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• Oldie exclusive: new short story by Jane Gardam
Sir Edward Feathers, the subject of Gardam’s 2004 novel Old Filth, appears again in ‘Facing the Music’, a new story written especially for The Oldie. Page 31.
•The Swinging Sixties and the myth of sexual freedom
1965’s Number Ones included the raunchy ‘Satisfaction’ and the psychedelic ‘Mr
Tambourine Man’. But things were not so groovy if you were a pregnant teenager.
Maxine Doyle writes movingly of her experience and its long-term repercussions. Page 42.
• Ageism in British politics
The population is aging, but the average age of MPs is falling. Austin Mitchell MP (78) vents some justifiable spleen and warns that things can only get worse. Page 22.
• Wilfred De’Ath: in the clear?
The police are not proceeding with the sex complaint made against maverick columnist De’Ath, but he is a changed man. See page 38 for his reflections on life after Operation Yewtree.
PLUS: Fay Weldon talks to The Oldie (p12); Jane Thynne lifts the lid on Hacked Off (p17); My childhood encounter with the ‘prostitutes’ padre’ (p19); Why the left were wrong about Hugo Chávez (p70)...