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Fleet Street demon: Peter Wilby on Robert Maxwell 44 In full flight: John Burnside on birds of prey 57

The Critics: Arts 51 Rosemary Waugh on the Royal Swedish Opera’s take on the life of Simone Weil 52 Michael Prodger delights in the otherworldly landscapes of the Italian painter Dosso Dossi 54 Film: Simran Hans reconsiders Joaquin Phoenix’s turn in the 2008 film Two Love rs 55 Television: Rachel Cooke on the baffling jargon in BBC Two’s Interior Design Masters 55 Radio: Anna Leszkiewicz listens to a verbatim drama about the lives of three young carers, Who Cares

“We don’t have the luxury of allowing pain to overcome us”

Megan Nolan, page 38

Back Pages 57 Nature John Burnside 58 Down and Out Nicholas Lezard 59 Deleted Scenes Pippa Bailey 60 The Fan Hunter Davies 61 Crossword, Subscriber of the Week and NS Word Games 62 The NS Q&A Bez


Cartoons, photographs and illustrations by Becky Barnicoat. Alex Brenchley, André Carrilho, Ellie Foreman-Peck, Grizelda, Kristian Hammerstad, Ian McGowan, Jonathan McHugh and Matt Percival

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+What’s happening on The SNP civil war Chris Deerin on the effects of

Joanna Cherry’s sacking

Why the UK must cancel its new coal mine There is no environmental case for it, warns India Bourke

Impeachment in Brazil? Nick Burns on Jair Bolsonaro and the Covid crisis

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