In this week's magazine

Spring Double Issue
18 April - 1 May 2014

**100 pages of great writing**

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Hilary Mantel: The double-Booker-winning novelist talks to the NS about the perils of being a female public figure with an opinion, finishing her Cromwell trilogy, and writing for the stage

Rafael Behr on Ukip: Militant England is on the march

Vince Cable: What makes us human?

Spring reflections from Karl Ove Knausgaard, Alexander McCall Smith, Katherine Swift and Adam Foulds

From the archive: H G Wells meets Stalin in 1934

Samira Shackle meets a Syrian activist who has sought asylum in the UK



“Driftwood Houses”: A new poem by Clive James

Me, me, me: Andrew Marr on a new history of the self-portrait

Helen Lewis on the debut novels of the “Tartan Beebists”
Kirsty Wark and James Naughtie

 “The Pier Falls”: a gripping new short story by Mark Haddon

John Banville on Samuel Beckett’s previously
unpublished novella Echo’s Bones

Drawing with scissors: Craig Raine reviews “Henri Matisse: the Cut-Outs”

John Niven on Britpop at 20: my part in music’s last great gold rush

Rachel Cooke reviews the BBC’s damp take on Jamaica Inn



George Eaton: No political party is immune from leadership speculation

David Baddiel's Diary: Turning 50, Chelsea's win and Twitter pitfalls

Kevin McKenna: Scottish Nationalists must lose their victim complex

Lucy Winkett “Ofgod”, the independent church watchdog

Jason Cowley on the rise of Sajid Javid

The NS columnist Tracey Thorn’s secret recipe for a successful relationship

Laurie Penny on digital mourning and internet grief

Will Self: Why breakfast cereals are the
“great granular underlay” of civilisation

Ed Smith on middle-class babies and the pram in the hallway

Commons Confidential: Kevin Maguire shares the latest gossip from Westminster



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