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Can’t get her out of my head, p16

‘You’ll never believe what my house is worth’, p28


Drake’s progress, p50


3 Leading article 6 Portrait of the Week 9 Diary Ballet and bomb shelters

Christina Lamb 10 Politics Boris’s fighting talk

Katy Balls 11 The Spectator’s Notes

A stupid use of ‘apocalyptic’ Charles Moore 15 Rod Liddle

Bad songs for a good cause 18 Ancient and modern

Ship shape 19 Douglas Murray

The dishonesty of our age 20 Barometer WAG rules, new arrivals and cryptocurrency 23 Mary Wakefield

The madness of ‘emotional support animals’ 26 Letters Russian culture, the menopause and Eccles cakes 28 Any other business

How far will house prices fall? Frankly, don’t ask me Martin Vander Weyer

12 Zelensky’s choice

Can Ukraine force Russia to negotiate? James Forsyth 13 Briege Duffaud

‘I’m Watching the Midday News’: a poem 14 Parting shot

The truth about my brother-in-law’s hair Ivo Dawnay 16 Sex, drugs and Sartre

Why is a brilliant BBC serial kept in its most secret vaults? Peter Hitchens 18 Voice of concern

The creep of nannying announcements Laurie Graham 20 Roman myths

Italy’s growing opposition to Nato Nicholas Farrell 22 Cold Turkey

Why is Erdogan resisting Nato’s expansion? Owen Matthews 24 Changing channels

The television will be revolutionised James Heale

BOOKS 30 Sara Wheeler

Russia: Revolution and Civil War 1917-1921, by Antony Beevor 32 Craig Raine

Rapture and Melancholy, by Edna St Vincent Millay, edited by Daniel Mark Epstein Horatio Clare

Desperate Remedies, by Andrew Scull 33 Kate Womersley

How to Prevent the Next Pandemic, by Bill Gates; Preventable, by Devi Sridhar 34 Lynn Barber

Anna, by Amy Odell N.S. Thompson

‘Sleepers’: a poem 35 Matthew Reisz

Alice’s Book, by Karina Urbach; My Grandfather’s Knife and Other Stories of War and Belonging, by Joseph Pearson 36 Jamie Collinson

Sea of Tranquility, by Emily St. John Mandel 38 Jonathan Boff

The Greatest Raid, by Giles Whittell

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