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The creative power of illness.
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The former Conservative Education Secretary is sceptical about Michael Gove's free schools.
Peter Wilby's "First Thoughts" column.
He kept power by bullying those who dissented – and his departure leaves a dangerous vacuum.
Landscapes of the Metropolis of Death: Reflections on Memory and Imagination - review.
Alone in America: the Stories that Matter - review.
Sorry! The English and Their Manners - review.
Civilisation’s gains and losses.
Bob Servant Independent - review.
The Books Interview.
"Cruel Britannia: a Secret History of Torture" and "Classified: Secrecy and the State in Modern Britain" reviewed.
Play It Again: an Amateur Against the Impossible - review.
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"I sometimes think of myself as a weak character who simply yielded to invitations."
We are living without the sense of the shamanic and the transformational that our forebears found vital for survival.
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