Unseemly pleasure

A widow takes a pair of lodgers to fill a shortfall in the rent while a gay and vain banker marries a plain Betty

On borrowed time

Britain will regret the current wave of public library closures but that does not mean its network must stay the same, writes Matthew Engel

Proustian pear drops

‘Others pine for a fresh baguette; we have pickled onion Monster Munch’. Tim Hayward on nostalgic confectionery


Alan Bennett explores the joys of middle-aged sex