Issue 1254

24 Sep 2018
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Off the rails
Once they were garages and car-breakers, now they’re more likely to be breweries or butchers – but whoever the businesses occupying the north’s railway arches, they face an uncertain future now their premises have been sold off. Ciara Leeming reports. Photo and cover: Claire Griffiths

It’s complicated
Yotam Ottolenghi is one of the food scene’s most influential figures, championing Middle Eastern-inspired food. But does his new book reveal a little guilt that he’d been sending cooks out for lists of obscure ingredients as long as their arm? Sophie Haydock finds out.

Rod Stewart
One of the biggest-selling artists in the world, Rod Stewart is about to release his thirtieth album at the age of 73. In a letter to his younger self, he talks about his love of the blues, how his manager took his driving test for him and romance in a pre-#MeToo era – and reveals that Maggie May nearly didn’t see the light of day.

Plus Arts and entertainment – including a maximum-star rating for the new Christine and the Queens album – news, columnist Roger Ratcliffe on Theresa May’s shame in Salzburg, crossword, Sudoku and more.