Issue 1405

01 Nov 2021
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About this issue: Overview

Return to the old Normal
He’s perhaps best known now for producing The Royle Family and Gavin and Stacey but Henry Normal is returning to his first love, poetry, for his next venture. He tells Richard Smirke why he loves the purity of solo working.

Ideas to the four 
The arid philosophy of the 1940s was doing little to account for the horrors of the Holocaust, Stalinism and nuclear weapons. It took four women at Oxford University to inject morality back into the discipline. Benjamin Lipscomb explains their significance.

Autumn walks
Want spectacular coastal views, elevated canal locks or the site of Luddite meetings? Roger Ratcliffe has these and more features on his four great walks for the autumn.


News, arts and entertainment, columnist Roger Ratcliffe on COP26, actor Mark Strong’s letter to his younger self, crossword, Sudoku and more.