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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 by Grey Gowrie, Fiona Pitt-Kethley, and Amy Barone
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
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
John Mullan elucidates the genius of Charles Dickens