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Wintour’s chill, p34

ARTS 40 Craig Raine

Poets on film 42 Television

Conversations with Friends; Floodlights James Walton 44 Classical music

Leipzig Gewandhaus/Nelsons Richard Bratby 45 Cinema

Benediction Deborah Ross 46 Podcasts & radio

Kermode and Mayo’s Take; The Essay: Adrian Edmondson Daisy Dunn Theatre The Breach; The Dwarfs Lloyd Evans 47 Pop

Spiritualized; Pillow Queens Michael Hann 48 Exhibitions

Venice Martin Gayford


Red alert, p30

LIFE 53 High life Taki

Low life Jeremy Clarke 54 Camille Ralphs

‘Veni Sancte Spiritus’: a poem 56 Real life Melissa Kite

Bridge Janet de Botton 57 Wine club Jonathan Ray

AND FINALLY . . . 50 Notes on… Bowls

Michael Simmons 58 Chess Luke McShane

Competition Lucy Vickery 59 Crossword Mr Magoo 60 No sacred cows

Toby Young Battle for Britain Michael Heath 61 Sport

Roger Alton Your problems solved Mary Killen 62 Food

Tanya Gold Mind your language Dot Wordsworth

Beware of the Mogg, p10

I am, according to my wife, ‘the laziest person I’ve ever met who actually does things’. Taki, p53

This is the ideal restaurant for parties of nine who want nine different types of cuisine, and I warmly recommend it to the Labour party. Tanya Gold, p62

‘Every day in this store,’ the till at Marks and Spencer’s had told me in a tone indicating that I might be interested, ‘someone gets their shopping for free.’ Yes, I thought, it must be that bloke that exits pursued by the security man. Dot Wordsworth, p62


Ivo Dawnay, who writes about Boris Johnson’s hair on p14, is a journalist and the Prime Minister’s brotherin-law.

Sara Wheeler is the author of Mud and Stars: Travels in Russia with Pushkin, Tolstoy, and Other Geniuses of the Golden Age. She writes about the Russian civil war on p30.

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Craig Raine writes about Edna St Vincent Millay on p32. His most recent book is My Grandmother’s Glass Eye: A Look at Poetry.

Horatio Clare, who writes about the history of madness on p32, is the author of the memoir Heavy Light: A Journey Through Madness, Mania and Healing.

Michael Simmons is The Spectator’s data journalist. On p50 he writes about the fierce competitiveness of lawn bowls.


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