A weekly reflection on a topical issue
Val McDermid argues that crime fiction is not really about murder at all.
Adam Gopnik examines the issues raised by the row between Serena Williams and an umpire.
Fri 7 Sep 2018
Adam Gopnik on why the prefixes we use speak volumes.
Fri 31 Aug 2018
Will Self tells the story of what happened to a friend in a psychiatric hospital.
Fri 24 Aug 2018
Tom Shakespeare is downsizing. But what to do with his books?
Fri 17 Aug 2018
Tom Shakespeare on why he rejects the idea of a bucket list.
Fri 10 Aug 2018
Michael Morpurgo discusses the importance of never taking peace for granted.
Fri 3 Aug 2018
Michael Morpurgo argues it's time to think again over Brexit.
Fri 27 Jul 2018
Michael Morpurgo on a new initiative to help refugee children.
Fri 20 Jul 2018
John Gray argues that staying in the European Union will not protect liberal values.
Fri 13 Jul 2018
Sarah Dunant on her uneasy conundrum over inheritance tax.
Fri 6 Jul 2018
Adam Gopnik sets out to determine the difference between cliche and universal truth.
Fri 29 Jun 2018
Will Self on why we should stop 'looking down on the inferior inhabitants of the past'.
Fri 22 Jun 2018
Will Self on consciousness, humanity and artificial intelligence.
Fri 15 Jun 2018
Will Self on a new wave of anti-Semitism in Britain.
Fri 8 Jun 2018
Sarah Dunant asks if robots can solve the crisis in care for the elderly.
Fri 1 Jun 2018
Alistair Cooke's incredible first-hand account of the assassination of Bobby Kennedy.
Fri 25 May 2018
Amit Chaudhuri reflects on why he believes modern movies lack "enchantment".
Fri 18 May 2018
Sarah Dunant reflects on Ireland's upcoming abortion referendum.
Fri 11 May 2018
Amit Chaudhuri on why restoration should not involve a fetishization of the new.
Fri 4 May 2018
Stella Tillyard describes her struggle with dyslexia for the first time.
Fri 27 Apr 2018
Tom Shakespeare asks why disabled sexuality is still so often taboo.
Fri 20 Apr 2018
Stella Tillyard tells the story of a small Italian museum - the Museum of Deportation.
Fri 13 Apr 2018
Tom Shakespeare on why we misuse the language of mental illness.
Fri 6 Apr 2018
John Gray argues that the future of the west depends on the continuing success of China.
Fri 30 Mar 2018
John Gray argues that the idea that empire has had its day is a delusion of our age.
Fri 23 Mar 2018
Kamila Shamsie on the limitations of the publishing trend 'Up Lit'.
Fri 16 Mar 2018
Kamila Shamsie explores the meaning of the word 'civilisation'.
Fri 9 Mar 2018
Tom Shakespeare tells us why he detests the phrase 'going forward'.
Fri 2 Mar 2018
John Gray on why the work of Russian writer Teffi has become so relevant today.
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