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Best of 2013: Ten Great Long Reads


Ten highlights from a magnificent year of long-form magazine writing:


Royal bodies (Hilary Mantel, London Review of Books)

Thanksgiving in Mongolia (Ariel Levy, New Yorker)

Danse Macabre: A scandal at the Bolshoi Ballet (David Remnick, New Yorker)

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev: Jahar's World (Janet Reitman, Rolling Stone)

Facebook feminism, like it or not  (Susan Faludi, The Baffler)

Love in the Gardens (Zadie Smith, New York Review of Books) 

For 40 years, this Russian family was cut off from all human contact, unaware of World War II (Mike Dash, Smithsonian)

Gangster bankers: Too big to jail (Matt Taibbi, Rolling Stone)

Fat City (Karen Hitchcock, The Monthly) 

The impossible refugee boat lift to Christmas Island (Luke Mogelson, New York Times) 

Read on

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Protecting Craig Kelly

Saving the MP from a preselection battle was another fine display of muppetry

Images from ‘Colette’ and ‘Can You Ever Forgive Me?’

Fake it so real: ‘Can You Ever Forgive Me?’ and ‘Colette’

Two new films examine female writers who masquerade for very different reasons


Editor’s Note December 2018 – January 2019

‘The Little Drummer Girl’: a masterclass in subterfuge

‘Oldboy’ director Park Chan-wook takes on a le Carré spy drama, with genre-rattling results