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Features | November Issue

A look at what's included in the latest issue...

Welcome to the November issue of The Oldie – an interview special.

At the age of 90, Bernard Cribbins has published his memoirs and tells William Cook he’s still available for work. Cribbins has done it all: the King of Jackanory, co-star of Peter Sellers, top ten pop star…

Judith Kerr has gone even further. At 95, the author of The Tiger Who Came To Tea tells Valerie Grove about her new book, Mummy Time, a modern tale of mums addicted to their mobiles.

Maggi Hambling shows Andrew Lambirth her new portraits – of herself, the artist Sarah Lucas and the late Sebastian Horsley, dandy and man about town.

Mark Greaves tracks down Britain’s most sociable hermit.

Bond Girl Madeline Smith recalls Roger Moore unzipping her dress with his magnetic watch in Live and Let Die.

And, in our cover story, Jonathan Meades gives Burne-Jones and the Pre-Raphaelites a close examination – and finds them wanting.

Harry Mount, Editor, The Oldie

See the full table of contents here, with all our regulars, book and arts reviews.

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Below you will find links to five FULL teaser articles but other highlights include.....


Bernard Cribbins on writing his memoirs as he turns 90William Cook

Assessing Burne-JonesJonathan Meades

The sociable hermit Mark Greaves

The art of Maggi HamblingAndrew Lambirth

Why are we so fussy about food? Lucy Deedes LISTEN TO THE DISCUSSION

Judith Kerr – still writing at 95Valerie Grove


Ear Infection had me spinning like a top Raymond Briggs

One man could have saved Newsnight – Media Matters, Stephen Glover

Show of Solidarity - The Way We Live Now, Dafydd Jones

What didn't happen in Vegas – Letter from America, Melik Kaylan

Women are best at everything, except... – Grumpy Oldie Man, Matthew Norman

I was a bit of a goer, apparentlyAnne Robinson

A dashed silly idea, Wodehouse – Gyles Brandreth’s Diary

Let’s call time on all this clock-changing – Postcards from the Edge, Mary Kenny

We’ve been through Brexit before – History, David Horspool

Ditch the car, save money and get on your bike – Town Mouse, Tom Hodgkinson

Four go slobbing in cleanest Cornwall – Country Mouse, Giles Wood

The ideal school for scoundrels – School Days, Sophia Waugh

My online search for a son-in-law – Home Front, Alice Pitman

Homeless till I dieWilfred De’Ath

Christopher Matthew: Now we are 79, dress like Alan Bennett Brigid Keenan

Macca and Rod? I like a bit of naff – Golden Oldies, Rachel Johnson

My love-hate relationship with English – Words and Stuff, Johnny Grimond

A big splash of art nouveau – Overlooked Britain, Lucinda Lambton

St Paul’s tips for finding Mr Right – God, Sister Teresa

Sir Roger Bannister, 1929-2018 – Memorial Service, James Hughes-Onslow Nothing beats the beetles - Profitable Wonders, James Le Fanu Our new superhero... Data Woman – Digital Life, Matthew Webster Taxman watches every move you make – Money Matters, Margaret Dibben A lethal case of impenetrable prose – The Doctor's Surgery - Theodore Dalrymple Pied Wagtail – Bird of the Month, John McEwen Ask Virginia Ironside


The Old Un's Notes

Modern Life: What is the Deep State? David Oldroyd-Bolt READ THE FULL ARTICLE

I Once Kissed Roger Moore Madeline Smith LISTEN TO THE DISCUSSION

Memory Lane

Readers’ Letters

Rant on Men in Trainers Janet Lougee

Bridge Andrew Robson

Competition Tessa Castro



Philip Delves Broughton on Vietnam – An Epic Tragedy 1945-1975 by Max Hastings READ THE FULL ARTICLE

Robert Tombs on John Law: A Scottish Adventurer of the Eighteenth Century by James Buchan

Hamish Robinson on More Dashing: Further Letters of Patrick Leigh Fermor, selected and edited by Adam Sisman

Edward Behrens on Oscar: A Life by Matthew Sturgis

Lucy Lethbridge on The Langu age of Kindness: A Nurse’s Story by Christie Watson

Minoo Dinshaw on Thomas Cromwell: A Life by Diarmaid MacCulloch

Cressida Connolly on Transcription by Kate Atkinson


On the Road: Edward FoxLouise Flind

Napoleon's worldAdam Zamoyski

Rhode Island Harry Mount

Reader TripCinque Terre and the Italian Riviera with Charlie Hall, June 27th-July 4th, 2019

Where greyhounds may safely leap – Overlooked Britain, Lucinda Lambton

New dawn in the East End – Taking a Walk, Patrick Barkham


Film – King of Thieves (15) and A Simple Flavour (15) – Marcus Berkmann

Theatre – Antony and Cleopatra, Paul Bailey

Radio – Today, Start the Week, Any Questions, In Our Time, Desert Island Discs, The World at One, PM, Cassandras of the Crash, After the Crash, The Bailout – Valerie Grove

Television – Vanity Fair, Bodyguard, Wanderlust, Killing Eve, Michael Palin in North Korea – Roger Lewis

Music – Edinburgh's Lows and Highs – Richard Osborne

ExhibitionsKlimt/Schiele - Drawings from the Albertina Museum - Royal Academy, 4th November to 3rd February, Huon Mallalieu READ THE FULL ARTICLE


Gardening – Going Dutch, David Wheeler

Kitchen Garden – Celeriac, Simon Courtauld

Cookery A Woman's Touch of Genius, Elisabeth Luard READ THE FULL ARTICLE

Restaurants – Vinoteca, London and Gardener's Cottage, Edinburgh, James Pembroke

Drink – A miracle! The worst wine is turned into great Cognac, Bill Knott

Sport – Is football coming home? Jim White

Motoring – Going electric, Alan Judd

Last month's most read online

1. Happy 100th birthday to the Queen Mother's right-hand womanHarry Mount

2. The Oldie scoop that exposed Jimmy SavileMiles Goslett

3. A Sign of These Dreadful TimesNigel Summerley

4. How Giles Wood Wastes His Gogglebox CashGiles Wood

5. What's Boris Really Like?Harry Mount

Last month's most listened to

1. Kenneth Cranham on Harold Pinter _ Ten years after Harold Pinter's death – and on the eve of a new West End Pinter season – actor Kenneth Cranham remembers his friend's advice on how to understand and act in his works

2. Filming If... David Wood – who played Johnny in if... – in conversation with Valerie Grove, as the film celebrates its fiftieth anniversary

3. Soho's Golden AgeChristopher Howse recalls the heyday of London’s boozy artistic bohemia – from the Forties to the Eighties. In conversation with Harry Mount.

4. Sara Wheeler on Anton Chekhov's GardenSara Wheeler on Anton Chekhov’s Russian garden, where he wrote The Seagull and which has now been copied in Devon

5. Ask Virginia - The Oldie’s Agony Aunt, the stand-up, novelist and columnist Virginia Ironside, opens up about solving reader conundrums, something she has done now for nearly 40 years.

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