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Down the rabbit hole


Plunging down rabbit holes is one of the great pleasures of making . Rob’s piece on a controversial US police training centre, for example, began when he spotted a ‘Stop Cop City’ sticker while in Atlanta to cover another story. Intrigued, he started to investigate, and uncovered a spiralling tale of protesters confronting police in America’s Deep South. You can read the result on p072.

When it comes to rabbit holes of historical research, meanwhile, little compares to the Butterfly Effect, which sees us dive into the past each issue to unearth obscure chains of cause and effect which led to events in our quarter. Marcus spent days swotting up on Restoration England, obscure erotic poetry and the publishing industry of 1950s Germany to deliver a pleasingly sinuous story on p092.

This issue also shines a light on the most remarkable prison escape in South Africa’s history (p012), the aftermath of the Good Friday Agreement in Northern Ireland (p030), rugby’s perilous cash crisis (p094) and how Jerry Springer could have been a Democratic Donald Trump (p048). We’ve discovered what it takes to bring electricity to remote corners of the Amazon (p020) and to prepare for human occupation of Mars (p108).

With no advertising in the magazine it is only our readers that make all this rabbit hole-diving and light-shining possible. Thank you so much for your support – and we hope you enjoy the issue.

Rob and Marcus, Editors

A slower, more reflective type of journalism”
Creative Review

Jam-packed with information... a counterpoint to the speedy news feeds we've grown accustomed to”
Creative Review

A leisurely (and contrary) look backwards over the previous three months”
The Telegraph

Quality, intelligence and inspiration: the trilogy that drives the makers of Delayed Gratification”
El Mundo

Refreshing... parries the rush of 24-hour news with 'slow journalism'”
The Telegraph

A very cool magazine... It's like if Greenland Sharks made a newspaper”
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The UK's second-best magazine” Ian Hislop
Editor, Private Eye
Private Eye Magazine

Perhaps we could all get used to this Delayed idea...”
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