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‘What a set! What a world!’
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 poet’s coterie.
Snakes in the Jungle
Did Ciro Bustos betray Che Guevara? John Sweeney reads Bustos’s defence and finds in his memoir ‘real passion about what it was to be a child of the revolution in South America’.
Bomb Voyage
Matthew Green praises a nuclear travelogue that spans the uranium mines of the Congo, the deserts of New Mexico and the Fukushima disaster.
Housewives & Heroines
Anne Sebba discovers that – in archaeology, architecture, the law and numerous other fields – women of the 1950s escaped the home to flourish in their professional lives.
In Bed with François
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
Maya Jaggi 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 Fitzgerald’s path to literary acclaim did not run smooth. Mark Bostridge weighs up her legacy
Whither Whiteblade?
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.
Michael Arditti on David Leavitt’s urbane and satisfying The Two Hotel Francforts
Simon Hammond on three Irish debuts, including Eimear McBride’s stunning A Girl is a Half-formed Thing
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 more… 

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Also in this issue:
Eric Ormsby on the legends of Muhammad
Linda Porter on Elizabeth of York, Tudor Godmother
Giles Milton boards ship with an Elizabethan explorer
David Gilmour on the birth of Bangladesh
Miranda Seymour sails down the Danube
Kevin Jackson chills out with the Beats
Henrietta Garnett on growing old gracefully
Andrew Brown on Dawkins’s delusions
Gulliver Ralston listens to John Eliot Gardiner’s rendition of Bach
Charles Shaar Murray strums along to Johnny Cash
Ian Sansom goes catching in the rye
Jonathan Mirsky cracks out the Feinstein jokes
Adrian Tinniswood walks the plank
Jonathan Meades on an architectural history of England

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