Inside Issue 316 - on sale Wednesday 12th of November!
• Nicholas Garland on the art of Thomas Rowlandson
The English have always delighted in finding themselves comic and this is nowhere more evident than in the work of the 18th century satirist Thomas Rowlandson. Nicholas Garland pays tribute to a a brilliant caricaturist – and a great artist.
• Sparing Rudolf Hess: what happened when Hitler’s deputy flew solo into Britain
Peter Pringle’s father was an RAF officer in the Second World War and never spoke about his service – except for one story that Pringle has, until now, never told: how his father refused an order to scramble two Spitfires from RAF Acklington to intercept a lone German Me-110 approaching the coast. The pilot was Rudolf Hess.
• The death of the sports writer by Matthew Engel
It used to be a given that sport sold newspapers and sports columnists were the stars of Fleet Street. Now, with circulations collapsing, the beancounters are cutting them down in droves. Matthew Engel laments a dying craft.
• The last judgement: Trevor Grove on being cut short in his prime
For the past fifteen years Trevor Grove has sat as a lay magistrate in north London, amassing a wealth of experience along the way. Now, at the age of seventy, and just getting into his stride, he is being forced to retire.
• The world’s dullest ghost
As we gear up for Christmas, Richard Dorment tells a remarkably unscary story about a country-house phantom that could frighten only a dog.
Plus: I Once Met Hilaire Belloc; Diana Melly on life after George; Jeremy Lewis on Charles Atlas and David Sexton on the strange phenomenon of the Kardashians