Issue: September 2017

The Princess and the Poet

An inscription in an old book is the clue to a lost world of literary salons and love affairs


"The weather in early November was cool enough for me to start a fire. We settled in. Old friends. Cosy. “Have any of you heard of a game called Self-Deception?” Ellie Kaplan asked."

New Poetry

New poetry by Grey Gowrie, Fiona Pitt-Kethley, and Amy Barone

Cultural Climate Change

‘The West had three master narratives: Westernisation, secularisation and
accommodation. But today each one of them is breaking down’

We Need Churchill’s Vison of Liberty More Than Ever

Freedom and democracy are under threat and the West’s response is increasingly feeble. Who is prepared to defend our fundamental values?

The Play’s The Thing, So Leave The Words Alone

Our theatre is amongst the best in the world, but prone to cheap, jarring adaptations. Classical texts, like music, should be respected

An Aesthetic and Moral Disaster

Roger Scruton introduces Syrian architect and author Marwa al-Sabouni's analysis of the root cause of the Syrian Civil War

How we Syrians destroyed our home — with your help

The roots of the civil war are not just sectarian. Neighbourhoods were broken up by well-meaning Westerners long before the present conflict

Heartless Hero for the Hipster Generation

It is a fact that a high proportion of unreliable narrators of novels are intelligent, arrogant, badly-behaved, young males.

Deep History Or Just Conspiracy?

Built on misreadings and deceptive elisions, Nancy MacLean's Democracy In Chains reframes the colourful tale of the American Right as a dank, dark conspiracy

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"