Vol. 34 No. 15 · 2 August 2012

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Cover Artist

Anne Rothenstein


David Bromwich, Chris Wheeler, Patrick Skelton, John Gale, Peter Robb, Richard Thorneycroft, Jim Valentine, Owen Bennett-Jones, Simon Darragh, Charles Coutinho, Neil Berry, Bill Lancaster, Len Bates

Ross McKibbin

Money and the Love of Money

Linda Colley

North and South

Neal Ascherson

Ryszard Kapuściński: A Life by Artur Domosławski, translated by Antonia Lloyd-Jones. Verso, 456 pp., £25, September 2012, 978 1 84467 858 7

John Ashbery

Poem: ‘A Voice from the Fireplace’

T.J. Clark

Picasso Prints: The Vollard Suite  British Museum

Thomas Keymer

Cruelty and Laughter: Forgotten Comic Literature and the Unsentimental 18th Century by Simon Dickie. Chicago, 362 pp., £29, December 2011, 978 0 226 14618 8

Theo Tait

Demon Fish: Travels through the Hidden World of Sharks by Juliet Eilperin. Duckworth, 295 pp., £18.99, January 2012, 978 0 7156 4291 7

Perry Anderson

After Nehru

Christopher Tayler

Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk by Ben Fountain. Canongate, 307 pp., £16.99, July 2012, 978 0 85786 438 3

Jeremy Harding

Short Cuts: ‘Magnum Contact Sheets’

Emily Gould

Teach Us to Sit Still: A Sceptic’s Search for Health and Healing by Tim Parks. Vintage, 335 pp., £8.99, July 2011, 978 0 09 954888 1
The Server by Tim Parks. Harvill Secker, 288 pp., £16.99, May 2012, 978 1 84655 577 0

Brian Dillon

At the Hayward: ‘Invisible’

Joanna Biggs

Dreaming in French: The Paris Years of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy, Susan Sontag and Angela Davis by Alice Kaplan. Chicago, 289 pp., £17, May 2012, 978 0 226 42438 5
As Consciousness Is Harnessed to Flesh: Diaries 1964-80 by Susan Sontag. Hamish Hamilton, 544 pp., £18.99, April 2012, 978 0 241 14517 3

August Kleinzahler

Poem: ‘Tuq-Tuq’

Christian Lorentzen

Diary: Are books like nappies?

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