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Unleash your inner Einstein Brian Clegg says science needs not be difficult and dull, but we must inspire people with its wonders 50 My interiors life Joseph Connolly on the aspirational television homes that inspired his love of design 52 STUDIO Alasdair Palmer enjoys an exhibition of Piranesi’s beautiful lesser-known engravings: Views of Rome 58

Contents Issue 23 | December 2021 / COLUMNS Letters 6 Law Joshua Rozenberg: Israel is not an apartheid state 9 Man about Town Robert Thicknesse: Late, late show 10 Dilyn the Dog Room at the top 11 My Woke World Titania McGrath: Orwell: she’s my self-help guru 15 David Starkey Woke: the oldest profession 16 Jonathan Meades The Road to Book Pyre Beacon 25 Arty Types D.J. Taylor on Frankie Ho 31 Sounding Board Marcus Walker: The culture warriors who want to cancel the Queen 40 Economics Tim Congdon: Economic growth is choked by “negative sum” jobs 49 Everyday Lies Theodore Dalrymple: Patients first 55 Romeo Coates Hounded by the Hare 84

This month’s cover is illustrated by John Springs

Miriam Elia on ... We’re all going to die

Adam Dant on … Prime Ministers of the UK

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FEATURES Remotely wishing you a Merry Christmas David Scullion says the Church faces crises of leadership and theology 12 The new female ascendancy Mary Harrington asks whether the over-production of women graduates will lead to a war between the sexes 18

Recanting Decanting Andrew Cusack on the vexed issue of renovating the Palace of Westminster 22 The warlord, the suicide bomber and me Paul Raffaele reported on the destruction of the Afghan opium fields, and almost paid with his life 26 Sherlock plays the white man Jeremy Black says Sir Arthur Conan Doyle held imperialist views that would today be considered racist 32 Otherworldly talents Robert Meakin recalls a golden age of British television drama 36 Eine kleine Nachtmusik Michael Henderson recalls some extraordinary nights with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra 41 Fart for art’s sake Katherine Dee on the demise of the “sophomoric males”, man-child purveyors of infantile humour 44 The two Ronnies W. Sydney Robinson on the very complicated personality of dramatist Sir Ronald Harwood 46

BOOKS Adam Zamoyski: George III: The Life and Reign of Britain’s Most Misunderstood Monarch by Andrew Roberts 62 Hugh St Clair: Oh, What a Lovely Century by Roderic Fenwick Owen 64 Daisy Dunn: Twelve Caesars: Images of Power from the Ancient World to the Modern by Mary Beard 65 Henri Astier: The Constitution of Knowledge: A Defense of Truth by Jonathan Rauch 67 Daniel Johnson: The Summer of Theory: History of a Rebellion 1960-1990 by Philipp Felsch; The First Days of Berlin by Ulrich Gutmair 69 Christopher Silvester: What is History, Now? edited by Helen Carr and Suzannah Lipscomb 72 Theodore Dalrymple: The Philosophy of Tattoos by John Miller 73 James Stevens Curl: London 1870-1914: A City at its Zenith by Andrew Saint 74 Tom Chesshyre: The Amur River: Between Russia and China by Colin Thubron 76 William Poulos: A Little History of Poetry by John Carey 78 J.S. Barnes: State of Terror by Hillary Rodham Clinton and Louise Penny 79 John Self: Books of the Year 81 THE SECRET AUTHOR The myth of authoral infallibility 83

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