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How to get over writer's block

Novelist Peter de Vries once said, 'I write when I’m inspired, and I see to it that I’m inspired at nine o’clock every morning.'

Emil Zátopek: The greatest Olympian who defied Russian tanks

Emil Zátopek was once the world's best loved athlete – many runners still consider him the greatest Olympic champion of all. But in 1968 his life took a turn for the worse. His brave stand against the Soviet tanks that invaded his native Czechoslovakia saw him fall foul of the Communist authorities – and vanish from public life. Today, he is all but forgotten. And yet, argues Richard Askwith, his story is as relevant today as it has ever been

Confessions of a Heretic: What is the best way to mourn?

Whether regretting the human condition or laying our ghosts to rest, creativity is the key, says Roger Scruton. In this essay from his new collection, he explains how 'all is not lost, if art remains, to show that all is lost'