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Su­san Smil­lie

is all at sea. Dur­ing a 13-year ca­reer at the Ob­server and Guardian she wrote fea­tures on is­sues af­fect­ing our oceans and a book, The Last Sea No­mads . Fi­nally she ac­cepted the in­evitable, gave up the desk job and sailed off into the sun­set (p14).

Owen Gilder­sleeve,

who de­signed this week’s cover, is an award-win­ning artist and de­signer based in east Lon­don. His work ranges from il­lus­tra­tions and an­i­ma­tion to sets, win­dow dis­plays and in­stal­la­tions. He par­tic­u­larly likes to bring graphic de­sign to life through the use of care­fully cut lay­ers and a play­ful use of light and shadow.

Si­mon Garfield

is a for­mer staff writer on the Ob­server and is the au­thor of 19 books, in­clud­ing Mauve, Just My Type and On the Map. His study of Aids in Britain, The End of In­no­cence, won the Som­er­set Maugham Prize. This week he con­sid­ers our ob­ses­sion with mak­ing things smaller and won­ders what minia­tur­i­sa­tion says about us (p8).

Cover image Owen Gilder­sleeve

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