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The eyes have it, p17

Love and Waugh, p30


Why so serious? p36


BOOKS 22 Philip Hensher

The Booker shortlist reviewed 24 Clinton Heylin

Musics Lost and Found, by Michael Church 26 Katrina Gulliver

What Is History Now?, edited by Helen Carr and Suzannah Lipscomb Nigel Jones

The Last Witches of England, by John Callow 27 Andrew Lycett

Love and Deception, by James Hanning 28 Susie Mesure

Will She Do?, by Eileen Atkins ARTS 30 Mark McGinness The genius of Granada’s Brideshead Revisited 32 Opera Jenufa; Carmen Richard Bratby Podcasts Dark House;American Hauntings Jessa Crispin 34 Theatre Hamlet;What If If Only Lloyd Evans 35 Cinema The Last Duel Deborah Ross 36 Exhibitions Poussin and the Dance Laura Gascoigne 37 Pop Rick Astley and Blossoms Perform Songs of the Smiths; Billy Nomates

Oh William!, by Elizabeth Strout Lindsay Johns

Harlem Shuffle, by Colson Whitehead 29 Michael Arditti

Michael Hann 38 Television Squid Game

James Delingpole 39 Arts Maggie Smith Peter Craven


LIFE 41 High life Taki Low life Jeremy Clarke 42 Real life Melissa Kite 43 The turf Robin Oakley Bridge Susanna Gross 44 Aussie Life / Language

Michael Sexton & Kel Richards 45 The vintage chef

Olivia Potts AND FINALLY . . . 40 Notes on… Conkers

St.John Burkett 46 Chess Luke McShane

Competition Lucy Vickery 47 Crossword Mr Magoo 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 Aux bien pensants

Net zero only the beginning David Flint

Andrew Roberts is a British historian and author of George III: The Life and Reign of Britain’s Most Misunderstood Monarch. He writes about how David Starkey hates his new ‘piratical’ beard on p5.

Madeleine Kearns is a former teacher and opera singer who interned at The Spectator. She now writes for the National Review. On p8, she talks about those putting the planet before parenthood.

Tom Woodman, who explains why he doesn’t want children on p10, is a comedian and literary editor. His graphic novel Future is out now.

Clinton Heylin, who writes about the history of folk music on p24, is the author of The Double Life of Bob Dylan: A Restless, Hungry Feeling 1941-1966.

Lindsay Johns, who reviews the new Colson Whitehead novel on p28, is a writer, broadcaster and a Fellow at the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard.

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