Issue: April 2020

Dress sense

‘My own red carpet days have long since mutated into brown lino nights, but looking back at the times I borrowed a designer frock for a nomination, I usually spent the evening feeling faintly immoral’

Infectious enthusiasms

Hard times on stage—and off it

A breath of fresh paint

A revival in figurative art and the changing face of portraiture

A boy’s own adventure

Privileged images: the photography of Jacques Henri Lartigue

Well-tempered tones

A celebration of Sufi sounds in Rajasthan offers much to treasure

Toponymic subjugation

Excessive politeness by Britons is making a mess of place names at home and abroad

Defeat begets defeat for Britain’s cloth-eared Left

The censorious culture of the liberal Left is hostile to freedom of expression. The fate of the trans-rights movement evinces this pointless politics

A hinge in history

The tumult in Kiev 15 years ago seemed a victory for progress and idealism—but the Orange Revolution marked the furthest point of democracy’s advance

Robert Conquest: Garland for a Propagandist

The Commissar of Bray: Robert Conquest satirises Communist hackery

Beyond the Thirty-Nine Steps

John Buchan was a writer with a rich hinterland—and an affection for “shockers”

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"