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Books: The Secret Library Windsor’s hidden gem


Books: Review Alex Johnson on Dickens’ and Collins’ Lazy Tour of Two Idle Apprentices 88 Books Roundup Top non-fiction and small-press literature, by Rob Greer 90 Further Reading More hot presses, chosen by Cathleen Mair 92 Bibliotherapy Ella Berthoud helps us count our blessings along with the pennies 96 Music Stewart Lee chooses his top 11 recent releases 100 Classical Music Soothing music is all very well. But what if you want more thrill than chill? Georgia Mann has some suggestions 105

IDLE PURSUITS Pilgrimage Guy Hayward walks the city of kings and priests


Gardening Graham Burnett on the benefits of veganic gardening 114 Farming Going back to our roots with filmmaker Colin Ramsay 118 Beekeeping Bill Anderson is buzzing off – and t aking 40,000 bees with him 120

Sheds Alex Johnson finds a garden house of treasures 122 Recipe Lindsay Bareham is wild about rice 126

MERRIMENT Eating Out Victoria Hull enjoys a t aste of Palestinian cuisine 130 Beer Four of the best brewers chosen by Oli Meade 134 Ukulele Cameron Murray goes into the recording studio 137 Spirits Joseph Piercy on a honey-infused digestif from the Canaries 140

SELF Being Well Are we all t alking nonsense? asks Rachel Kelly 143 Fun and Frugality Kitchen sink dramas from the Money-Saving Amateurs 146 Easy Money Michael Gilmore on the cunning corporate ploy of “premiumisation” 148 Problems With Virginia Ironside 150 Readers’ Letters 153 Puzzles Alex Bellos has a problem. Can you solve it? 156 Idle Pets 160

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