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ALEXANDER MCCALL SMITH'S SEVEN WONDERS

The creator of Botswana’s first fictional lady detective talks to his fellow novelist Justin Cartwright about a fondness for cheerful Aussies and colonial cocktails read more »
  • SUNNY SIDE UP

    With the Scottish referendum in the air, the inhabitants of Eigg are in high spirits. Kathleen Jamie visits and takes a shower by starlight read more »
  • THE EERIEST NOVEL I KNOW

    Landscapes of the Mind: Susan Cooper’s England is uncanny. For Robert Macfarlane, it has been a lasting inspiration read more »
  • THE FIRST MAP OF THE DEPTHS

    Cartophilia: more than a pretty picture, this hand-drawn map of the ocean floor changed a way of thinking. Simon Willis explains read more »
  • THE 21ST-CENTURY COWBOY

    The modern cowboy has a lot on his plate, including climate change. Ariel Ramchandani stays on a ranch high in the Colorado desert  read more »
  • DIGGING THE DANCING CRANE

    Where the Wild Things Are: for this elegant bird, romance is for life and all its world is a stage. Patrick Morris watches a Japanese icon put on a show read more »
  • TIM SMIT'S SEVEN WONDERS

    Dutch-born, English-educated, Tim Smit was an archaeologist and a record producer before moving to Cornwall, restoring the Lost Gardens of Heligan and dreaming up the Eden Project. Now 59, he dislikes flying but still gets to some far-flung places read more »