UK Politics
02 June 2011
From the outset, the coalition's support of free schools was heralded as its defining education policy. Groups of...
Society
03 May 2010
As polling day nears, it's dispiriting to see so little choice and diversity in the parties' proposals to improve our...
Politics
20 November 2008
The decision by the Children’s Secretary, Ed Balls, to kill off the Sats exams for 14-year-olds is arguably the most...
Politics
09 October 2008
Mohammed was only 13 years old and wasn't especially tall or powerful, yet I was terrified of him. "I'll fucking kill...
Society
06 March 2006
The door of my classroom crashed open as I was explaining the different media techniques used on the front cover of a...
Books
02 June 2003
Monica Ali's first novel, Brick Lane, exposes a hidden world and allows the reader a detailed and fascinating glimpse...
Books
24 February 2003
This book is being marketed as an "anti-memoir" - a tale of happiness and contentment in a market saturated by misery...
Books
15 July 2002
This novel opens in the late summer of 1946. James Mercer, an army engineer, has been commissioned to destroy all the...
Books
08 April 2002
What exactly characterises a successful magic-realist novel? All such work contains depictions of lush, exotic...
Books
04 March 2002
Aristotle had a major disagreement with his teacher Plato over the nature of fiction. Plato's contention was that made-...
Books
18 February 2002
Embers was first published in Budapest in 1942, but did not receive the recognition it deserved until a year after...
Food and Drink
03 September 2001
Although The Devil's Larder is a novel about food, I wouldn't read it anywhere near the kitchen: some of the most...
Books
02 July 2001
Why are sequels nearly always vastly inferior to their predecessors? Melvyn Bragg's new novel is a good case in point....
Books
05 March 2001
In 1990, the late Professor Malcolm Bradbury predicted that the decade of the great European novel was about to begin:...
Books
15 January 2001
Government legislation has radically rewritten the literary canon. The new national curriculum for English, which...

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