from the magazine

Short Read: for her theatre highlight, Isabel Lloyd picks Gillian Anderson as a crumpled Southern belle

Eat Their Words: Josie Delap relishes a no-nonsense approach to cooking that believes anyone can make something good

Where the Wild Things Are: for this elegant bird, romance is for life and all its world is a stage. Patrick Morris watches a Japanese icon put on a show

The Wine-List Inspector: Poland's first Michelin-starred restaurant offers Tim Atkin a nice glass of Merlot with his spare rib

Theme of the Week…Italy

It’s firmly on the tourist circuit, yet visiting is very different from living there. John Hooper has come to see it as a city of many layers, where nothing can be taken for granted

Inspiring Women: the physicist Fabiola Gianotti was deeply influenced by the dedication of her compatriot, the Nobel prizewinner Rita Levi-Montalcini

A good drink looks hard to find in this city—until Tim Atkin discovers a former wine bar with junk-shop décor

Lipsmacking: Kassia St Clair discovers the best gnocchi in Florence at Osteria Santo Spirito

  • THE PAINTINGS OF PENZANCE

    Authors on Museums: small and intimate, Penlee House is a gallery in tune with its Cornish setting—and the weather. For Jim Crace, it has even become central to his marriage read more »
  • BORN AGAIN, STILL ON THE CELLO

    Short Read: for his classical music highlight, Michael Church picks a cellist who had to teach himself a second time read more »
  • SOUNDING OUT HEADPHONES

    The Sceptical Shopper: over-priced accessory, or a must for the music lover? Our undercover expert tests Beats and its rivals read more »
  • TIM SMIT'S SEVEN WONDERS

    Dutch-born, English-educated, Tim Smit was an archaeologist and a record producer before moving to Cornwall, restoring the Lost Gardens of Heligan and dreaming up the Eden Project. Now 59, he dislikes flying but still gets to some far-flung places read more »
  • COOL AND COMPOSED IN CITRUS

    Man in a Suit: Julian Wild, a sculptor who “doodles in 3D”, gets a two-piece worth modelling read more »
  • JEAN OF ARK

    Fifty years ago, an ex-naval officer invited two men with mental disabilities to live with him. Now L’Arche has communities all over the world. Maggie Fergusson talks to its founder, Jean Vanier read more »
  • TAKING THE OBLONG VIEW

    Applied Fashion: the time is right, Rebecca Willis believes, for the most useful summer garment of all—a simple rectangle of cloth
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  • YOUNG PEOPLE, OLD ENGLAND

    There’s the beach, and then there’s the English seaside. In her photo essay, Sheila Rock views it through American eyes, as “a forgotten England”, she tells Jasper Rees read more »
  • THE VITAL INGREDIENT

    My Madeleine: as a child in rural China in the 1980s, Xiaolu Guo was worm-riddled and always hungry. For fortification, she turned to the veins of a pig read more »
  • THE BOY WHO GREW UP IN PUBLIC

    Short Read: for his pick of the best film, Nicholas Barber chooses a coming-of-age story that was 12 years in the making read more »