Our daughter died. Now she lives in the pages of a romantic novel

In 2003, Alice Martineau was on the brink of a successful pop career when she died, aged 30, of cystic fibrosis. Now her family have given permission for her inspiring life story to be fictionalised In November 2014, an email pinged into Luke Martineaus inbox from Cystic Fibrosis Trust helplines: 0300 373 1000 or 020 … Read more

Neil Gaiman: Why our future depends on libraries, reading and daydreaming

A lecture explaining why using our imaginations, and providing for others to use theirs, is an obligation for all citizens Its important for people to tell you what side they are on and why, and whether they might be biased. A declaration of members interests, of a sort. So, I am going to be talking … Read more

Detained on Nauru: ‘This is the most painful part of my story when you realise no one cares’

In this excerpt from the book They Cannot Take the Sky, Benjamin talks about his years detained on Nauru, and his undying hopes for the future Benjamin was taken to Nauru in 2013 with his family. He told the first part of this story on Christmas Day 2014. He is still on Nauru. You just … Read more

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie on transgender row: ‘I have nothing to apologise for’

Novelist and feminist has attracted criticism for her comments on trans women, but says hostility of backlash serves to close up debate Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, the Nigerian novelist and feminist, has condemned a language orthodoxy on the political left after Half of a Yellow Sun plunged into a row about identity politics when she suggested … Read more

Bureau of Labor Statistics uses data to map out the ‘Hunger Games’ districts vs. real places

Image:  Lionsgate Films If you thought the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics was boring, just look at how pop culturally relevant they’ve become with their latest blog post. Although the latest Hunger Games movie came out months ago, the Bureau took its own data on employment (based on industries, occupation, employment numbers and geography) to … Read more

The 100 best nonfiction books: No 53 The Varieties of Religious Experience by William James (1902)

This revolutionary work written by Henry Jamess less famous brother brought a democratising impulse to the realm of religious belief The United States is a society, first described in Thomas Jeffersons revolutionary words in 1776, that constantly rewrites its narrative in law, philosophy, economics and belief, as well as through poetry, drama and fiction. In … Read more

From Marilynne Robinson to Richard Ford, six writers in search of Trump’s America

Six giants of American literature reveal how they are responding to a transformed society On the night of 8 November 2016, the United States, a mature republic of 241 summers, experienced a dreadful upset and fell into a condition that hovered between catatonia and hysteria. On college campuses, young women were throwing up. Others were … Read more

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