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A bi-monthly review of literature and the arts first published in 1732, The London Magazine consistently features the best original poetry, short fiction, cultural reviews and literary essays from established and emerging writers.
Since a re-launch in 2009 it has been edited by Steven O’Brien, with Assistant Editor Sophie Bradford and Reviews Editor Matthew Scott.

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The April/May 2012 issue includes:
New poetry from Peter Abbs, Helen Dunmore, Nick Foster, Grey Gowrie, Justin Kerr-Smiley, Michael W. Thomas and Eoghan Walls, and new translations of poetry by Egon Schiele;
A short story by Conor Patrick and a book extract by Richard Foreman;
Essays: Peter Abbs on Nietzsche’s Übermensch; John Gimlette on Guyana; Richard Hamilton on Marrakech; Michael Holroyd on ‘The Politics of Polonius’; Edward Lucie-Smith on photography by the Earl of March; Patrick Mercer MP on the war on Iraq; David Newbold on Neville Cardus; Sonia Purnell on Boris Johnson; Will Stone & Anthony Vivis on Egon Schiele; John Sutherland on literary coteries; Tom Sykes on Manila; and Gita von Wagner on Syria’s caravanserais; Reviews of the British Museum’s Hajj exhibition; David Shrigley at the Hayward Gallery; poetry by John Weston and Eddie Linden; Joseph Roth’s edited letters; ‘Our Mutual Friend’ poetry anthology for Dickens; Johann Zoffany at the Royal Academy and Gilbert & George at the White Cube.

This eBook edition of the April/May 2012 issue of The London Magazine also includes the complimentary novella Raffles: The Gentleman Thief by Richard Foreman.

Raffles, the famous cricketer and amateur cracksman, is an original adventure. Harry “Bunny” Manders, Raffles’ biographer and accomplice, recounts the tale of the time they broke into the bookshop, Hatchard’s of Piccadilly. Their mission? To steal a letter, formally owned by one Rene d’Aramis, which if published could compromise a prominent member of the government.

Yet, even more intriguing than their employment is their employer - a certain Mr Sherlock Holmes of 221b Baker Street. How will the master criminal fare against the legendary detective?

In this stunning re-creation of the classic Raffles stories, Richard Foreman brings one of the most famous characters in literature vividly back to life.

This brilliant novella will be enjoyed by anyone who has read the original Raffles stories, as well as by fans of Sherlock Holmes, and historical fiction.

It has been widely praised.

‘A capital story! Strong characters, sparkling dialogue, a plot with a twist as the gentleman thief plies his trade again. Devotees of the original stories will rejoice at his return: new fans will greet a fresh hero and wait impatiently for more adventures. Raffles, burglar extraordinaire, master cricketer, welcome back to The Albany!’ - David Dickinson, author of The Lord Powerscourt Mysteries

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