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Digital Subscriptions > Prospect Magazine > AugSep 2019 > Holidays never offer the escape you expect— just ask Poirot

Holidays never offer the escape you expect— just ask Poirot

Packing to go on a summer holiday is a special kind of fantasy. No matter the destination, selecting the possessions to take on the trip is a way of deciding who to be on this break from real life. Who among us hasn’t slipped the slim volume of poetry and the running tights into the suitcase, choosing to believe that even though they never get touched at home, somehow on holiday we will become the kind of person who reads blank verse in bed and knocks out 5km before breakfast?

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Prospect's August/September double issue: We salute the world's top 50 scientists, philosophers and writers that are shaping our times and ask readers to vote for who they think should be crowned the world's top thinker 2019. Elsewhere in the issue: Tory activist Tim Montgomerie asks what lies ahead for the Conservative Party and gives a manifesto for the new PM who should focus on key policy areas such as housing and immigration as well as Brexit. Prospect's Steve Bloomfield speaks to Tony Blair 20 years after he laid our five tests for going to war and finds that the former prime minister has is having second thoughts about whether he was right. China expert Isabel Hilton charts the meteoric rise of the Chinese telecoms giant Huawei and asks whether they are really as bad as the west makes out. Also: An extract from the first novel by Prospect's managing editor Sameer Rahim, Alberto Manguel's thoughts on how his favourite children's characters burst into life and more writing about fiction throughout the Arts and Books section.