Country Life November 15 2017

Country Life November 15 2017 explores great British menus, deerstalking at Woburn and reveals who is Gentleman of the Year. Find out more here:

GENTLEMAN OF THE YEAR: Katy Birchall announces the winners of COUNTRY LIFE’s 2017 Gentleman of the Year Awards

DEERSTALKING: Nick Hammond joins Woburn’s deer keepers to harvest a fallow buck and enjoy a proper stalker’s breakfast

WILDLIFE: The medicinal leech still has a role to play in modern medicine, reports David Profumo

GREAT BRITISH MENUS: From turkey to chocolate-biscuit cake, the right menu can change history, finds Emma Hughes

GARDENS: 
Mark Griffiths traces the legacy of James Sowerby, who kept the nation informed on crucial aspects of the natural world

LIVING NATIONAL TREASURE: The scissor maker

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MY FAVOURITE PAINTING: The novelist Ken Follett chooses a moving tableau from ‘the mother of all strip cartoons’

INTERVIEW: 
The new CLA president Tim Breitmeyer talks to Kate Green about farming’s future and landowner responsibility

ARCHITECTURE: The boldly conceived Upmeads in Staffordshire elicited much comment when it was built in 1908, says Oliver Gerrish

INTERIORS: Alpine chalet style is getting
a modern makeover, observes Amelia Thorpe

COLUMNIST OF THE YEAR: John Lewis-Stempel heads out on a dank November day in search of one for the pot

COOKING: Melanie Johnson makes toad-in- the-hole with leeks

PERFORMING ARTS: Some brilliant – and surprisingly pertinent – plays of the past are being shamefully neglected, says theatre critic Michael Billington

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