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Our ability to harness flames has shaped who we are.
The fearless Kenyan writer talks about the “lost” coming-out chapter from his memoir and the response in Africa and elsewhere.
Melvyn Bragg talks to Michael Prodger about family trauma, educating Britain and why Labour is still “deeply wounded”.
Peter Wilby’s First Thoughts.
Simplistic self-interest is not just bad PR, it is often bad strategy
Somewhere along the line, an orthodoxy hardened: cigarettes will kill you and Bon Jovi will give you a migraine, but reading – the ideal diet being Shakespeare and 19th-century novels, plus the odd modernist – will make you healthier, stronger, kinder. But is that true?
Henry Marsh is one of the country's top neurosurgeons and a pioneer of neurosurgical advances in Ukraine. Erica Wagner witnesses life on a knife-edge.
Ahead of this week’s budget, the economic historian Robert Skidelsky examines how four years of austerity have affected Britain.
Two new American novels about physically and psychologically damaged veterans from the Iraq war get inside their subjects’ heads with varying success, writes a former US marine.
From sacred symbolism in ancient mythology to paeans by 20th-century naturalists, hawks and eagles have always been lauded in art and literature.
The extraordinary sequence of events now seems too far-fetched even for a British version of Homeland.
Rachel Cooke pits the youth channel against its counterpart, the cerebral BBC4, by comparing Bluestone 42 and How to Get Ahead.
Jim Al-Khalili spoke to the leading psychiatrist about treating depression in Zimbabwe, yet had to shoehorn in some clunky biographical details.
The story of Flora Thompson’s semi-autobiographical novels set in the Oxfordshire hamlet of Lark Rise.
French-Algerian writer Sarrazin was in prison for armed robbery when she wrote her autobiographical first novel. The singer-songwriter Patti Smith celebrates a book that guided her through her youth.
Scarlett Johansson stars as the otherworldly, predatory protagonist in this unsettling sci-fi thriller.
Dr Phil Whitaker’s Health Matters column.
A picturesque anomaly near the airport, ever waiting to be submerged by the tarmac of runway three.
When top bankers retire, no one ever says they’ve been great servants to HSBC, but in football romantic notions of service linger on.
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