London’s dark underbelly: Caledonian Road, by Andrew O’Hagan, reviewed

13 April 2024 9:00 am

With its vast cast and twisting plot, O’Hagan’s complex novel feels as busy and noisy as the north London thoroughfare of its title

You are what you don’t eat

16 March 2024 9:00 am

In the past, the ability to preserve food depended largely on people’s means, making Eleanor Barnett’s history of food waste also a history of changing attitudes to poverty

There was nothing remotely pleasant about a peasant’s existence

24 February 2024 9:00 am

Focusing on Ireland and his own peasant heritage, Patrick Joyce laments the passing of a distinctive way of life. But the world his parents left behind was truly horrible

Was the French Revolution inevitable?

28 October 2023 9:00 am

It was clear for decades in France that unrest was steadily building before public anger finally exploded in the spring of 1789, says Ruth Scurr

Broken dreams

8 July 2023 9:00 am

Interviewing the Continent’s refugees and poorest rural inhabitants, Ben Judah reveals a world far removed from Brussels politics or Eurovision optimism

Is Margaret Thatcher ultimately to blame for the current social housing crisis?

24 June 2023 9:00 am

Her 1980 ‘Right to Buy’ policy, though popular at the time, led to the serious erosion of social housing stock and today’s itinerant population, says Kieran Yates

So ancient, so new

17 June 2023 9:00 am

Its industrial new towns have nothing in common with its picturesque villages and lonely estuaries – but a refusal to conform still unites this deeply schizophrenic county

The deathly malaise that’s crippling Russia

8 October 2022 9:00 am

Now is a difficult time to empathise with Russians – which is why we need Maxim Osipov. We need him…

Liz Truss should increase Universal Credit

7 September 2022 10:32 pm

Liz Truss’s plans for a two-year energy bill freeze, estimated to cost £100 billion, underscore three points. One, the incoming Prime…

Modern capitalism has failed my son

9 April 2022 9:00 am

A light was on in the caravan site office so I went over to try and buy a gas canister.…

Why I don’t stick to football

11 September 2021 9:00 am

In football, you are always stronger in numbers. With a shared focus, people from different cultures, nationalities, races, sexual orientations,…

Boris's levelling up risks leaving behind London

16 May 2021 3:00 pm

Boris Johnson’s plan to ‘level up’ Britain sounds long overdue. It implies the creation of a less geographically unequal United…

Westminster and the truth about the class ceiling

24 April 2021 9:00 am

Social mobility is more urgently needed than ever

The real reasons children are going hungry

6 March 2021 9:00 am

‘We’re idiots, babe, it’s a wonder we can even feed ourselves.’ I listened to The Food Programme on Radio 4…

Trade not aid: spending more doesn’t mean we care more

5 December 2020 9:00 am

Spending more doesn’t mean we care more

How come the less something is a problem, the more people talk about it?

27 June 2020 9:00 am

The less something is a problem, the more people talk about it

Who can still make a Sunday joint last a week?

16 May 2020 9:00 am

Sunday lunch was always roast beef and, in the traditional way, the Yorkshire pudding was served first with gravy, supposedly…

There’s nothing equal about this virus

18 April 2020 9:00 am

Filthy germ-laden townsfolk were out and about on the footpaths near my home on Easter Sunday, dragging with them their…

The cops are impotent in lawless New York

23 November 2019 9:00 am

New York   Things are heating up, in both London and Nueva York, as this place should correctly be called.…

David Schwimmer has produced a new film of Alexander Zeldin’s play LOVE for the BBC. [Photo: Jose M. Osorio/Chicago Tribune/TNS via Getty Images]

David Schwimmer on his new BBC film

8 December 2018 9:00 am

There is very little art about modern poverty, because who wants to know? It is barely acknowledged, unless there is…

The poorer I get, the more capitalist I become

26 May 2018 9:00 am

‘What a fabulous tan, where did you get it? said one of my fellow lunch guests as we entered the…

‘A Cellar Dive in the Bend’, c.1895, by Richard Hoe Lawrence and Henry G. Piffard

A short history of flash photography

18 November 2017 9:00 am

All photography requires light, but the light used in flash photography is unique — shocking, intrusive and abrupt. It’s quite…

The Florida Project never sanctifies or demonises and is absorbing throughout

11 November 2017 9:00 am

The Florida Project is a drama set in one of those cheap American motels occupied by poor people who would…

Destitute Britain

28 October 2017 9:00 am

I became aware that there was real destitution in modern Britain five years ago. Destitution, as I see it, arises…