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Kelly describes herself as a people-pleaser and yet 12 years ago she fled her own Christmas party, crushed by a deep depression. Now she's written 52 Small Steps to Happiness.
The destruction of manuscripts in Timbuktu became a landmark case for cultural terrorism.
If we are to see another technological leap like the one James Clerk Maxwell’s equations made possible, it will need to involve new physics. What might that look like?
In their scope, ruthlessness and malevolence, the Paris attacks felt like the dawn of a renewed era of mass terror.
Robert Halfon's East India Club jaunts, Mark Reckless plans a comeback, and a warning for Alan Yentob.
Andrew Hussey reports on the mood in a city struggling with complex questions about the attacks that have a specifically Parisian dimension.
David Cameron is using the Paris attacks as an excuse to rush through state surveillance legislation.
Islamic State's cheerful media images seem incongruous to us in the West. But the group are committed to showing an "idealistic caliphate".
The two most dangerous words in politics are “us” and “them”. At times of great national tragedy, we should open our hearts – and we not close our borders.
The debate over foreign and defence policy has exposed the chasm between Jeremy Corbyn and his MPs.
“Rhodes is a metaphor for the fact that the university is not a fully inclusive space,” says Sizwe Mpofu-Walsh.
If you believe some reports, normal life will soon be impossible in Paris, London and other European cities. Spare a thought for Nigerians, Iraqis, Lebanese, Syrians, Yemenis, Pakistanis, Afghans and numerous others who live daily with the threat of bombings and shootings.
If Britain has a declared interest in curtailing Islamic State and stabilising Syria, it is neither honourable nor viable to let others intervene on our behalf.
Islamic State believes it must eventually confront and then defeat the West. To get there, it seeks to polarise Muslim and non-Muslim communities alike.
How an old, white guy is bringing class-based politics to the Democratic primary.
Dictator, the final installment in the "Cicero trilogy", finds the great lawyer exiled from Rome.
The Evolution of Everything by Matt Ridley and Human Race by Ian Mortimer have, to put it gently, an abundance of ambition.
For Gavin Francis, medicine is “a skeleton key to open doors ordinarily closed”, and his latest book is as illuminating as it is enjoyable.
Orson Welles: One-Man Band by Simon Callow shows how Welles was an often chaotic yet masterful film-maker in his middle age.
Our friends and contributors choose their favourite reading of 2015.
I wonder if they still are, wonder why, / While barely knowing a blue tit from a bullfinch, / I’m so stuck on old military hardware.
The poet had a tangled relationship with the erotic, once remarking that however intimate a love poem may be, it is meant to be overheard.
To Ronnie Scott’s in Soho for the opening of the London Jazz Festival and the launch of a new “BBC Music Jazz” pop-up station.
Orion: the Man Who Would Be King tells the story of Jimmy Ellis – and how his act ended. Plus: The Great Pottery Throw Down.
Love is a relationship examined through sex, with an emotional intimacy that would be disastrous in pornography.
The high-altitude vineyards of Italy’s largest island produce nectar for the gods, Greek or Roman.
The BBC call me up for a comment on flat-sharing as an adult man, and I start brooding.
The northern problem is not just economics, but social and cultural. Their wives take one look at the map and go, ugh, not living up there.
I looked at the baby, recited some Auden at him, decided he could look after himself, and asked for a book.
What, you thought it was just you who hurled witty comments from your sofa, happily slagging things off? We all do; that’s the whole point.
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