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In the latest issue


  • The Old Un's Notes
  • Bliss on Toast Prue Leith
  • Gyles Brandreth's Diary
  • Grumpy Oldie Man Matthew Norman
  • Olden Life: What were postcards? David Abberton
  • Modern Life: What is pegging? Richard Godwin
  • Town Mouse Tom Hodgkinson
  • Country Mouse Giles Wood
  • Postcards from the Edge Mary Kenny
  • Small World Jem Clarke
  • School Days Sophia Waugh
  • Quite Interesting Things about... November John Lloyd
  • God Sister Teresa
  • Memorial Service: Lady Christie James Hughes-Onslow
  • The Doctor's Surgery Theodore Dalrymple
  • Readers' Letters
  • I Once Ran with... Roger Bannister William Wood
  • Memory Lane
  • Media Matters Stephen Glover
  • History David Horspool
  • Words and Stuff Johnny Grimond
  • Rant: COVID language David Gowan
  • Crossword
  • Bridge Andrew Robson
  • Competition Tessa Castro
  • Ask Virginia Ironside


  • I taught Christopher Hitchens John Harding
  • The Oldie of the Year Awards 2021
  • Confessions of a Co-op snob Liz Hodgkinson
  • My favourite cathedrals Simon Jenkins
  • Don't worship drug-dealers Duncan Campbell
  • Private Eye turns 60 Elisabeth Luard
  • My radio times Libby Purves
  • My dad, Adrian Bell Martin Bell
  • A lost letter by Roger Mortimer Charlie Mortimer
  • Sam Kydd, our most prolific actor Andrew Roberts
  • Mummy, I hardly knew you Barry Humphries
  • Norway's Christmas present to Britain A N Wilson


  • Film: No Time to Die Harry Mount
  • Theatre: Blithe Spirit William Cook
  • Radio Valerie Grove
  • Television Frances Wilson
  • Music Richard Osborne
  • Golden Oldies Bob Cooper
  • Exhibitions Huon Mallalieu


  • Noble Ambitions: The Fall and Rise of the Post-War Country House, by Adrian Tinniswood Nicola Shulman
  • George III: The Life and Reign of Britain's Most Misunderstood Monarch, by Andrew Roberts Hamish Robinson
  • The Young H G Wells: Changing the World, by Claire Tomalin John Batchelor
  • Stars and Spies: Intelligence Operations and the Entertainment Business, by Christopher Andrew and Julius Green Alan Judd
  • A Carnival of Snackery: Diaries 2003-2020, by David Sedaris Maureen Freely
  • Orwell's Roses, by Rebecca Solnit Isabel Bannerman
  • Silverview, by John le Carré Nikhil Krishnan


  • Treasure Islands: the Scillies Tanya Gold
  • Overlooked Britain: Towering Blackpool Lucinda Lambton
  • On the Road: William Dalrymple Louise Flind
  • Taking a Walk: Norfolk's Ice Age pingos Patrick Barkham


  • Gardening David Wheeler
  • Kitchen Garden Simon Courtauld
  • Cookery Elisabeth Luard
  • Restaurants James Pembroke
  • Drink Bill Knott
  • Sport Jim White
  • Motoring Alan Judd
  • Digital Life Matthew Webster
  • Money Matters Margaret Dibben
  • Getting Dressed: Sir Hayden Phillips Brigid Keenan
  • Bird of the Month: Greenfinch John McEwen