Books & Essays
Books & Essays
12 February 2016

In defence of The Selfish Gene

Richard Dawkins’ book is more than a Thatcherite manifesto.

9 February 2016

Learning the art of a good con

Maria Konnikova’s latest is enough to make sceptics of us all.

5 February 2016

Party Animals: the truth about the CPGB?

David Aaronovitch’s Commie memoir is funny, but it isn’t the whole truth.

Germans must be free to read Mein Kampf

The ban on Hitler's tome was dankly elitist

16 December 2015

‘We must cultivate a love of reading’

Frank Furedi on the power of books, selfhood and Werther Fever.

27 November 2015

Recalling the spirit of the Easter Rising

A new book gives the 1916 Dublin revolt its due.

27 October 2015

Macbeth: an adaptation for our times

Justin Kurzel's film is fantastic, and yet something feels lacking.

13 October 2015

Breathing life back into libertarianism

To build a new humanist politics, we must get serious about freedom.

8 October 2015

Reclaiming travel... from the snobs

Why have holidays become a marker of people’s virtue?

5 October 2015

Brian Friel: Ireland’s
cultural hero

The late playwright championed Ireland's modern identity.