Books & Essays
Books & Essays
25 January 2017

John Berger’s ways of seeing

The art critic and the search for meaning.

16 January 2017

Samuel Beckett: a man of letters

Beckett’s letters reveal a personality inseparable from the act of writing.

30 December 2016

‘I won’t ask permission to say what I want’

Lionel Shriver takes on the dreary conformism of contemporary culture.

30 December 2016

History begins

How 2016 rekindled the historical imagination.

30 December 2016

And the poor shall rise

The eradication of poverty is becoming a reality.

30 December 2016

Living towards the past

Zygmunt Bauman talks retrotopia and humanity's disillusionment with the future.

30 December 2016

Homo Deus – humanity diminished

Yuval Harari’s ‘brief history of tomorrow’ draws deep on the anti-humanist prejudices of today.

30 December 2016

Bowie: a ceaseless search for the new

Paul Morley’s biography rushes past the modernist genius of David Bowie.

30 December 2016

A violent obsession

Violent Sensations explores the fascination with sex and murder in 19th-century culture.

30 December 2016

The politics of Utopia

A fascinating new study sheds light on Thomas More, the political thinker.