Issue: July/August 2017

Building on Pevsner

Christopher Tadgell's seven-volume Architecture In Context is astonishingly ambitious, and effortlessly even-handed

Towards the end of the story

Stephen Glover's Fleet Street novel Splash! is a burlesque treat

Know your jihadi next door

The makers of a documentary about British jihadists shown on Channel 4 deserve our thanks

A vase by any other name

An exhibition lets us see objects from Matisse’s studio alongside the paintings he used them in

Unseasonal turkey

The National Theatre’s new play about Enclosure is a dud, unlike On The Town in Regent’s Park

Why I worship these local heroes

From choirs to colliery bands, the Cumnock Tryst festival celebrates the social aspect of music

Contemplating the abyss

Bruckner and Mahler were very different but their epic ninth symphonies have much in common

Draughtsman supreme

Raphael could draw like an angel, as Raphael: The Drawings at the Ashmolean, Oxford, shows

Overrated: Sadiq Khan

Sadiq Khan knows how to make himself popular, but he has a duty to open up closed Muslim communities

Underrated: Ahmed Aboutaleb

Ahmed Aboutaleb, Mayor of Rotterdam, has the courage to tackle Islamic integration and extremism head-on

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"