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Robespierre’s Chamber Pot

Julian Barnes

Too early or too late?

David Runciman

Short Cuts: Five Victorian Marriages

Tom Crewe

Society as a Broadband Network

William Davies

Fifteen days from now

Thomas Jones

In 1348

James Meek

The Yorkists

John Guy

At the Movies: Pasolini’s ‘Teorema’

Michael Wood

Whitehall Spookery

Neal Ascherson

Poem: ‘The Bannisters’

Paul Muldoon

Clarice Lispector

Rivka Galchen

Marius Petipa

Simon Morrison

At the Foundling Museum: ‘Portraying Pregnancy’

Joanne O’Leary

Gordon v. O’Connor

Rupert Thomson


Joe Dunthorne

Poem: ‘The Reach of the Sea’

Maureen N. McLane

Diary: Where water used to be

Rosa Lyster

After DinnerPeter Riley

Leaving the George Inn to walk down
the small road to Milldale
it is so quiet as the light diminishes
pale things begin to glow on the ground.

Each tree makes a slight whispering
bat flitting over my head, gnat
attempts to enter nostril – solitary,
you are free to let your emotions expand.

Light peels off the downy slopes
green to silver. Someone has chalked
dad hurry up on the steepest
part of the road, and so this grand

Sense expands towards
people living in their structures
everywhere against each other
in a common fall

Turning at the day’s end
into the movement of the earth.
Entering sleep, knowing nothing,
the one moment free of harm.

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