The London Review of Books (or LRB) is a fortnightly British literary and political magazine.
The LRB was founded in 1979 during the year-long lock-out at The Times. Its founding editors were Karl Miller, then professor of English at University College London, Mary-Kay Wilmers, formerly an editor at The Times Literary Supplement, and Susannah Clapp, a former editor at Jonathan Cape. For its first six months it appeared as an insert in the New York Review of Books. In May 1980, the London Review became an independent publication with a self described 'consistently radical' editorial orientation. Unlike the TLS, the majority of the articles the LRB publishes (usually fifteen per issue) are long essays; some in each issue are not based around books, and several short articles discuss film or exhibitions.
Mary-Kay Wilmers, the current editor, took over from Miller in 1992. Average circulation per issue from 1 January 2006 to 31 December 2006 was 44,754.
Notable contributors have included:
- ^ "The LRB has maintained a consistently radical stance on politics and social affairs", Alan Bennett, July 1996, in the Foreword to Jane Hindle (editor) London Review of Books: An Anthology, Verso, 1996. ISBN 1-85984-860-5
- ^ Media info on LRB website