Vol. 43 No. 1 · 7 January 2021

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Cover Artist

Anne Rothenstein

James Wood

Beethoven: A Life in Nine Pieces by Laura Tunbridge. Penguin, 276 pp., £16.99, June 2020, 978 0 241 41427 9
The Beethoven Syndrome: Hearing Music as Autobiography by Mark Evan Bonds. Oxford, 325 pp., £22.99, January 2020, 978 0 19 006847 9
Beethoven: Variations on a Life by Mark Evan Bonds. Oxford, 147 pp., £14.99, September 2020, 978 0 19 005408 3
Beethoven: The New Complete Edition  Deutsche Grammophon, 123 discs, November 2019

Letters

Ray Argyle, David Forrester, Colin Leys and Leo Panitch, Tom Flynn, Diana Wallace, Mark Peterson, Chris Bailey, Daniel Spaulding, Rachel Ware

Lydia Davis

Story: ‘Dear Who Gives a C**p’

Meehan Crist

Novacene: The Coming Age of Hyperintelligence by James Lovelock. Allen Lane, 160 pp., £9.99, July 2020, 978 0 14 199079 8

David Runciman

A Promised Land by Barack Obama. Viking, 768 pp., £35, November 2020, 978 0 241 49151 5

Nick Richardson

Short Cuts: The Classic Apocalypse

Seamus Perry

A Little History of Poetry by John Carey. Yale, 303 pp., £14.99, March 2020, 978 0 300 23222 6

Yohann Koshy

On the Sofa

Sheila Fitzpatrick

The Spark That Lit the Revolution: Lenin in London and the Politics That Changed the World by Robert Henderson. I.B.Tauris, 270 pp., £17.99, March 2019, 978 1 78453 862 0

Perry Anderson

Ever Closer Union?

Ben Walker

At Burlington House

Ben Lerner

Poem: ‘The Stone’

Esther Chadwick

Black in Rembrandt’s Time edited by Elmer Kolfin and Epco Runia. WBooks, 135 pp., £20, April 2020, 978 94 6258 372 6

Ian Jack

The Railway Hobby

Naoise Dolan

As You Were by Elaine Feeney. Harvill Secker, 392 pp., £14.99, August 2020, 978 1 78730 163 4

Will Frears

My Life in Red and White by Arsène Wenger. Weidenfeld, 352 pp., £25, October 2020, 978 1 4746 1824 3

Alan Bennett

Diary: A Round of Applause

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