Words & Ideas

Love and Hunger is a distillation of everything Charlotte Wood has learned over more than twenty years about cooking and the ple... read more

Love and Hunger: Thoughts on the Gift of Food
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Pauline Hanson is not alone out there. A million votes are in play. Strategists in both Labor and the Coalition are asking, what can we give them? At stake are the progressive hopes of ... read more

Quarterly Essay 65: The White Queen,  One Nation and the Politics of Race
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Kate Grenville had always associated perfume with elegance and beauty. Then the headaches started. Like perhaps a quarter of the population, Grenville reacts badly to the artificial fragrances around us- other people's p... read more

The Case Against Fragrance
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Muslim women oppose sexism in their community in many ways- pray-in protests, feisty Tumblrs, demanding to enter mosques through the main entrance, teaching Islamic classes to women and girls, writing their own... read more

Fighting Hislam: Women, Faith and Sexism
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Was Rochester a murderer? Did the Reverend Bronte carry a loaded pistol? What, precisely, does 'Wuthering' mean? Did the Brontes all have tiny feet? To celebrate the bicentenary of Ch... read more

The Brontesaurus: An A-Z of Charlotte, Emily and Anne Bronte (and Branwell)
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I pedal over to Kensington just after dark. As I roll along the lane towards the railway underpass, a young Asian woman on her way home from the station walks out of the tunnel towards me. After she passes there’s a stilln... read more

Everywhere I Look
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Forget everything you know. Nature is no longer nature. Humans are no longer humans. We have entered a new era -- the Anthropocene. Everything has changed. Humans have become so powerful that we have... read more

Defiant Earth: The fate of humans in the anthropocene
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Henry Marsh has spent a lifetime operating on the surgical frontline. There have been exhilarating highs and devastating lows, but his love for the practice of neurosurgery has never wavered. Prompted by his retirement from his full-... read more

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In the beginning there was light but more than this, there was gravity. After that, all hell broke loose...This is how the story of the greatest intellectual adventure in history should be introduced - how humanity... read more

The Greatest Story Ever Told...So Far
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From the best-selling author of Americanah and We Should All Be Feminists comes a powerful new statement about feminism today - written as a letter to a friend. I have some suggestions for ho... read more

Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions
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'There are many, many books written by successful women who talk about how successful they are and float their theory about how you can get some of that success for yourself if you just Lean In, Say Yes, Live Your Best Life, B... read more

Work Strife Balance
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Hilarious, heartbreaking, provocative and affecting - Howard Jacobson's irresistible journalism reveals the Man Booker Prize-winning novelist in all his humanity. From the tiniest absurdities to the most universal joys and desol... read more

The Dog's Last Walk
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