A £50,000 player, p42
3 Leading article 7 Portrait of the Week 9 Diary Tom Hollander 10 Politics James Forsyth 11 The Spectator’s Notes 17 Rod Liddle 20 Barometer 21 Matthew Parris 23 James Delingpole 24 Letters 30 Any other business Martin Vander Weyer
How to beat the drop, p28
Smokin’ ladies, p20
12 In praise of British men The author eats her words
Leah McLaren 14 Savile Row revolutionary Bo Xilai was a charming princeling
John Simpson 16 Reasons to kill a prime minister Spencer Perceval’s many enemies
Andro Linklater 18 Roy of the readers My friend the England manager
Michael Henderson 20 Dead pretty Why shouldn’t cigarettes be pink?
Claire Fox 22 Digging deeper What Mary Beard brings to TV
Peter Jones 25 Investment special
Judi Bevan, Alex Brummer and Tim Price
BOOKS & ARTS
Books 32 Polly Toynbee The New Few,
by Ferdinand Mount 34 Margaret Drabble AnAcademic Question,
by Barbara Pym Justin Cartwright Pure, by Timothy Mo 35 Lewis Jones
Dreaming in French, by Alice Kaplan; As Consciousness is Harnessed to Flesh, by Susan Sontag 37 Bookends
Marcus Berkmann 38 Sophia Waugh The Red House, by Mark Haddon 39 Emma Clark Sacred Land, by Martin Palmer
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the spectator | 5 may 2012 | www.spectator.co.uk The man who built Aslan, p41
Zoffany, lusciously, p43
Arts 41 Interview
Tom Scutt, designer of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe Lloyd Evans 42 Music Peter Phillips 43 Exhibitions Johan Zoffany RA:
Society Observed Andrew Lambirth 44 Theatre
Shipwreck Trilogy Patrick Carnegy 45 Making Noise Quietly; South
Downs/The Browning Version Lloyd Evans 46 Cinema Monsieur Lazhar
Deborah Ross Dance Compass;
The Importance of Being Earnest Michael Tanner 48 Television Simon Hoggart 49 Radio Kate Chisholm Culture notes George Hull Life 53 High life Taki Low life Jeremy Clarke 55 Real life Melissa Kite 56 Long life Alexander Chancellor 57 Bridge Janet de Botton And finaly . . . 58 Chess Raymond Keene 59 Competition; Crossword 60Status anxietyTobyYoung Dave Michael Heath 61 Sport RogerAlton Your problems solved Mary Killen 62FoodTanya Gold Mind your language
A Streetcar Named Desire Giannandrea Poesio 47 Opera The Flying Dutchman;
Street lighting vulgarises a village, and the smartest places are the darkest Matthew Parris, p21
As architecture is the noblest art, so pastry is the noblest form of architecture Antonin Carême, p35
It was one of those depressing parties where the illegal drugs are taken secretly by a select few in a bedroom. I wasn’t invited in Jeremy Clarke, p53
Leah McLaren is a columnist for the Toronto Globe and Mail, and the author of a 2002 Spectator cover story on the ineptitude of Englishmen. In this week’s cover story, she explains why she was wrong.
Claire Fox is director of the Institute of Ideas and a panellist on BBC Radio 4’s The Moral Maze. On p. 20, she defends her right to smoke.
the spectator | 5 may 2012 | www.spectator.co.uk
Polly Toynbee is a columnist for the Guardian and author of Hard Work: Life in Low-pay Britain. On p. 32, she assesses Ferdinand Mount’s views of social inequality.
Margaret Drabble’s latest book is The Pattern in the Carpet. On p. 34, she reviews the lost Barbara Pym novel An Academic Question, which its author described as ‘a sort of Margaret Drabble effort’.
Emma Clark is the author of The Art of the Islamic Garden. She reviews Martin Clark’s latest work on religion and the English landscape on p. 39.