june 2021 Issue 497 £4.50

Travellers in Antique Lands Sarah Watling

the end of meritocracy? Darrin M McMahon pope takes on grub street Freya Johnston the hitman cometh Jonathan Meades five minutes to armageddon Lawrence Freedman ode to orkney John Burnside


among the utopians • the sackler files • napoleon, art thief darwin’s garden • to tasmania in chains • words writ on glass