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When we couldn't even afford the flat with the demonstrably wonky floor, I had to come to terms with the fact I'll probably be renting for life.
Will the state’s gamble with the economy pay off?
You don’t have to look far to read complaints about the “service” at Auschwitz-Birkenau, which should trouble me, but rather makes me howl with laughter.
“Walls are an expression of fear,” Father Alberto insists. “We need to build bridges, not walls.”
The party surged in the recent Northern Irish Assembly elections. But what does its new leader tell us about Sinn Fein's future?
My week, from rediscovering John Ruskin and imagining H G Wells to chasing down a hero.
What's Tristram Hunt been up to? And who took a bottle of wine to the whips – and signed the label?
As the government prepares for a post-Brexit world, it must not neglect what voters most value about living in Britain: fairness.
Pregnancy and childbirth are unpredictable, so call the midwife – preferably one you’ve met before.
Sports that rely overwhelmingly on physical virtuosity are in crisis, as the trouble at Team Sky shows.
The week in the media, from false promises on grammars and the French flirtation with fascism to a posh private police force.
The flatlining Sinn Fein vote has been jolted into life unexpectedly.
Why the billionaire’s bid for Sky should be opposed.
At a busy checkpoint between Turkey and Bulgaria near the Greek frontier, a long history of displacement and exile emerges.
After six years of war, Syria’s moderate rebels are broken and marginalised. And now, as Bashar al-Assad has wished for so long, al-Qaeda extremists are leading the insurgency.
Tennis, friendship and suicide.
Knowing that the anonymous author of The Accusation is still living in North Korea adds another layer of discomfort; the book you hold in your hands carries huge risks for him and his family.
“Let’s get this straight: are you a mad rapist or an axe murderer?”
Ross Raisin’s book tells the story of a footballer of two halves.
This 1950s novel, beloved by Marilynne Robinson, has power and poignancy – but little that surprises us.
"He’d developed circular breathing / Like a sax player"
The surrealist fancies of the “New Weird” find elegant expression in The Erstwhile by Brian Catling and The Last Days of New Paris by China Miéville.
Michelangelo disdained most artists, but his partnership with Sebastiano produced some of the boldest works of the Renaissance.
The President has published 17 books. Big win! Giles Smith ploughed through 5,000 pages of anecdotes, grievances, business “wisdom” and “truthful hyperbole” to try to uncover what drives him.
Abraham Lincoln carries an urgent message in this remarkable novel of ghosts and war.
At midday on Monday I want to tweet, “God, making records is fun!” and at 6pm I want to tweet, “God, making records is hard!”
The BBC have done wonderfully accurate adaptation of H G Wells’s novel.
The murder-as-dubiously-titillating-entertainment brigade should be required by law to watch Channel 4's A Killing in the Family. Plus: Killing for Love .
The film, which explores the unorthodox forms that power can take, shows Michèle continuing briskly with her life after she is assaulted in her apartment.
To clean my squalid bedroom would be tempting fate, I knew that – and then I went ahead and did it.
I could never have imagined, when I was growing up, this huge change in the make-up of England and in football.
This morning, I woke to a sound I didn’t recognise at first.
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