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Rana Mit­ter

I’ve been trav­el­ling through China find­ing the places where some of the most im­por­tant Chi­nese lives of the past two mil­len­nia have been lived: from the cos­mopoli­tan con­queror Kublai Khan to fem­i­nist and rad­i­cal ac­tivist Ding Ling.

Rana pro­files six in­flu­en­tial Chi­nese lives on page 32

Pa­trick Bishop

In Air Force Blue, my new book de­scrib­ing the achieve­ments and ethos of the wartime RAF, I ar­gue that the air force was crit­i­cal not only to Bri­tain’s sur­vival in the early years of the con­flict, but also to its ul­ti­mate vic­tory.

Pa­trick de­scribes the RAF’s war-win­ning ef­fort from 1939– 45 on page 25

Hetta Howes

In the Mid­dle Ages, women’s bod­ies were seen as im­per­fect and leaky. How­ever, the ec­static prac­tices of me­dieval mys­tics show how women trans­formed this misog­y­nis­tic view, us­ing their bod­ies to help cre­ate a hot­line to God.

Hetta re­veals the lengths to which mys­tics would go to get closer to God on page 45

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