A weekly reflection on a topical issue.
Will Self on why he has a problem with theory.
Fri 9 Aug 2019
Will Self ponders our infantilism regarding our toilet habits.
Fri 2 Aug 2019
Will Self bemoans the growing commoditisation of culture in the public sector.
Fri 26 Jul 2019
Sarah Dunant on why she's abandoned her beloved city of Florence.
Fri 19 Jul 2019
John Gray asks if a no-deal Brexit is the only way out of current events.
Fri 12 Jul 2019
Howard Jacobson sets out to take back sovereignty... over words.
Fri 5 Jul 2019
Taking his lead from Duke Ellington, Amit Chaudhuri asks, what do we mean by 'my people'?
Fri 28 Jun 2019
David Goodhart argues that earlier eras have much to teach us about group solidarity.
Fri 21 Jun 2019
Linda Colley discusses the cult of charismatic leaders and why they never properly deliver
Fri 14 Jun 2019
Monica Ali on the UK's use of immigration detention centres and indefinite detention.
Fri 7 Jun 2019
Monica Ali explores the challenges faced by writers of colour.
Fri 31 May 2019
Val McDermid on why public libraries must be kept open.
Fri 24 May 2019
David Goodhart on why he believes democracy - far from being in crisis - is thriving.
Fri 10 May 2019
Val McDermid ponders how we can fix homelessness.
Fri 3 May 2019
Rebecca Stott imagines a conversation with Darwin about our environmental concerns
Fri 26 Apr 2019
Sarah Dunant proposes a National Anger Day – a catharsis to help us all be less… angry!
Fri 19 Apr 2019
Joanna Robertson reflects from Paris on the days after the Notre Dame fire.
Fri 12 Apr 2019
AL Kennedy reflects on why automation needs to be governed by human needs and strengths.
Fri 5 Apr 2019
Rebecca Stott on her pet hate – being talked AT!
Fri 29 Mar 2019
John Gray reflects on where British politics goes from here.
Fri 22 Mar 2019
Sarah Dunant on the thorny relationship between culture and the money that supports it.
Fri 15 Mar 2019
Zia Haider Rahman on why Brexit has made him feel closer to Britain.
Fri 8 Mar 2019
AL Kennedy on why we can’t afford to despair.
Fri 1 Mar 2019
Tom Shakespeare on why we are in urgent need of a bit of plain speaking.
Fri 22 Feb 2019
AL Kennedy on TV's tendency to focus on disappearing parts of our national life.
Fri 15 Feb 2019
AL Kennedy on how the British sense of humour is standing up to our political woes.
Fri 8 Feb 2019
Will Self asks why our relationship with our bodies has become such a distant one.
Fri 1 Feb 2019
Stella Tillyard argues that the sea - long forgotten - is beginning to reassert itself.
Fri 25 Jan 2019
Val McDermid argues that referendums have had a devastating effect on our political system
Fri 18 Jan 2019
Linda Colley asks if - eventually - Brexit could be the modernizing force the UK needs.
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