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27 January 2021

Subscriber of the week: John Adcock

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What do you do?

A lecturer with the Open University.

Where do you live?

Ashtead, Surrey.

Do you vote?


How long have you been a subscriber?

Just starting my third year.

What made you start?

The Christmas 2018 special.

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Is the NS bug in the family?

My wife enjoys a browse.

What pages do you flick to first?

The Q&A for nuggets of wisdom, then front to back.

How do you read yours?

Through the week, with tea.

What would you like to see more of in the NS?

Articles like the one William Boyd wrote on the literary style of John le Carré.

Who are your favourite NS writers?

David Reynolds, Richard J Evans, Jason Cowley, Tracey Thorn.

Who would you put on the cover of the NS?

Jacinda Ardern.

With which political figure would you least like to be stuck in a lift?

At present, any of them.

All-time favourite NS article?

Laura Spinney on the second Covid wave from May 2020.

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This article appears in the 27 Jan 2021 issue of the New Statesman, The Lost