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Vol. 41 No. 24 · 19 December 2019

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Vol. 41 No. 24 · 19 December 2019

Colm Tóibín

Me by Elton John. Macmillan, 376 pp., £25, October 2019, 978 1 5098 5331 1

Letters

Roy Macgregor, Will Jones, David Perry, Guido Franzinetti, Nick Athanasiou, Gerard Noonan, Neil Blackshaw, Richard Little, Giles Warrack, Tom Dilworth, Norman Schwartz, John Watson, Stephen Morris

Charles West

King and Emperor: A New Life of Charlemagne by Janet Nelson. Allen Lane, 704 pp., £30, July 2019, 978 0 7139 9243 4

Stefan Collini

‘What Is a Nation?’ and Other Political Writings by Ernest Renan, translated and edited by M.F.N. Giglioli. Columbia, 328 pp., £62, September 2018, 978 0 231 17430 5

David Trotter

Corridors: Passages of Modernity by Roger Luckhurst. Reaktion, 240 pp., £25, March 2019, 978 1 78914 053 8

Eric Foner

‘The Only Unavoidable Subject of Regret’: George Washington, Slavery and the Enslaved Community at Mount Vernon by Mary Thompson. Virginia, 502 pp., £32.50, January 2019, 978 0 8139 4184 4

Tony Wood

What next for Bolivia?

Jenny Turner

Face It by Debbie Harry. HarperCollins, 352 pp., £20, October 2019, 978 0 00 822942 9

Inigo Thomas

At the Wallace Collection: East India Company Commissions

Christopher Tayler

The Man who Wrote the Perfect Novel: John Williams, ‘Stoner’ and the Writing Life by Charles Shields. Texas, 305 pp., £23.99, October 2018, 978 1 4773 1736 5
Nothing but the Night by John Williams. NYRB, 144 pp., $14.95, February 2019, 978 1 68137 307 2

Rebecca Tamás

Poem: ‘Medusa in Venice’

Penelope Fitzgerald

Some people never expect to be expected

Ysenda Maxtone Graham

Lost Girls: Love, War and Literature, 1939-51 by D.J. Taylor. Constable, 388 pp., £25, September 2019, 978 1 4721 2686 3

Harry Stopes

Short Cuts: Life on Licence

Charles Nicholl

Nicholas Hilliard: Life of an Artist by Elizabeth Goldring. Yale, 337 pp., £40, February 2019, 978 0 300 24142 6

Brian Dillon

At the Jeu de Paume: Peter Hujar

Tom Shippey

Book of Beasts: The Bestiary in the Medieval World edited by Elizabeth Morrison, with Larisa Grollemond. Getty, 354 pp., £45, June 2019, 978 1 60606 590 7

John Lanchester

Diary: A Whiff of Tear Gas

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