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54 The next middle class
I spent a year observing pupils at an Ilford comprehensive and met the new generation of upwardly mobile Britons. Family values, hard work and religion are all back in fashion—but not politics.
70 Tales of old cities
What does “psychogeography” mean? In the hands of Paul Auster and Iain Sinclair, it is a return to old routines.
8 Out of mind
ROBERT DRUMMOND & ALEXANDER LINKATER
When estate agents go mad.
63 Between the lines
Long live John le Carré.
18 Washington watch
Gordon Brown courts the US right— and are the Dems ﬂoundering?
Penélope Cruz’s new curves.
20 Inefﬁcient markets
72 Private view
Apple’s bully-boy tactics. FICTION
I can’t wait for the art market crash.
41 France profonde
58 The conversation
77 Musical notes
Ségolène Royal glows.
A child soldier leads a priest to speak with the devil in the African bush.
Morons at the Proms.
42 Lab report
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66 Dangerous ideals
57 Brussels diary
Nicolas Sarkozy saves Europe.
Andrew O’Hagan’s ﬁctional account of a wayward and dysfunctional priest is most striking for its discussion of the importance, and trap, of idealism.
More on the end of the Blair era from Sunder Katwala, Hugh Roberts & James Purnell. Plus replies to Danny Kruger
80 Notes from underground
67 The art of Simenon
FORTHCOMING Erik Tarloff on the US midterm elections Jeremy Isaacs on Channel 4 Allan Massie on ﬁction set in classical times
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4 Letters 6 News & Curiosities plus Enigmas & puzzles IAN STEWART 11 Numbers game THE CRUNCHER 73 Classiﬁeds 78 The generalist DIDYMUS 79 The list
Georges Simenon’s 76 Maigret novels are studies in the art of watching the world go by—and a homage to carefully nurtured intuition.
69 Dawkins the dogmatist
Richard Dawkins’s diatribe against religion doesn’t explain how faith has survived the assault of Darwinism.
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