Country Life September 20 2017

Country Life September 20 2017 is our glorious autumn gardens number featuring men and their sheds, the Guernsey nerine festival and the best birds baths. Find out more:

ARCHITECTURE: The magnificently preserved charterhouse at Mount Grace Priory in North Yorkshire offers a compelling insight into late- medieval English monasticism. John Goodall looks at its history

GARDENS: The charming walled garden of Kelmarsh Hall in Northamptonshire glows with the gilded hues of autumn, finds Jacky Hobbs

SHEDS: For these men, the garden shed is an extension of home in which the normal rules don’t apply. Anna Tyzack peers round the door

FLOWER FESTIVAL: Jacky Hobbs visits the Candie Gardens Nerine Festival on Guernsey

WHAT THE BRITISH DID IN MOSCOW: Clive Aslet reveals the role the British played in St Petersburg during the 1917 revolution and Katy Birchall chooses the top 10 spies of literature, from Smiley to Bourne

COOKING: Simon Hopkinson cooks the king of gamebirds

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LIVING NATIONAL TREASURE: The paper marbler

FAVOURITE PAINTING: Fay Weldon chooses the Botticelli portrait she fell in love with as a teenager

BIRD BATHS: Stylish examples of bird baths that will encourage the preening of plumage in your garden

INTERIORS: A bespoke rug or carpet can cast a spell over a room, says Arabella Youens, flooring specialist Jago Anderson gives advice and Amelia Thorpe selects the best new designs

COLUMNIST OF THE YEAR: On an idyllic Indian-summer morning, John Lewis-Stempel vies with wasps, geese and his labrador for the fruit in his orchard

PERFORMING ARTS: Should the National Theatre put on musicals? Yes, as long as they’re as emotionally truthful as Follies, says Michael Billington

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