White working-class failure in schools is a microcosm of a deeper problem: the struggles of the white working class in a post-industrial world.
Born after the Berlin Wall fell, the German actor reflects on what he has learnt about the Cold War, and why his generation should know more about it.
He wasn't a big guy. In fact, he looked like he'd have trouble playing Twister, to be honest.
Why Gove's euroscepticism takes us back to the future. Plus: Zac Goldsmith, Labour plotters and Baroness Stowell's iron fist.
As much as Mr Johnson might wish otherwise, this referendum is about more than him.
This week on university campuses across the UK, activists are preparing for “Israel Apartheid Week”. This term is not only misleading, but a grave insult to those who were subjugated in South Africa.
When it comes to buying access to other people's bodies, experience shows that it's a buyer’s market: those with the economic power set the terms.
We have to ask ourselves: can we bear to live in a nation where millionares are welcomed while the vulnerable risk being deported?
When it comes to the EU referendum, I don't believe there's systematic bias in the BBC - but neutrality will still require journalists to be empathetic.
The opposition's own divisions and Jeremy Corbyn's euroscepticism leave it sidelined from the EU referendum debate.
Pro-Europe campaigners are understandably worried that Johnson has come out for the other side. But events, not individuals, remain the biggest threat to Britain’s membership of the EU.
I’m not making predictions yet but I doubt the referendum will be the close and exciting contest that everyone seems to expect.
As the global economy transcends borders and Isis raises its flag, could the very nature of "states" be changing?
David Cameron’s mission to destroy Boris Johnson as a serious political force.
Claire Vaye Watkins's new novel imagines California after an ecological disaster. But what does it say about our interest in literary apocalypse?
Their Promised Land: My Grandparents in Love and War is a personal story of two German-Jewish émigrés as they make a life in England.
A return to making movies about movies yields a breakthrough for the brothers as storytellers.
Two new books encourage us to look past the grand narratives and listen to voices on the ground.
Books by Iris Bohnet and Dawn Foster take divergent views on the problem of how women are valued at work.
Leif Wenar's Blood Oil skillfully reveals the link between the consumer goods we purchase and the violence with which their raw materials are obtained.
I lie in bed until The World at One, / why should my heart go off with an alarm?
James elevated the novel to a higher plane – but 100 years after his death, it’s his surprising memoirs and essays that are enjoying a revival.
I'd heard about what happened to Harry Parker in Afghanistan, and so at first I was a little nervous about reviewing his novel. I needn't have worried.
Laing’s book uses her own loneliness to consider a group of 20th-century figures who expressed their alienation through art.
Watching Salmond in the studio with Iain Dale makes it clear who's running the show.
Even when the series is gripping, I keep being distracted by Travolta's weirdly unmoving face. Plus: The Night Manager.
Adaptations are often lamented for not living up to their source material, but the Young Vic production of Eimear McBride's novel brilliantly bucks the trend.
New books from Susan Southard, Melissa Harrison and Bertolt Brecht.
OK, there are other places to buy wine but they are not the same.
This week, I have decided to trust to algorithms rather than observation. I offer you Google's top “lucky seven” maddened crowds.
Players say a good home crowd can earn them ten points a season. So why do ticket prices rise and rise?
Attempts to ban the liquour in Russia failed, and Britain drank 9.9 million litres of it last year. But not all vodka is created equal.
I know what you’re going to say: “Tracey, you’re out of step. Grey is cool now. Fashionable people dye their hair grey.” Not for me.
Amy Sayle was the Labour candidate for Hemel Hempstead in 1924.
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