Issue: April 2009

Bowled by a Bounder

Standpoint's Mole in English cricket dissects an institution dazzled by the prospect of big money

Spring Books: Old Books

Anthony Daniels on the joys of of browsing second-hand bookshops; Christopher Edwards on the life of an antiquarian bookseller

Taking Research for Granted

British universities need to become more like America’s if they want to keep the best scientists

How to Play the Game

In sport, it’s not just knowing how to lose that’s important, it’s also knowing how to win

Party Lines

Daisy Waugh eavesdrops on the chattering classes

Baroque’s Time to Roll

A new exhibition at the V&A seeks to rehabilitate a style that sought to inspire wonder and awe

Net Losses in the Newsroom

TV journalists should start to worry. Their fate may be as grim as that of the press

Mesmeric Modulations

Two 19th-century novels reveal contrasting attitudes to music and its place in Jewish culture

Must Adoption be Such an Ordeal?

Good people are being prevented from adopting not only because of who they are but because of what they think

Why Adam Smith Still Matters

Keynes may be the flavour of the month but the Sage of Kirkcaldy’s insights are more valuable than ever

Underrated: Abroad

The ravenous longing for the infinite possibilities of “otherwhere”

The king of cakes

"Yuletide revels were designed to see you through the dark days — and how dark they seem today"