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All other back issues may be purchased in sets of six, each bundle covering each of the five key stages of the evolution of The Chap, from its humble beginnings in 1999. There is a flat cost of £15 per set of six, regardless of era or size, which effectively results in you receiving one copy entirely free.
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 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 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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