Back issues from the last year may be purchased at their original price plus first-class postage, or as a set of six with one issue free. For earlier back issues, see above.
Six Random Back Issues
An entire year’s worth of Chaps, with one thrown in entirely gratis! This batch provides six available back issues from the last two years, yet one only pays for five of them. Since some of the more recent back issues are sold out (see below) we’ll simply send you whichever issues are still left in stock.
Issue 79 Feb-Mar2015
This issue took a welcome revisit to the ghost of Oscar Wilde, by interviewing his only living heir, grandson Merlin Holland, in the Grill Room of the Cafe Royal, where Wilde himself used to frolic with Bosie. Also inside: a comprehensive look at braces; the Arts of the Gentleman: clubs; Patricia Hammond on glee clubs; How to blend one’s own cocktail bitters; shaving brushes from beehive to milk churn; the art and weaponry required to perform Le Sabrage – beheading champagne bottles with a sabre; the Penny Loafer, Oscar Wilde V Graham Norton, and the butler’s advice on boating blazers and racing attire.
Issue 78 Dec-Jan2015
This issue finally secured an interview with cinematic legend Terence Stamp, who settled the question as to whether he and Julie Christie really were “Terry meets Julie, Waterloo Station, every Friday night.” We looked at ghost stories, both in home seances and in the films of MR James’s ghost stories; why Sir Arthur Conan Doyle helped propagate the legend of the Mary Celeste; how to track down a whangee bumbershoot of the very finest quality; scents for gents; The Church organ; the most chappish walking boots; a new column called My new Chap; as well as superstitious cricketers and moustachioed buffoons from around the globe.
Issue 77 Oct-Nov2014
The food and drink edition, showcasing The Chap’s cookbook by printing three tasty recipes from Cooking for Chaps, plus some words of culinary wisdom from the authors, Gustav Temple and Clare Gabbett-Mulhallen. The gastronomy theme continued by showing you how to bake a loaf of bread the old fashioned way, a look at champagne and the noble art of sabrage, Tom Cutler on Fanny Cradock and Philip Harben. Our interview was with louche party host Edward Davenport, who regaled us with tales of doing porridge in a three-piece suit. Patricia Hammond on songs about food that are actually about sex, advice on gentlemanly portmanteaux and the coveted Trench Coat.
Issue 76 Aug-Sept2014
Our interview was with Joan Le Mesurier, wife of John Le Mes, who spilled the beans on being the wife of that understated television legend and the lover of Tony Hancock (both at the same time too). We took a long hard look at western movie costume and decided it wasn’t for us, while also considering the pocket square and agreeing that it is an indispensable part of a chap’s wardrobe. Also, gentlemanly scents, gambling cricketers, wallets, dandy composers, the art of motoring, Jimmy Edwards and the racing driver who was too fat for Monte Carlo.
Issue 75 Jun-July2014
The sister of Boris, Rachel Johnson, provided a frank and revealing interview for Atters, in which she announced that there is “no such thing as compassionate Conservatism”. She also blamed 9/11 on George Bush. Elsewhere, it was the usual heady mix of the sartorial – Oxford Shirts, cycling shoes – the bizarre – the Annual Bronx Pipe Smoker’s Club Small Game Dinner – the perverse – a short history of flagellation – and the practical – a guide to purchasing a vintage motorcycle. We also compared Gaiety Girls with It Girls, met Martin Kemp and learned all about pocket knives.
Issue 74 Apr-May2014
Michael “Atters” Attree met disc jockey and impresario Gaz Mayall, whose legendary vintage nightclub has been running for 30 years in Soho, and who relates his two bizarre encounters with David Cameron, who is apparently a fan of dub step and Rock Steady. We photographed some lovely ladies taking snuff in their boudoir and learned about Dapper Day at Disneyland. Where, how and why to buy a Pea Coat; Plumage to Catalonia, a history of moustaches in Barcelona; British fountain pens; Fly Fishing; The Professionals, left-handed cricketers and how Edith Sitwell invented hip-hop, by Mr. B the Gentleman Rhymer.
Issue 73 Feb-Mar2014
Issue 72 Dec-Jan2014
Issue 71 Oct-Nov2013
Issue 70 Aug-Sept2013
Issue 69 Jun-Jul2013
Issue 68 Apr-May2013
Brian Blessed boomed out of the cover, and boomed into Atters’ ear for hours, on climbing Mount Everest, the Dalai Llama’s sex life and whether Brian is a luvvie. Tom Cutler instructs on the Art of Seduction, while we photographed some ladies smoking pipes in the boudoir. Cricketers with bad habits are celebrated, as are Ronald Frankau and Spike Jones and His City Slickers by Mr. B the Gentleman Rhymer. Zack Pinsent’s short lived column, diary of a Teenage Dandy (he grew up), and instructions on how to construct one’s own personal Seduction Engine.
Issue 67 Feb-Mar2013
Issue 66 Dec-Jan2012/13
This was the Eccentric edition, showcasing an interview with Sir Patrick Moore which sadly turned out to be his last. Sir Patrick discussed the planets, UFOs, his role in the Second World War and the Clangers. We profiled two sensational narcissists, The Marquess of Anglesey and the Contessa di Castiglione, as well as some lesser-know British eccentrics, such as Maj-Gen Charles Wingate, who used to give briefings in Burma in the nude while munching an onion; contemporary eccentrics such as Dame Grayson Perry and Sir James Sutcliffe Beelzebub Saville, ‘Keeper of the King’s Catamites’, were also included. The Albert slipper was considered an eccentric enough item of clothing to examine in detail, as was the life of Australian cricketer Leslie Fleetwood-Smith, nicknamed ‘the Guardsman’due to his rakish moustache and spotted cravats.
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