Vol. 44 No. 9 · 12 May 2022

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Cover Artist

Jon McNaught

Azadeh Moaveni

Women on the Brink

Letters

Paul Theroux, Jon Bosak, Michael McKissick, Graham Boal, Michael Parsons, Flora Clark and Oliver Evans, Gordon Murray, John Komurki, Nicholas Bird

John Burnside

Poem: ‘Apostasy’

Neal Ascherson

The Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, 1733-95: Light and Flame by Richard Butterwick. Yale, 482 pp., £30, November 2020, 978 0 300 25220 0

Naomi Grant

At the National Gallery: Gainsborough’s ‘Blue Boy’

Eric Foner

What It Took to Win: A History of the Democratic Party by Michael Kazin. Farrar, Straus, 396 pp., $35, March, 978 0 374 20023 7

Tom Stevenson

Not War Alone

Edmund Gordon

The Insect Crisis: The Fall of the Tiny Empires That Run the World by Oliver Milman. Atlantic, 260 pp., £16.99, January, 978 1 83895 117 7
Silent Earth: Averting the Insect Apocalypse by Dave Goulson. Vintage, 328 pp., £9.99, May, 978 1 5291 1442 3

Tom Johnson

Paper in Medieval England: From Pulp to Fictions by Orietta Da Rold. Cambridge, 270 pp., £75, October 2020, 978 1 108 84057 6

Malin Hay

On the Sofa: ‘Russian Doll’

Donald MacKenzie

Blink, Bid, Buy

Chris Moore

A Century of Tanks

Lorna Finlayson

Complaint! by Sara Ahmed. Duke, 359 pp., £23.99, September 2021, 978 1 4780 1771 4

Maya James

Short Cuts: Climate Politics

Keith Thomas

The Ruin of All Witches: Life and Death in the New World by Malcolm Gaskill. Allen Lane, 308 pp., £20, November 2021, 978 0 241 41338 8

Alexandra Reza

Crossing the Mangrove by Maryse Condé, translated by Richard Philcox. Penguin, 170 pp., £9.99, September 2021, 978 0 241 53005 4
Waiting for the Waters to Rise by Maryse Condé, translated by Richard Philcox. World Editions, 282 pp., £12.99, August 2021, 978 1 912987 15 3
L’Évangile du nouveau monde by Maryse Condé. Buchet Chastel, 287 pp., €20, September 2021, 978 2 283 03544 3

David Trotter

At the Towner Gallery: Jananne Al-Ani

Blake Morrison

They by Kay Dick. Faber, 107 pp., £8.99, February, 978 0 571 37086 3

Daniel Trilling

Cut Short: Why We’re Failing Our Youth – and How to Fix It by Ciaran Thapar. Penguin, 352 pp., £10.99, June, 978 0 241 98870 1

Stephanie Burt

Two Poems

Mimi Jiang

Diary: In Shanghai

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