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Matters of taste

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Fiona Provan is 52 years old. It’s taken her a long time to get where she wanted to be. “I’m a bit different!” she laughed. Provan grew up in Hertfordshire, the daughter of a vet. “Very James Herriot.” A pastoral childhood, but not bucolic. Her father was “a very bad tempered Scotsman, a scary man.” At school she was naughty and got locked in the closet. Depression first hit when she was a teenager. What to do with a girl with a large purple birthmark and no O levels? She told the careers officer she liked animals and was concerned about the environment. She ended up at the Cordon Bleu cooking school and took on a few restaurant jobs. She married young, to “my best friend really.” They moved to a Suffolk smallholding. Three kids. Several years. “Then I had my head turned.”

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In Prospect’s March issue: Sam Tanenhaus, George Magnus and Dahlia Lithwick examine the state of America after Donald Trump’s first couple of weeks. Tanenhaus looks at the situation faced by the American press, Magnus looks at the state of global trade and Lithwick inspects the diminishing right to choice women face over abortion. Anne Perkins explores the rise of Theresa May through the political ranks and David Edmonds looks at how empathy affects our decision making. Also in this issue: Jay Elwes on Trump’s relationship with America’s intelligence agencies, Anita Charlesworth on the state of the NHS and Nick Cohen on what is done in the name of “the people” by politicians