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.
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.
How much of David Aaronovitch’s choleric anger at the left, his determination to establish the essentially self-deceiving nature of British socialism, is to do with his parents?
No one writes better about friendship, about the way that connection can blaze up and fall away, within the course of an evening or over decades.