april 2021 Issue 495 £4.50

A Natural History of Music Mathew Lyons

napoleon vs the pope Munro Price The joy of wastelands Will Wiles a bangkok python Emma Larkin in search of charlotte mew Joanna Kavenna mark carney’s two cents Howard Davies


sperm count crisis • gagarin’s space odyssey • the vogue files barbara pym in love • freewheelin’ dylan • roth in the dock