Books

How the MPs' expenses scandal proved the wisdom of Alain de Botton

1 February 2014 9:00 am

Whenever I’m tempted to pretend to be nicer so that fewer people hate me, I remember my old friend Alain…

By the book: The NSA is behaving like a villain in a 1950s novel

18 January 2014 9:00 am

The continuing drip-feed of stories about governments and friendly-seeming internet giants sifting through our data has left some citizens feeling…

Martin Vander Weyer: How many times must we save the City?

14 December 2013 9:00 am

Top of my Christmas reading pile is Saving the City by Richard Roberts, a new account of the largely forgotten…

Damian McBride: Why I clutched at my trousers in front of Jeremy Paxman

28 September 2013 9:00 am

They say nothing beats the feeling of seeing your book in print. But for me, the proudest moment was presenting…

Seamus Heaney's poems are for Protestants too

7 September 2013 9:00 am

Seamus Heaney’s poetry from the other side of Northern Ireland’s divide

The views that inspire writers

31 August 2013 9:00 am

Do writers really need inspiring landscapes? Or the opposite?

What a tortoise can teach us

3 August 2013 9:00 am

Five lessons from my new pet

It’s the summer of the topless man – and there’s nothing we can do to stop it

20 July 2013 9:00 am

Topless men. What does that mean, then? I was opposite one on the tube the other day, heading north from…

The greatest novel in English – and how to drink it

20 July 2013 9:00 am

Which is the greatest novel in the English language? Let us review the candidates: Clarissa, Pride and Prejudice, Middlemarch, The…

Dear Mary: How can I stop friends from coming to my book launch?

13 July 2013 9:00 am

Q.  I have far too many friends to be able to invite them all to my forthcoming book launch. How…