Business demystified, p32
The women of Mad Men, p55
5 Leading article 9 Portrait of the Week 11 Diary William Boyd 12 Politics James Forsyth 13 The Spectator’s Notes 23 Rod Liddle 26 Ancient and modern 28 Hugo Rifkind 30 Letters 32 Any other business Martin Vander Weyer
James Delingpole and Barometer return next week.
14 Battle of the generations Is it the baby-boomers’ job to pay for the deficit? Yes, says Daniel Knowles. No, says Carol Sarler 15 Peter Bland ‘Stalker’: a poem 17 A new Argy-bargy Fresh trouble over the Falklands?
John Simpson 18 The return of Sarkozy How a crisis has revived his hopes
Patrick Marnham 20 Little Pyongyang North Korean dissidents in London
Oliver Lewis 22 The scholarship society
Making private schools meritocratic Peter Lampl 26 Lost faith Forgotten truths about the C of E
BOOKS & ARTS
Books 34 Philip Hensher In the Shadow of the Sword, by Tom Holland 36 Richard Davenport-Hines The
Hanging Garden, by Patrick White Dalibor Rohac An Economist
Gets Lunch, by Tyler Cowen 37 Andrew Lambirth Prunella
Clough, by Frances Spalding 38 Molly Guinness That’s Disgusting,
by Rachel Hertz 39 Robert Chandler on two concise histories of Russia 40 Graham Stewart
Luck, by Ed Smith 41 Sophia Waugh Painter of Silence,
by Georgina Harding 42 Jonathan Mirsky The Meadow, by
Adrian Levy and Cathy Scott-Clark Stephen Romer
‘Kettle’s Yard’: a poem 43 William Leith Circulation,
by Thomas Wright
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the spectator | 31 march 2012 | www.spectator.co.uk The blossoming of Rose Wylie, p48
Big top opera, p50
44 James Walton Azazeel, by Youssef Ziedan Ian Thomson Under the Same Stars, by Tim Lott 45 Anne Chisholm No Time Like the
Present, by Nadime Gordimer Bookends Dan Jones
Arts 47 Kate Chisholm The People’s Passion on Radio 4
brings cathedrals back into the heart of our communities 48 Exhibitions Rose Wylie
Andrew Lambirth 50 Opera Circus Tricks;
Acante and Céphise Michael Tanner 52 Theatre A Walk on Part
Lloyd Evans 53 Cinema Switch
Deborah Ross 55 Television Tim Stanley 57 Radio Kate Chisholm Culture notes Andrew Petrie
Life 61 High life Taki Low life Jeremy Clarke 62 Real life Melissa Kite 63 Wild life Aidan Hartley 64 The turf Robin Oakley Bridge Susanna Gross
And finaly . . . 66 Chess Raymond Keene 67 Competition; Crossword 68 Status anxiety Toby Young Dave Michael Heath 69 The Wiki Man Rory Sutherland Your problems solved Mary Killen 70 Drink Bruce Anderson Mind your language Dot Wordsworth
Tories are privately briefing that Peter Cruddas is a ‘barrow boy’ who is not much use at fund-raising. What bastards they can be Charles Moore, p13
Mortal sins were not always agreed upon: Islamic scholars believed Sodom was destroyed because its inhabitants farted in public Philip Hensher, p35
This narrative follows no known logic: not internal, not external, not even the sort that dithers out on the patio and has a smoke while trying to make up its mind. Deborah Ross, p53
Contributors eith Ward was formerly Regius Professor of Divinity at Oxford and Canon of Christ Church, Oxford.
Robert Chandler’s translations from the Russian include Vasily Grossman’s Life and Fate, Pushkin’s The Captain’s Daughter and Leskov’s Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk.
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James Walton presents The Write Stuff on BBC Radio 4 and is the author of Sonnets, Bonnets and Bennetts: A Literary Quiz.
Dan Jones’s latest book is Summer of Blood: The Peasants’ Revolt of 1381.
Tim Stanley is a historian at Oxford University, a Telegraph blogger, and the author of the new book The Crusader: The Life and Times of Pat Buchanan.