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.