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In the latest issue


  • The Old Un's Notes
  • Bliss on Toast Prue Leith
  • Gyles Brandreth's Diary
  • Grumpy Oldie Man Matthew Norman
  • Olden Life: Who was Blackie the donkey? William Cook
  • Modern Life: What is a bookhotel? Hilary Macaskill
  • Town Mouse Tom Hodgkinson
  • Country Mouse Giles Wood
  • Postcards from the Edge Mary Kenny
  • Letter from America Roger Kimball
  • Small World Jem Clarke
  • School Days Sophia Waugh
  • Quite Interesting Things about... October John Lloyd
  • God Sister Teresa
  • Funeral Service: John Charles Woodcock James Hughes-Onslow
  • The Doctor's Surgery Theodore Dalrymple
  • Readers' Letters
  • I Was Told a Joke by... Mother Teresa Veronica Whitty
  • Memory Lane
  • Media Matters Stephen Glover
  • Words and Stuff Johnny Grimond
  • Rant: Modern hotel rooms Colin Freeman
  • History David Horspool
  • Crossword
  • Bridge Andrew Robson
  • Competition Tessa Castro
  • Ask Virginia Ironside


  • Brian Glanville, king of football writers Michael Henderson
  • I hate sticky tables Charles Stewart
  • I was the Kray's lawyer Nemone Lethbridge
  • My dream cricket team Henry Blofeld
  • Julius Caesar and family Mary Beard
  • I was scammed Ruth Webster
  • Kim Philby: a traitor and a gentleman James Hanning
  • Jagger and Richards on the Stones Anthony DeCurtis
  • How bankers lost their credit Martin Vander Weyer
  • My brush with the Grim Reaper Barry Humphries
  • Gothic style, from churches to Dracula Roger Luckhurst
  • Showbiz doesn't pay Michael Simkins


  • Film: The Servant Harry Mount
  • Theatre: Mary Poppins William Cook
  • Radio Valerie Grove
  • Television Roger Lewis
  • Music Richard Osborne
  • Golden Oldies Rachel Johnson
  • Exhibitions Huon Mallalieu


  • The Amur River: Between Russia and China, by Colin Thubron Nikhil Krishnan
  • Mary Churchill's War: The Wartime Diaries of Churchill's Youngest Daughter, by Emma Soames Jane Ridley
  • The Magician, by Colm Tóibín Rupert Christiansen
  • Black Gold: The History of How Coal Made Britain, by Jeremy Paxman Kate Hubbard
  • The Letters of John McGahern, edited by Frank Shovlin Alex Clark
  • Making Nice, by Ferdinand Mount Frances Wilson


  • I'm an old youth-hostel fan William Cook
  • Overlooked Britain: Edinburgh's Café Royal Lucinda Lambton
  • On the Road: Giles Coren Louise Flind
  • Taking a Walk: The joy of Devon's fake lake Patrick Barkham


  • Gardening David Wheeler
  • Kitchen Garden Simon Courtauld
  • Cookery Elisabeth Luard
  • Restaurants James Pembroke
  • Drink Bill Knott
  • Sport Jim White
  • Motoring Alan Judd
  • Digital Life Matthew Webster
  • Money Matters Margaret Dibben
  • Getting Dressed: Catherine Llewelyn-Evans Brigid Keenan
  • Bird of the Month: Tufted Duck John McEwen