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
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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