Issue: December 2017 / January 2018

Pure filth

When it comes to walking, be independent and indefatigable, like Jane Austen's heroines — and Jane Austen herself

Tunnel vision

The original designs of the Thames Tunnel were auctioned at Bonhams in London for £200,000 in November

End of the affair

Hilary Spurling's biography of Anthony Powell contains a surprising revelation: that Powell's wife had an affair during the Second World War

Brexit and Balfour

'We need a national debate about the kind of country we now hope to be; and we need it now.'

Halfway to wisdom

‘Did anyone anywhere predict that Harvey Weinstein would bring down the British
Defence Secretary? Yet people still confidently pronounce on life after Brexit’

The messy methods of macroeconomics

‘Economists’ assertion of professional status is spurious because of the utter shambles that is macroeconomics’

Collectivised clicks

‘As Silicon Valley comes to Washington, the pattern of 21st-century journalism is emerging’

Could Corbyn get the keys to No. 10?

‘The next election is due in May 2022. Does Jeremy Corbyn have any chance of becoming Prime Minister before then?’

Sex, politics and the new blasphemy

Westminster is scandalised by sexual harassment that would once have been treated as a joke. But does the nation take it quite so seriously?

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"