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Not a happy bunny, p7

Don’t mock the Rock, p40

Bigger than Sartre, p32


BOOKS 22 Philip Hensher

Mr Five Per Cent, by Jonathan Conlin 24 Alexandra Masters

Darkness, by Nina Edwards 25 Ian Thomson

Caribbean Winter, by Paul Morand James Hawes

Kafka’s Last Trial, by Benjamin Balint Jim Campbell

‘Poets and Punctuation’: a poem 26 Cressida Connolly

What a Hazard a Letter Is, by Caroline Atkins 27 Patrick Skene Catling

The Royal Art of Poison, by Eleanor Herman Rachel Redford

The Story of My Life, by Casanova: audio books 28 Richard Rhydderch

‘His Hiding Place’: a poem

ARTS 29 Interview Dick Clement on his 50-year partnership with Ian La Frenais James Walton 30 Radio

Serial; Inside Music Kate Chisholm 32 Exhibitions Charlie Brown

Bryan Appleyard 33 Theatre The Tell-Tale Heart; Uncle Vanya

Lloyd Evans 34 Dance Royal Ballet triple bill;

Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake Laura Freeman 35 Cinema The Favourite

Deborah Ross


LIFE 43 High life Taki Low life Jeremy Clarke 44 Real life Melissa Kite 45 The turf Robin Oakley Bridge Janet de Botton AND FINALLY . . . 42 Notes on… Cocaine

Julie Burchill 46 Chess Raymond Keene

Competition Lucy Vickery 47 Crossword Doc 48 No sacred cows Toby Young Battle for Britain Michael Heath 49 The Wiki Man Rory Sutherland Your problems solved Mary Killen 50 Drink Bruce Anderson Mind your language Dot Wordsworth


Ben Schott is the author of the Schott’s Miscellanies and Schott’s Almanac series. His novel Jeeves and the King of Clubs, a continuation of P.G. Wodehouse’s Jeeves franchise, is out now. His diary is on p5.

Katy Balls is The Spectator’s deputy political editor and the host of ‘Women with Balls’, a new Spectator podcast. On p6, she looks at what 2019 might have in store for Jeremy Corbyn.

Sohrab Ahmari is op-ed editor of the New York Post and author of From Fire, By Water. He writes about the wave of Iranian migration to the UK on p11.

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Douglas Murray is Associate Editor of The Spectator. His family comes from the Isle of Lewis, which is commemorating 100 years since the Iolaire disaster. He writes about the tragedy on p14.

Julie Burchill began her writing career, aged 17, at the NME in 1976. Her play People Like Us, about the Brexit fallout, opened in London last year. On p42 she discusses quitting cocaine.


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