This week’s is­sue

The Observer Magazine - - THIS WEEK'S ISSUE -

GRAHAM NOR­TON fronts up our Christ­mas gift guide spe­cial is­sue, telling Eva Wise­man that get­ting celebri­ties to laugh and en­joy them­selves on his sofa of­ten re­veals more than ask­ing any number of hard ques­tions.

Over­wrought sto­ries about a Chris­tian child be­ing fos­tered by a Mus­lim fam­ily hit the news­pa­pers ear­lier this year. Sar­fraz Man­zoor vis­its three sets of FOSTER PAR­ENTS who share the faith and talks to them about their dif­fi­cult but ful­fill­ing role.

Strug­gling for GIFT IDEAS? We of­fer a whole va­ri­ety of sug­ges­tions, based on the events, sport­ing achieve­ments and other mo­ments that may have in­spired your loved ones this year. BAR­BARA TAY­LOR BRAD­FORD of­fers her life lessons in This Much I Know, while

LENNY BRUCE is re­mem­bered by Spit­ting Im­age’s Roger Law in a Brush with Great­ness.

In FOOD, Nigel Slater cooks per­fect ribs and mash, and Jay Rayner hates an over­priced In­dian restau­rant in Lon­don.

We visit a cou­ple in Can­ter­bury with a strong sense of colour in

HOMES, and James Wong plants “true” shal­lots in GAR­DENS.

Martin Love falls for an Alfa Romeo in WHEELS, while in

TRAVEL Emma Cook is amazed by a fam­ily friendly French eco lodge.

Fi­nally, MARIELLA FROSTRUP deals with a mother who thinks her daugh­ter needs plas­tic surgery.

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