from the magazine

The creator of Botswana’s first fictional lady detective talks to his fellow novelist Justin Cartwright about a fondness for cheerful Aussies and colonial cocktails

Short Read: this autumn, several London shows are hopping the pond to America. Isabel Lloyd chooses the highlights

Flaubert’s ageless anti-heroine is back in two new films. But who was she? Julie Kavanagh sets out to establish which of the women in Flaubert's life was the real Emma Bovary

Short Read: for his pick of the talks, Anthony Gardner recommends a season of debates by Intelligence Squared in London, New York and Sydney

Theme of the week...Scotland

On the Orkney Islands, the independence debate differs from that on the mainland. In the run-up to the referendum, Morag MacInnes gives a local's view

Authors on Museums: the novelist Andrew O'Hagan spent long hours at Kelvingrove, Glasgow as a teenage truant. Its treasures taught him things that school never could

A Walk on the Wild Side: For the second in his series of walks, Robert Macfarlane catches a sleeper to the mountains of western Scotland

On the eve of the Scottish referendum the inhabitants of Eigg are in high spirits. Kathleen Jamie visits and takes a shower by starlight

  • THE ANTI-CHAMELEON

    At the Cinema Special: Philip Seymour Hoffman left behind one last great performance, in “A Most Wanted Man”. Tom Shone shows how he fits into a long line of film stars who have done two things extremely well read more »
  • LEONARD COHEN'S HALL OF FAME

    Visual CV: a late starter in music, he has made up for it with a blazing Indian summer. And now he is 80. Tim de Lisle traces the arc of a songwriter’s songwriter read more »
  • THE THINKING MAN'S LAIR

    Landscapes of the Mind: Sherlock’s home is so vividly depicted, it lures Robert Macfarlane out of the open air read more »
  • SURF AND TURF CATALAN-STYLE

    Lipsmacking: Alex Renton savours the salty-sweetness of clams with ham in a tiny Barcelona bar read more »
  • REINVENTING THE ROCK DOC

    Short Read: for his cinema highlight, Nicholas Barber picks a film featuring Nick Cave that coasts between fiction and fact read more »
  • THE BIG QUESTION: WHAT'S THE POINT?

    Does life have a meaning? We asked seven writers, including Philip Pullman and Elizabeth Kolbert, to search their souls—here are their answers read more »
  • IF THE BOOT FITS

    Applied Fashion Special: sick of searching for the boot to end all boots, Rebecca Willis went to the top: shoe designer Tracey Neuls. Together they created the perfect answer—well, almost read more »
  • HE THREW AWAY REALISM

    Inspiring Innovators: Felix Barrett, founder of Punchdrunk, credits Edward Gordon Craig with shaping our understanding of theatre today read more »
  • AN AMERICAN WOMAN IN SPACE

    Inspiring Innovators: the computer scientist Daphne Koller admires the courage and modesty of Sally Ride  read more »
  • GASTRONOMY'S PUNK ROCKER

    Inspiring Innovators: René Redzepi of Noma was driven to succeed by Wylie Dufresne's fearless attitude to food—and their shared desire to surprise people read more »