november 2020 Issue 491 £4.50

What the Cat Saw Kathryn Hughes

miracle in lisbon Alberto Manguel a misanthrope writes Stephen Romer who rules pakistan? Farzana Shaikh how autism made us Paul Broks mad on everest Dan Richards

when iran loved america • polymaths or posers? • demon books sybille bedford’s trials • rebels & libels • meet the goncourts