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Cover: Varvara Stepanova



  • Ian Aitken

    • Sunrise: The Remarkable Rise and Rise of the Best-Selling Soaraway ‘Sun’ by Larry Lamb
  • Letters
    David Craig, Marie-Jaqueline Lancaster, Craig Raine, Richard Poirier, Walter Hayes, Jean MacGibbon, Kate Cohen, David Griffiths, C.K. Stead, Bernard O’Donoghue, Editors, ‘London Review’, Keith Flett

  • Anthony Howard

    • The Crockford’s File: Gareth Bennett and the Death of the Anglican Mind by William Oddie
    • Absent Friends by Geoffrey Wheatcroft
  • Paul Foot
    Inside the system

  • Linda Colley

    • The Sinews of Power: War, Money and the English State, 1688-1788 by John Brewer
    • Cambridge in the Age of the Enlightenment: Science, Religion and Politics from the Restoration to the French Revolution by John Gascoigne
    • Imperial Meridian: The British Empire and the World by C.A. Bayly
  • Tom Shippey

    • Health for Sale: Quackery in England 1660-1850 by Roy Porter
    • Popular Errors by Laurent Joubert and Gregory David de Rocher
    • Bread of Dreams: Food and Fantasy in Early Modern Europe by Piero Camporesi, translated by David Gentilcore
    • Poisons of the Past: Molds, Epidemics and History by Mary Kilbourne Matossian
  • John Bayley

    • Coleridge: Early Visions by Richard Holmes
    • Wordsworth: Romantic Poetry and Revolution Politics by John Williams
    • Sara Coleridge, A Victorian Daughter: Her Life and Essays by Bradford Keyes Mudge
  • Roger Parker

    • Franz Liszt. Vol. II: The Weimar Years 1848-1861 by Alan Walker
    • Franz Liszt: A Chronicle of his Life in Pictures and Documents by Ernst Burger, translated by Stewart Spencer
  • Humphrey Carpenter

    • The Safest Place in the World: A Personal History of British Rhythm and Blues by Dick Heckstall-Smith
    • Mama said there’d be days like these: My Life in the Jazz World by Val Wilmer
    • Lenya: A Life by Donald Spoto
  • Stephen Fender

    • Paul Robeson by Martin Bauml Duberman
  • Michael Wood

    • Silent Partner by Jonathan Kellerman
    • ‘Murder will out’: The Detective in Fiction by T.J. Binyon
    • Devices and Desires by P.D. James
    • Killshot by Elmore Leonard
    • Trust by George V. Higgins
    • Polar Star by Martin Cruz Smith
  • Hilary Mantel

    • Life Lines: Politics and Health 1986-1988 by Edwina Currie
    • My Turn by Nancy Reagan and William Novak
    • Heiress: The Story of Christina Onassis by Nigel Dempster
  • Mark Ford

    • In Trouble Again: A Journey between the Orinoco and the Amazon by Redmond O’Hanlon
    • Our Grandmothers’ Drums: A Portrait of Rural African Life and Culture by Mark Hudson
    • Borderlines: A Journey in Thailand and Burma by Charles Nicholl
  • Allen Curnow
    Poem: ‘A Scrap-Book’

  • Walter Nash

    • The Guinness Book of Records 1990 edited by Donald McFarlan
    • The Chatto Book of Cabbages and Kings: Lists in Literature edited by Francis Spufford
  • Penelope Fitzgerald

    • True Confessions of Adrian Albert Mole, Margaret Hilda Roberts and Robert and Susan Lilian Townsend by Sue Townsend
    • CounterBlasts No 9: Mr Bevan’s Dream by Sue Townsend
  • Brad Leithauser
    Poem: ‘Peninsular’

  • J.P. Stern

  • Robert Crawford

    • Perduta Gente by Peter Reading
    • Letting in the rumour by Gillian Clarke
    • Lazy Thoughts of a Lazy Woman by Grace Nichols
    • Studying Grosz on the Bus by John Lucas
    • The Old Noise of Truth by Joan Downar