Melissa Benn writes for the Guardian and other publications on social issues, particularly education. She is the author of several books of non-fiction and two novels, including One of Us (2008), and reviews books for the New Statesman.
The practice of excluding under-performing pupils ahead of exams disproportionately affects the less privileged.
As the coalition-era reforms falter and fail, some teachers are looking to the future, not to the past, for education inspiration.
From the “Swindon experiment” and beyond, Hilary Cottam’s ideas could transform our social crisis.
Radical Happiness: Moments of Collective Joy by Lynne Segal, and Riot Days by Pussy Riot's Maria Alyokhina both talk finding comfort in solidarity.
In our world dominated by the hard men (and women) of the new right, the book reads more as a chill warning.
Can books by Jessa Crispin, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Catherine Mayer and Jess Phillips harness a wave of popular energy?
Part political chronicle, part emotional narrative, Sheila Rowbotham’s Rebel Crossings brings hidden stories into detailed, sympathetic view.
Hinterland is just as enjoyable as Mullin's diaries. More importantly, its account of the party has urgent lessons for today.
Garnett’s potent memoir The Day the Music Died shows a life defined by the refusal of even the most ordinary levels of mendacity.
Robert D Putnam has created an absorbing sketch of the US, drawn from hundreds of interviews with families.