Issue: October 2009

Warmed Over

Environmentalists have hijacked a brilliant book and manipulated it for their own cause

The Later Yeats

A new poem by Clive James

New Poems

Three new poems by Peter Porter

Bloodstained Chancer

Trotsky: A Biography by Robert Service

Entrenched Enemies

The American Civil War: A Military History by John Keegan

Poetic Justice

Opal Sunset: Selected Poems 1958-2008 and The Revolt of the Pendulum: Essays 2005-2008 by Clive James

The Joke is On the Viewers

Ant and Dec rigged their game shows, but the fans have left them off the hook

Gauche Ghosts

May '68 was supposed to be the start of something new in France. But why did it all go so wrong?

Train Crash and Mother’s Ruin

Seventy years after the start of the Second World War, two pre-war plays still resonate

An autumn note

“For many, the end of this uneasy year cannot come quickly enough”

An ordinary killing

Ian Cobain’s book uses the killing of Millar McAllister to paint a meticulous portrait of the Troubles

Greater—not wiser

John Mullan elucidates the genius of Charles Dickens