Melissa Benn writes for the Guardian and other publications on social issues, particularly education. She is the author of several books of non-fiction and two novels, including One of Us (2008), and reviews books for the New Statesman

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Cultural Capital
23 October 2014
“Pushy parent” market.
Cultural Capital
25 September 2014
Emmeline to Marilyn.
Cultural Capital
17 July 2014
Prepare to be depressed.
UK Politics
22 March 2012
Melissa Benn reports over eight months from the front line in the battle for Britain’s education. In September...
Books
02 January 2012
Half a Wife: the Working Family's Guide to Getting a Life Back Gaby HinsliffChatto & Windus, 288pp, £12.99The other...
Culture
05 May 2011
Judging by the rumoured size of the advances, there is a huge market for a new genre of popular fiction: "mum lit...
Culture
27 September 2010
The L-Shaped Room Lynne Reid BanksVintage, 272pp, £7.99It is interesting to return to this classic novel, first...
UK Politics
14 September 2010
Selling off schools
Books
05 May 2010
Sheila Rowbotham's work has always been concerned with unearthing connections between past and present, the personal...
Culture
22 March 2010
Although she has had her fair share of terrors and humiliations, the novelist Maggie Gee has no single searing trauma...
Books
29 January 2010
This in-depth look at the gritty truth of contemporary relationships could not have come at a more interesting time. In...
UK Politics
29 May 2008
To the Brighton Festival to promote my second novel, One of Us, a story of two political families whose relationship...
Culture
25 October 2007
The conventional cinematic portrayal of unconventional parents, particularly those of a left-wing bent, is as wacky,...
Human Rights
26 January 2004
Daw Aung San Suu Kyi is probably the most famous prisoner in the world. A writer and leader of the National League for...
Human Rights
07 April 2003
Liu Jingsheng was arrested in 1992, one of 15 dissidents detained for their involvement in pro-democracy underground...