The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button
Isabel Hilton talks to the writer and critic Adam Mars-Jones about this year’s Oscar front-runner, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.
With Brad Pitt as the man who ages backwards, this F Scott Fitzgerald-based film is up for best picture.
Would life be happier if we could be born at the age of eighty and gradually approach eighteen?
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button is released nationwide on 6 February 2009.
Giving children what they need is the biggest challenge facing our society according to Britain’s happiness guru Richard Layard.
Richard Layard talks to Isabel about how he believes modern life and selfish individualism is damaging our children and blighting our adult lives.
What makes a good childhood, and should the government intervene to change our society - and our lives - for the better?
A Good Childhood by Richard Layard and Judy Dunn is published by Penguin.
Hitler was a man better known for burning books than for collecting them.
However, by the time he died, Hitler owned an estimated 16,000 volumes.
Hitler once said 'I take what I need from books'. From Don Quixote to Robinson Crusoe, historian Timothy Ryback tells us what Hitler’s private library tells us about the mind of the man.
Hitler's Private Library: The Books That Shaped His Life by Timothy Ryback is published by Bodley Head.
Aid and Africa
Isabel is also joined by the economist Dambisa Moyo, who argues that aid to African governments is counterproductive and leads to corruption – and aid consultant Ann Pettifor, who tells us how she thinks it should be done.
Dead Aid by Dambisa Moyo is published by Allen Lane.
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