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Winning streak, p14


Finnish lines, p38


BOOKS 24 Philip Hensher

Home in the World, by Amartya Sen 25 Fleur Macdonald

Animal, by Lisa Taddeo 26 Ian Sansom

White Spines, by Nicholas Royle; Guarded by Dragons, by Rick Gekoski 27 Stuart Jeffries

Everybody, by Olivia Laing Claire Booker

‘Cinema Paradiso’: a poem 28 William Skidelsky

Seeing Serena, by Gerald Marzorati 29 Lynn Barber

The Year of the End, by Anne Theroux 30 Nick Lezard

I Belong Here, by Anita Sethi; One of Them, by Musa Okwonga ARTS 32 Zoe Dubno The rise of the ‘sensitivity reader’ 34 Theatre Bach & Sons; Maggie & Ted Lloyd Evans 35 Podcast Passenger List John Phipps 36 Opera Falstaff; La bohème Alexandra Coghlan Exhibitions Eric Tucker Laura Gascoigne 38 Cinema Tove Deborah Ross 39 Television Rick and Morty James Delingpole The listener Bobby Gillespie and Jehnny Beth: Utopian Ashes Rod Liddle 40 Arts Ethos

Languages of Truth, by Salman Rushdie Susie Mesure

A Shock, by Keith Ridgway 31 Daniel Hahn

Peter Craven Culture Buff Donald McDonald

LIFE 42 High life Taki Low life Jeremy Clarke 43 Real life Melissa Kite 44 The turf Robin Oakley Bridge Susanna Gross 45 Kiwi Life/Language

David Cohen and Kel Richards AND FINALLY . . . 41 Notes on… Skateboarding

Toby Young 46 Chess Luke McShane

Competition Lucy Vickery 47 Crossword Fieldfare 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 51 Ten truths about Wuhan

Australia under authoritarian rule David Flint


Winston Marshall, who writes this week’s diary on p5, is a guitarist, banjo player and composer, and former member of Mumford & Sons.

Poppy Royd, who did her first streak in 2012, writes about her hobby on p14. When she isn’t streaking, she sells fruit and vegetables.

William Skidelsky, who salutes the genius of Serena Williams on p28, is the author of Federer and Me: A Story of Obsession.

Daniel Hahn, who writes about two memoirs on p31, is a writer, editor and translator. Among his recent work is the new Oxford Companion to Children’s Literature.

Susie Mesure is a freelance writer. She reviews Keith Ridgway’s much-anticipated new novel on p30.

the spectator australia | 10 july 2021 | iii

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