presents some of the highlights from the recent November issue...
â€˜What a set! What a world!â€™
John Polidori died by his own hand a disappointed man, seeing his novella, The Vampyre
, published under the name of his friend Lord Byron. Seamus Perry
reveals yet more love and anguish in the poetâ€™s coterie.
Snakes in the Jungle
Did Ciro Bustos betray Che Guevara? John Sweeney
reads Bustosâ€™s defence and finds in his memoir â€˜real passion about what it was to be a child of the revolution in South Americaâ€™.
praises a nuclear travelogue that spans the uranium mines of the Congo, the deserts of New Mexico and the Fukushima disaster.
Housewives & Heroines
discovers that â€“ in archaeology, architecture, the law and numerous other fields â€“ women of the 1950s escaped the home to flourish in their professional lives.
In Bed with FranÃ§ois
Was Mitterrand a resister or collaborator? Left-wing or right-wing? A man of principle or an operator? Robert Gildea
peels back the mask.
Looking for Darwish
reports from Jerusalem and meets the poetic heirs of Mahmoud Darwish, hearing of the difficulties Palestinian writers have in making their voices heard.
A Late Flowering
Married to a drunk, disgraced barrister, left homeless when her houseboat sunk, Penelope Fitzgeraldâ€™s path to literary acclaim did not run smooth. Mark Bostridge
weighs up her legacy
Oswald of Northumbria became one of the first English martyrs when slain by the pagan King Penda of Mercia in 642. Philip Parker
throws light on a religious pioneer of the dark ages.
on David Leavittâ€™s urbane and satisfying The Two Hotel Francforts
on three Irish debuts
, including Eimear McBrideâ€™s stunning A Girl is a Half-formed Thing
ALL THIS AND MUCH MORE INSIDE THIS ISSUE OF BRITAINâ€™S BEST-LOVED LITERARY MAGAZINE
In our December/January double issue: Michael Burleigh on Hezbollah * Andrea Stuart on coolies * John Banville on Simenon * Philip Hensher on Morrissey * Bernard Porter on Gandhi * Alex Goodall on nuclear errors * Sam Leith on cats * Lesley Downer on Japanese erotic art * John Gray on Walter Benjamin * Allan Massie on the Greek Gods * Leanda de Lisle on the myth of Anne Boleyn * James Stourton on Bernard Berenson * Daniel Pick on the correspondence of Sigmund and Anna Freud * Jonathan Keates on Baron Corvo * John Walsh on Ava Gardner * Bill Emmott on Japan * and much, much moreâ€¦
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