Issue: January/February 2010

ONLINE ONLY: Regime Change. Nothing Else

Regime change is the only solution to the 30 year crisis in Iran

ONLINE ONLY: Peter Andre? Blame Petrarch

In a Valentine's special, Nichi Hodgson examines the inane lyrical legacy of the Renaissance sonneteer

ONLINE ONLY: A Green Light for the Opposition

As the anniversary of the Iranian revolution approaches, the opposition movement is gaining momentum 

ONLINE ONLY: Last Cake With A Russian Agent

As part of his research for this month's Dispatch from Siberia, Ben Judah interviewed Anton Surikov, a member of Russian military intelligence. It was Surikov's last interview for the western media - he died two months later in mysterious circumstances

Your Call is Important to Us

This isn't just any bureaucracy, this is M&S bureaucracy: Miriam Gross was told by the high street giant that she needn't worry about her lost card. That's when she should have started worrying.

Just Enquiry

‘Retired civil servants often bite hand that used to feed them, especially when answering questions from one of their own’

Party Lines

Daisy Waugh hears why state education is so attractive to smart West Londoners

Mary-Kay Wilmers

The editor-proprietor of the London Review of Books is clear about her prejudices. Not so clear is why the Arts Council should fund her magazine

Nancy Sladek

The editor of the Literary Review deserves praises for giving its writers a free hand — as long as they do not succumb to puffery and hype

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"