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Welcome to the Babington Triangle, p50


BOOKS 18 Books of the Year II 21 Rodric Braithwaite

Eight Days in Yalta, by Diana Preston 22 Claudia Gold

Eleanor of Aquitaine, by Sara Cockerill 23 Frank Lawton

The Topeka School, by Ben Lerner 24 Marcus Berkmann on stocking fillers 25 Jenny Colgan

Still Friends, by Saul Austerlitz 26 Henry Jeffreys on alcohol Claire Lowdon Olive, Again, by Elizabeth Strout 28 Honor Clerk

Self-Portrait, by Celia Paul 29 Louis Amis

They Will Have to Die Now, by James Verini

ARTS SPECIAL 30 Daisy Dunn The truth about Troy 32 Pop

Bruce Hornsby; A-ha Michael Hann

Troy story, p30

33 Design The Nova revolution

Brigid Keenan 34 Classical

La fedelta premiata; Illuminate Women’s Music Richard Bratby 35 Architecture The man who built Britain’s first skyscraper Peter York 37 Television

Gold Digger; The Cockfields James Walton Radio Kate Chisholm 39 Cinema Marriage Story

Deborah Ross 40 Theatre The Antipodes;

Sydney & the Old Girl Lloyd Evans 42 Dance

Staging Schiele; The Sleeping Beauty Laura Freeman The listener

Daniil Trifonov’s Rachmaninov Damian Thompson


LIFE 43 High life Taki

Low life Jeremy Clarke 44 John Levett ‘At First I Failed’: a poem 45 Real life Melissa Kite

Bridge Susanna Gross

AND FINALLY . . . 46 Chess Luke McShane

Competition Lucy Vickery 47 Crossword Doc 48 No sacred cows Toby Young

Battle for Britain Michael Heath 49 Sport Roger Alton

Your problems solved Mary Killen 50 Food Tanya Gold

Mind your language Dot Wordsworth


Paul Collier is Professor of Economics and Public Policy in the Blavatnik School of Government, and author of The Future of Capitalism. He writes about Sajid Javid’s spending plans on p12.

Rodric Braithwaite is a former UK ambassador to Moscow and the author of, most recently, Armageddon and Paranoia: the Nuclear Confrontation. He writes about the Yalta conference on p21.

Claudia Gold, who writes about Eleanor of Aquitaine on p22, is an historian whose book King of the North Wind: the Life of Henry II in Five Acts was published last year.

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Claire Lowdon is assistant editor of Areté magazine, a regular fiction reviewer in several publications, and the author of the novel Left of the Bang. She reviews Elizabeth Strout’s new novel on p26.

Brigid Keenan is a journalist and editor who worked for Nova (which she writes about on p33), the Observer and the Sunday Times. She is the author of Diplomatic Baggage and two sequels.


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