Battle of the bilge, p50

Flight of fancy, p14


Slow and steady, p49


BOOKS 24 Philip Hensher

Endless Flight, by Keiron Pim 26 Hermione Eyre

A Pocketful of Happiness, by Richard E. Grant Suzi Feay

The Romantic, by William Boyd 27 Ian Birrell

The Making of the Modern Middle East, by Jeremy Bowen 28 Richard Overy

Iron and Blood, by Peter Wilson Graham Allison

The Book of Phobias and Manias, by Kate Summerscale ARTS 32 Jonathan Meades The art of menus 34 Exhibitions Maria Bartuszova; Olga de Amaral Laura Gascoigne 35 Pop George Ezra Graeme Thomson 36 Cinema Mrs Harris Goes to Paris Deborah Ross 37 Podcasts Subversive; Know Your Enemy Angus Colwell Classical music The Makropulos Case; Philharmonia Orchestra/ Olafsson/Rouvali

‘The Man Who Tried to Kill the Stars’: a poem 30 Maggie Fergusson

Richard Bratby 38 Television

Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story; Munich Games James Delingpole 39 Theatre

Eureka Day; The Clinic Lloyd Evans 40 Australian Arts

Instruments of Dance Peter Craven


LIFE 42 High life Taki Low life Jeremy Clarke 43 Real life Melissa Kite 44 The turf Robin Oakley Bridge Susanna Gross 45 Aussie life Deb Newell

Language Kel Richards AND FINALLY . . . 41 Notes on… Tabletop games

Gus Carter 46 Chess Luke McShane

Competition Lucy Vickery 47 Crossword Pabulum 48 No sacred cows

Toby Young Battle for Britain Michael Heath 49 The Wiki Man

Rory Sutherland Your problems solved Mary Killen 50 Drink

Bruce Anderson Mind your language Dot Wordsworth 51 Republicans silver bullet

boomerangs No time for vanity issues David Flint

Bernard Cornwell, who writes about Hilary Mantel on p10, is the author of the Sharpe and Last Kingdom series.

Dan Hitchens is a former editor of the Catholic Herald. On p12 he asks why Oxford University has killed off St Benet’s Hall.

Hermione Eyre, who reviews Richard E. Grant’s memoir on p26, is the author of the novel Viper Wine and a former child actor and television critic.

Richard Overy, who writes about German militarism on p28, is a historian whose many books include extensive work on Germany in the second world war.

Maggie Fergusson’s books include George Mackay Brown: A Life and Michael Morpurgo: War Child to War Horse. She gets to grips with phobias on p30.

the spectator australia | 1 october 2022 |