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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: What were the Observer's Books? Reverend Steven Morris
  • Modern Life: What are the middle-aged millennials? Jessica Repetti
  • Town Mouse Tom Hodgkinson
  • Country Mouse Giles Wood
  • Postcards from the Edge Mary Kenny
  • Letter from America Philip Delves Broughton
  • Small World Jem Clarke
  • School Days Sophia Waugh
  • Quite Interesting Things about... December John Lloyd
  • God Sister Teresa
  • Memorial Service: The Marchioness of Dufferin and Ava James Hughes-Onslow
  • The Doctor's Surgery Theodore Dalrymple
  • Readers' Letters
  • I Once Met... Stevie Smith Patric Dickinson
  • Memory Lane
  • History David Horspool
  • Media Matters Stephen Glover
  • Words and Stuff Johnny Grimond
  • Rant: Patronising weather reports Robert Nurden
  • Crossword
  • Bridge Andrew Robson
  • Competition Tessa Castro
  • Ask Virginia Ironside


  • The last commuters Benedict King
  • My debt to Mr Rigsby Eric Chappell
  • Make your will now Hilary Macaskill
  • Drawing Boris Nicholas Garland
  • My gilt-edged cuttings book Ray Connolly
  • Sleepy judges Simon Brown
  • Grey's elegy: farewell to Lord Gowrie Professor Roy Foster
  • Laurence Harvey, forgotten movie star David Ambrose
  • My favourite theatres Barry Humphries
  • I'm the last of the Nigels Nigel Pullman


  • Film: Last Night in Soho Harry Mount
  • Theatre: The Shark is Broken William Cook
  • Radio Valerie Grove
  • Television Frances Wilson
  • Music Richard Osborne
  • Golden Oldies Rachel Johnson
  • Exhibitions Huon Mallalieu


  • Patricia Highsmith: Her Diaries and Notebooks 1941-1995, edited by Anna von Planta Richard Davenport-Hines
  • George V: Never a Dull Moment, by Jane Ridley Kate Hubbard
  • The Battle of London 1939-45: Endurance, Heroism and Frailty Under Fire, by Gerry White Frances Wilson
  • The Hidden Case of Ewan Forbes, by Zoë Playdon Hugo Vickers
  • How to Start Writing (and When to Stop), by Wislawa Szymborska, trans and ed by Clare Cavanaugh Paul Bailey
  • Sybil & Cyril: Cutting through Time, by Jenny Uglow Tanya Harrod
  • The Fell, by Sarah Moss Cressida Connolly


  • Into the Mani, in the footsteps of Patrick Leigh Fermor Dominic Green
  • Overlooked Britain: Belfast's Titanic charms Lucinda Lambton
  • Taking a Walk: Burnham Beeches Patrick Barkham
  • On the Road: Ranulph Fiennes Louise Flind


  • 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
  • Bird of the Month: Little Egret John McEwen