Inside Issue 318 - on sale
Wednesday 7th January
• The wife who won’t stop breeding
Nicholas Farrell, 56, and his Italian wife, 42 and a devout Catholic, are
expecting their sixth child in twelve years. Farrell is in despair: he is,
he says, far too old to be the father of so many small children, and
their house, near Ravenna on Italy’s Adriatic coast, already
resembles a badly run zoo.
• The sad celebration of Gaston Glock
As a child, Nanny had drummed into Liza Campbell to stay away from
dictators, wrestlers and arms dealer. Now she finds herself a guest,
along with Rupert Everett, Naomi Campbell and the 87-year-old Jerry
Lewis, at a bizarre event hosted by the wheelchair-bound
billionaire Austrian pistol magnate and his horse-mad wife.
• The war of the bull terrier
Despite protestations to the contrary, Staffies were bred to fight. Braving a
fanged attack from the likes of the Kennel Club, Julia Lewis,
whose spaniel survived an attack, wonders how many tragedies
it will take before they are banned.
• Mr Pooter rides again
As the much-loved Diary of a Nobody returns in theatrical form, Lucy
Hughes-Hallett celebrates George and Weedon Grossmith’s
irresistible comic character.
• I Once Met Philip Larkin
Former Fleet Street arts editor Miriam Gross remembers interviewing the
supposedly lugubrious poet in the 1980s – and finding him affable, charming
Plus: Stephen Glover looks back on Alan Rusbridger’s tenure at the
Guardian; Jeremy Lewis remembers getting the sack; and
Brian Sewell reviews Antonia Fraser.
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