahad

Some Tips for the Long-Distance Traveller

James Meek

Diary: Real Murderers!

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