Vol. 37 No. 9 · 7 May 2015

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Alexander Gorlizki

Neal Ascherson

The Promised Land by Erich Maria Remarque, translated by Michael Hofmann. Vintage, 423 pp., £16.99, February 2015, 978 0 09 957708 9


John Gillingham, Scott Herrick, Keith Bilton, Jonathan Elphick, Jane Symonds, Margaret McCartney, Paul Taylor, Pedro Solares, Matthew Young

Jenny Turner

Barely under Control

Dawn Foster

Free Schools

Hilary Mantel

Story: ‘The School of English’

Barbara Newman

Why Can the Dead Do Such Great Things? Saints and Worshippers from the Martyrs to the Reformation by Robert Bartlett. Princeton, 787 pp., £27.95, December 2013, 978 0 691 15913 3

Frederick Seidel

Poem: ‘Down below Riverside Park’

Peter Green

Ancient Persia: A Concise History of the Achaemenid Empire, 550-330 BCE by Matt Waters. Cambridge, 252 pp., £19.99, January 2014, 978 0 521 25369 7

Owen Hatherley

Nye: The Political Life of Aneurin Bevan by Nicklaus Thomas-Symonds. I.B. Tauris, 316 pp., £25, October 2014, 978 1 78076 209 8

Thomas Jones

Short Cuts: Hitler’s Last Day

Ben Jackson

Honourable Friends? Parliament and the Fight for Change by Caroline Lucas. Portobello, 281 pp., £14.99, March 2015, 978 1 84627 593 7

Jeremy Harding

At the RA: Richard Diebenkorn

Jenny Diski

In Gratitude

Michael Wood

At the Movies: ‘Force Majeure’, ‘Clouds of Sils Maria’

Peter Howarth

Robert Graves: Selected Poems edited by Michael Longley. Faber, 136 pp., £15.99, August 2013, 978 0 571 28383 5

David Runciman

Notes on the Election

Stephen Walsh

Words without Music: A Memoir by Philip Glass. Faber, 416 pp., £22.50, April 2015, 978 0 571 32372 2

Hugo Williams

Poem: ‘After Midnight’

Suzy Hansen

Diary: In Istanbul

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