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Vol. 38 No. 6 · 17 March 2016

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Cover Artist

Cressida Bell

Letters

John Lanchester, Rachel Elizabeth Fraser, Tony Sharpe, Carl Gardner, Philip Richmond, Barbara Demeneix, Peter Lomas, David Packham, Vaughan Pilikian, Duncan Hunter, John Matthias, Judith Nelson, Douglas Buchanan, John Lahr

Hilary Mantel

Charles Brandon: Henry VIII’s Closest Friend by Steven Gunn. Amberley, 304 pp., £20, October 2015, 978 1 4456 4184 3

John Ashbery

Poem: ‘Die Meistersinger’

Jeremy Harding

Magnificent and Beggar Land: Angola since the Civil War by Ricardo Soares de Oliveira. Hurst, 291 pp., £25, March 2015, 978 1 84904 284 0
A Short History of Modern Angola by David Birmingham. Hurst, 256 pp., £17.99, December 2015, 978 1 84904 519 3
Visions of Freedom: Havana, Washington, Pretoria and the Struggle for Southern Africa by Piero Gleijeses. North Carolina, 655 pp., £27.95, February 2016, 978 1 4696 0968 3
A General Theory of Oblivion by José Eduardo Agualusa, translated by Daniel Hahn. Harvill, 245 pp., £14.99, June 2015, 978 1 84655 847 4
In the Name of the People: Angola’s Forgotten Massacre by Lara Pawson. I.B. Tauris, 271 pp., £20, April 2014, 978 1 78076 905 9
Cuito Cuanavale: Frontline Accounts by Soviet Soldiers by G. Shubin, I. Zhdarkin et al, translated by Tamara Reilly. Jacana, 222 pp., £12.95, May 2014, 978 1 4314 0963 1

Mark Ford

Ted Hughes: The Unauthorised Life by Jonathan Bate. William Collins, 662 pp., £30, October 2015, 978 0 00 811822 8

Jackson Lears

The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York by Robert Caro. Bodley Head, 1246 pp., £35, July 2015, 978 1 84792 364 6

David Bromwich

Short Cuts: Stirrers Up of Strife

James Sheehan

The Invention of Nature: The Adventures of Alexander von Humboldt, the Lost Hero of Science by Andrea Wulf. John Murray, 473 pp., £25, October 2015, 978 1 84854 898 5

Jonathan Gil Harris

The Island Princess by John Fletcher, edited by Clare McManus. Arden, 338 pp., £16.99, December 2012, 978 1 904271 53 6

Frederick Wilmot-Smith

Blame Robert Maxwell

Richard J. Evans

Go-Betweens for Hitler by Karina Urbach. Oxford, 389 pp., £20, July 2015, 978 0 19 870366 2

Rosemary Hill

At Sotheby’s: Debo’s Bibelots

Alison Light

A Notable Woman: The Romantic Journals of Jean Lucey Pratt edited by Simon Garfield. Canongate, 736 pp., £12.99, April 2016, 978 1 78211 572 4

Julian Bell

At the National Gallery: Delacroix

Adam Mars-Jones

Innocents and Others by Dana Spiotta. Scribner, 278 pp., £17.95, March 2016, 978 1 5011 2272 9

Michael Wood

At the Movies: ‘Hail, Caesar!’

Ben Ehrenreich

Diary: At the Calais Jungle

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