Adnan Sarwar

Adnan Sarwar

The writer and former British soldier on poetry in translation, Hemingway in Cuba, and fighting in Syria

Food & Drink

Riesling grapes illustration ©Ingram Pinn
I want to draw your attention to the world’s greatest white wine grape. It expresses place more eloquently than any other
Joseph’s bakery and adjacent bistro ©Gregor Graf
Weghaupt has stylishly created what could be a blueprint for the Viennese café of the future
Rowley Leigh's cuttlefish stew with beets, chilli and orange ©Andy Sewell
I can think of nothing marine that stands up to long cooking or yields so much to a stew as the cuttlefish
©Luis Grañena

How to travel: my rules

The ideal – admittedly impossible – is to arrive fully informed yet with no preconceptions

An illustration of a man looking at a machine
©Shonagh Rae

A peek into the IMF machine

Ahamed lifts the lid on the subtle symbols that signal hierarchy, tribal affiliation and power

illus dinner conversation
©Lucas Varela

One-way conversations? Blame social media

The rules of reciprocity appear to have been set aside. Today one does not so much converse as take oral selfies

Tyler Brule: The Fast Lane

The Fast Lane: A bad nose for business

Monocle’s editor-in-chief answers some of the frequently asked questions by the readers

Harry Eyres: The Slow Lane

The Slow Lane: A love letter to Scotland

Scotland contrasted so absolutely with the smug, green blandness of southern England

The devil may care

Is that what the church is doing, rebranding the devil as a nasty whiff?

Ludovic Hunter-Tilney

When violence gets real

When the bloodletting is too violent, there is an outcry – but that obscures an underlying acceptance

Jeremy Langmead

Jeremy Langmead: Inside my fashion house

The fashion for florals is currently as popular for sofas or curtains as it is for men’s shorts or blazers

Seismology: Oklahoma quakes linked to drilling

A team of geophysicists has shown that the tremors are due to wastewater from oil and gas extraction being pumped into disposal wells