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Vol. 38 No. 24 · 15 December 2016

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Vol. 38 No. 24 · 15 December 2016

Mary Wellesley

Menagerie: The History of Exotic Animals in England 1100-1837 by Caroline Grigson. Oxford, 349 pp., £25, January 2016, 978 0 19 871470 5

Letters

Iain Mackintosh, Jon Miles, Mark Smith, Jonathan Harlow, Jonathan Holmes, Janet Halliday, David Wilson, Annie Epelboin, Hermione Goulding

Tom Crewe

The Strange Death of Municipal England

Frederick Seidel

Poem: ‘In Late December’

Richard Seymour

This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things: Mapping the Relationship between Online Trolling and Mainstream Culture by Whitney Phillips. MIT, 256 pp., £10, September 2016, 978 0 262 52987 7
Gendertrolling: How Misogyny Went Viral by Karla Mantilla. Praeger, 280 pp., £32, August 2015, 978 1 4408 3317 5
Bad Clowns by Benjamin Radford. New Mexico, 188 pp., £12, February 2016, 978 0 8263 5666 6
Trolls: An Unnatural History by John Lindow. Reaktion, 60 pp., £9.99, August 2015, 978 1 78023 565 3

Peter de Bolla

At the Royal Academy: Abstract Expressionism

Andrew O’Hagan

‘The Crown’

Michael Wood

At the Movies: ‘Napoléon’

Tim Parks

Flaubert by Michel Winock, translated by Nicholas Elliott. Harvard, 528 pp., £25, October 2016, 978 0 674 73795 2

Ange Mlinko

Poem: ‘From ‘Epic’’

Neal Ascherson

Spain in Our Hearts: Americans in the Spanish Civil War, 1936-39 by Adam Hochschild. Macmillan, 438 pp., £25, April 2016, 978 1 5098 1054 3
¡No Pasarán! Writings from the Spanish Civil War edited by Pete Ayrton. Serpent’s Tail, 393 pp., £20, April 2016, 978 1 84668 997 0
The Last Days of the Spanish Republic by Paul Preston. William Collins, 390 pp., £25, February 2016, 978 0 00 816340 2
A Distant Heartbeat: A War, a Disappearance and a Family’s Secrets by Eunice Lipton. New Mexico, 165 pp., £18.50, April 2016, 978 0 8263 5658 1

Stephen W. Smith

Short Cuts: The ICC

Julian Bell

At the National Gallery: Beyond Caravaggio

Adewale Maja-Pearce

Birth of a Dream Weaver: A Writer’s Awakening by Ngugi wa Thiong’o. Harvill Secker, 256 pp., £14.99, November 2016, 978 1 84655 989 1

Bernard Becker

In the GDR

Philip Clark

The Selected Letters of John Cage edited by Laura Kuhn. Wesleyan, 618 pp., £30, January 2016, 978 0 8195 7591 3
Diary: How to Improve the World (You Will Only Make Matters Worse) by John Cage, edited by Richard Kraft and Joe Biel. Siglio, 176 pp., £26, October 2015, 978 1 938221 10 1

Adam Thorpe

Poem: ‘Edge’

Rosemary Hill

Persuading the People: British Propaganda in World War Two by David Welch. British Library, 224 pp., £25, September 2016, 978 0 7123 5654 1

Mark Philip Bradley

The Penguin History of Modern Vietnam by Christopher Goscha. Allen Lane, 634 pp., £30, June 2016, 978 1 84614 310 6

Jonathan Lethem

Diary: Theatre of Injury

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