As McIlvanney retires from sports journalism, it is worth remembering why to read him on Muhammed Ali or Matt Busby was to read a very fine writer indeed.
Scots may like Ruth Davidson, think little of Scottish Labour and even agree with the Conservatives on income tax - but will they vote for them?
According to Frederick Burkle, "today's tyrants" exhibit a range of narcissistic and antisocial traits.
The clampdown on critical media groups is just one element of Turkey’s censorship of journalists.
Menu faces, press gallery places and why you should never get on the wrong side of Michael Dugher.
The Leave camp must make its case with a sober assessment of the arguments.
Should we be surprised by her humiliation?
Statistically, 1 in 10 British men has paid for sex. Yet when men contribute to the debate on sex work, no one asks if they're a buyer.
Stories about working in politics are told largely by white men educated at Oxbridge - now I'm no longer beholden to politics full time, I decided to offer an alternative.
Plus Daily Mail euphemisms, ignoring Bernie Sanders’s success, and a councillor’s righteous rage.
The Chancellor's position was never as strong as suggested. Nor is it now as weak.
How the cuts to legal aid have affected asylum-seekers, migrants and the lawyers who defend them.
The rise of Donald Trump is a symptom of the decay of a great but exceptionally unhappy nation.
Can the Tooting MP complete the journey from council home to City Hall?
Margaret MacMillan’s selection of neglected voices in History’s People reminds us how individual choices and actions come to shape our world.
I Am Sorry to Think I Have Raised a Timid Son and The Seven Good Years may two more books by middle-class, middle-aged men, but the journeys they undertake are profound.
Ultimate Questions by Bryan Magee invites us to reconsider the very nature of truth - but its answers are sometimes vague.
Walsh's short stories are elegant, but the closed-off life they portray is an impoverished one for anybody.
Stéphane Heuet's illustrated adaptation of Swann's Way is a triumph.
Mervyn King's The End of Alchemy is rigorous - but his “audacity of pessimism” may be more pessimistic than audacious.
Antisocial and curious, rude and generous, a literary EastEnders fan – my friend was full of contradictions.
Though my loathing for Downton borders on the pathological, I am keen on Trollope - but while Doctor Thorne is not bad, it's not great, either. Plus: Cooked.
The brilliance of Saturday Night at the Movies on Classic FM is that it gets people sick to death of talking about movies to talk about movies - by focussing on the music.
Charlie Kaufman may be the most original voice in US cinema since David Lynch, and this latest film has a unique tactile tension.
Inhabiting any new locale involves adopting new perspectives, and relocating a few hundred metres up the road makes the adjustment particularly uncanny.
I loved the walled garden until one day a sign appeared, placed there by developers and warning me to keep out.
Even as my column shrunk, my pay remained the same - until, the editor told me, only my departure could save the newspaper.
The rumoured meeting between the Big Five clubs risks creating an unfair Premiere League.
Molly descended the stairs and, going straight over to the ambassador, elbowed Tony Benn out of the way.
I have to confess, Joplin's singing had always set me on edge. But seeing the way she struggled to be free made me love her.
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