Our February issue is out now!
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The Book of Phobias and Manias: A History of Obsession by Kate Summerscale reviewed
By Maggie Fergusson
Blacksmith: Apprentice to Master: Tools & Traditions of an Ancient Craft by Alex Pole reviewed
Helene Hanff is no dry old blue-stocking: A Slightly Foxed books essay
The revival of the blacksmith’s craft — a new generation goes at it hammer and tongs
Literarily a love affair
If buttons, balloons or premature burial terrify you, rest assured you’re not alone
Thought-provoking commentary and opinion on politics, books and the arts.