Glamorous Peckham, p45
An education in laughter, p36
The changing face of Pedro Almodóvar, p42
5 Leading article 8 Portrait of the Week 11 Diary Alexander Chancellor 12 Politics James Forsyth 13 The Spectator’s Notes 16 Barometer 17 Rod Liddle 20 Ancient and modern 25 Hugo Rifkind 27 Letters 28 Any other business Merryn Somerset Webb
Deborah Ross and Martin Vander Weyer return next week.
BOOKS & ARTS
AFTER GADDAFI 14 Libya’s chance Will the new nation be worthy of the struggle against Gaddafi? Justin Marozzi 15 Don’t thank Obama He failed the Libyans
Andrew Roberts 16 Democracy? What about oil? Give us commercially savvy diplomacy Christopher Meyer
18 Beauty besmirched Wind power vs national heritage
Michael McMahon 20 Phone Hacking, Inc Inside the privacy-invasion industry
Simon Wessely 26 Borneo notebook Jesse Norman Boks 30 Sam Leith The History of England, Volume I, by Peter Ackroyd; A Short History of England, by Simon Jenkins 32 Kathy O’Shaughnessy The Last Hundred Days, by Patrick McGuinness Connie Bensley ‘The Body in the Library’: a poem Ian Thomson The Last Ambassador, by Tina Tamman 33 Sarah Burton Stealing Rembrandts, by Anthony M. Amore and Tom Mashberg; Art Theft and the Case of the Stolen Turners, by Sandy Nairne 34 Jane Ridley The Last Colonial, by Christopher Ondaatje 35 Charlotte Moore We Are Beseiged, by Barbara Fitzgerald Bookends Mark Mason 36 A.N. Wilson Mr Tibbits’s Catholic School, by Ysenda Maxtone Graham
Frank M.Ahearn 23 Marine Le Pen speaks An interview with the FN leader
Joseph A. Harriss 18 Mind the gap Psychiatry, neurology and ME
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the spectator | 27 August 2011 | www.spectator.co.uk An ABC of grade inflation, p16 and p60
Going down a storm, p43
Arts 39 Lloyd Evans The insane merriment of the world’s largest and wackiest festival 40 Fringe Round-up
Lloyd Evans 41 Music
Michael Tanner 42 Cinema The Skin I Live In
Rebecca Nicholson 43 Exhibitions Treasures of Heaven; Forests, Rocks,
Torrents: Norwegian and Swiss Landscape Paintings Andrew Lambirth 44 Radio Kate Chisholm 45Television James Delingpole Culture notes Peter Robins Travel 47 When the ships come in Ullapool’s big day Mary Wakefield 48 Whisky choice Jonathan Ray 49 Genteel Glasgow It exists! Bruce Anderson Life 51 High life Taki Low life Jeremy Clarke 52 Real life Melissa Kite 53 Motoring Alan Judd 53 Bridge Susanna Gross And finaly . . . 58 Chess Raymond Keene 59 Competition; Crossword 60Status anxiety Toby Young Dave Michael Heath 61 The Wiki Man
Rory Sutherland Your problems solved Mary Killen 61 Drink Bruce Anderson Mind your language Dot Wordsworth
I don’t foresee Libya’s triumphant Islamists joining Mandelson in a shooting party, unless they strap Semtex to their chests first Rod Liddle, p17
Dead young people are so much easier to project your fantasies of greatness on to than people who are alive and fat and ageing James Delingpole, p45
As the yobs were getting stuck in, I was breaking the speed limit. No prizes for guessing who got the swiftest punishment Melissa Kite, p52
Justin Marozzi is the author of South from Barbary: Along the Slave Routes of the Libyan Sahara. Simon Wessely is Professor and Head of the Department of Psychological Medicine and Vice Dean of the Institute of
Psychiatry at King’s College London. Sam Leith’s You Talking to Me? Rhetoric from Aristotle to Obama will be published in October.
the spectator | 27 August 2011 | www.spectator.co.uk
Andrew Roberts’s books include A History of the English-Speaking Peoples Since 1900 and Masters and Commanders.
Charlotte Moore’s Milicent’s Book, based on the 19thcentury diaries of a teenage girl, is published next month.