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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.
Two new books argue politics is too often arrogantly distant from the things that really matter.
We should all be grateful to this doughty, irrepressible woman who battled so hard and sacrificed so much to make the world a tangibly better place.
How a generation of women rewrote the rules of publishing in the 1970s.
Over the past 120 years, working mothers have gone from being considered a social problem to a social norm.
Rebecca Solnit steps into the culture wars with her new essay collection Whose Story is This?
Don’t sweat it if you fail, Perry reassures: the point is always to repair minor mistakes or even serious harm.
Through the story of her grandmother’s rural Home Counties pub, Laura Thompson offers us a lyrical portrait of a fast-vanishing way of life.
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.