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26 April 2023

Subscriber of the week: James Simister

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What do you do?

I am a history tutor and lecturer.

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How long have you been a subscriber?

Nine years.

What made you start?

A friend kept lending me his copy.

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This article appears in the 26 Apr 2023 issue of the New Statesman, The New Tragic Age