Vol. 42 No. 9 · 7 May 2020

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Anne Rothenstein

Jacqueline Rose

Pointing the Finger


Kate Kirkpatrick, Ian Birchall, James Higgs, Thomas Ciantra, Augustine Dennis, Magdalena Edwards, S.R. Baker, Malcolm Vale, James Fanning, Page Nelson, Daniel Whittall

Paul Taylor

Susceptible, Infectious, Recovered

Colm Tóibín

The Dolphin Letters, 1970-79: Elizabeth Hardwick, Robert Lowell and Their Circle edited by Saskia Hamilton. Faber, 560 pp., £35, January, 978 0 571 35741 3
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Katherine Rundell

Consider the Greenland Shark

Ferdinand Mount

Providence Lost: The Rise and Fall of Cromwell’s Protectorate by Paul Lay. Head of Zeus, 352 pp., £30, January 2020, 978 1 78185 256 9

Lauren Oyler

Short Cuts: Internet Speak

Yonatan Mendel

Covid-19 in the Time of Netanyahu

Michael Wood

At the Movies: Buster Keaton’s Last Great Film

Ange Mlinko

The Complete Gary Lutz by Gary Lutz. Tyrant, 500 pp., £15, December 2019, 978 1 7335359 1 5

Blake Morrison

This Mournable Body by Tsitsi Dangarembga. Faber, 384 pp., £14.99, January, 978 0 571 35551 8

Tom Crewe

On the Shelf

Irina Dumitrescu

Obscene Pedagogies: Transgressive Talk and Sexual Education in Late Medieval Britain by Carissa Harris. Cornell, 306 pp., £36, December 2018, 978 1 5017 3040 5

David Renton

Becoming homeless is easily done

Jorie Graham

Poem: ‘Thaw’

Colin Kidd

Remaking One Nation: The Future of Conservatism by Nick Timothy. Polity, 275 pp., £20, March 2020, 978 1 5095 3917 8

Brian Dillon


Patrick Cockburn

Diary: The 1956 Polio Epidemic

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