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1412 STILL WITH US…PETER USBORNE Sarah Shannon talks to the children’s book publisher

18 WAITING FOR THE BIRD Ursula Holden on her literary heroine Jean Rhys

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Cover illustration by: Alan de la Nougerede

42 THE SOHO LITERARY FESTIVAL Report and photos from our first literary festival

3238 SUPER MARIO Penny Wark meets legendary Soho café owner Mario Forte

20 THE FALL OF TRIPOLI Andrew Hosken reports on the aftermath

Andrew Hosken reports on the aftermath

34 REMEMBERING CAP’N BOB Bill Hagerty on the life and death of Robert Maxwell

COME TO OUR CARTOON & ILLUSTRATION

WORKSHOP See page 50

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48 FRONT LINE ON THE HOME FRONT Leslie Leney remembers the Royal Observer Corps

Leslie Leney remembers the Royal Observer Corps

IN PRAISE OF FAILURE

53 IN PRAISE OF FAILURE Stephen Pile, chronicler of the abysmal, brings us up to speed

53 Stephen Pile, chronicler of the abysmal, brings us up to speed

Eddie the Eagle: see page 53

Eddie the Eagle: see page 53