The writer and broadcaster Terence Blacker contributes a twice-weekly column on a wide range of social, cultural and environmental issues. He is the author of four novels, of prize-winning fiction for children, and has written a highly praised biography of the brilliant reprobate Willie Donaldson.
08 June 2014 05:36 PM
It seems that anyone who has reached the age of 89 should be presumed to be so helpless that merely catching a train represents an act of derring-do
29 May 2014 05:00 PM
Long before we entered this golden age of over-sharing, Nicholson Baker was fossicking through the stuff of intimate daily life, exploring in detail which borders on the obsessive-compulsive the subjects that fascinate him – words, books, music, poetry, humans, sex.
27 April 2014 06:32 PM
If she did indeed argue that professional women working in her ministry should avoid flashing the flesh, was that really such an outrageous thing to suggest?
Updike by Adam Begley, book review: A biography shows that John Updike's talent was for fiction, not domestic drama
17 April 2014 03:30 PM
In 1999,John Updike contributed an essay about what he called "the Judas biography" to the New York Review of Books. "I raise the possibility," he wrote, "that we resent a fiction writer's manipulation of his private life, including the private life of those around him, and rejoice when he or she loses control."
Singing from the Floor by JP Bean, book review: A glorious history of folk music and those who made it
09 April 2014 09:00 PM
It is not difficult to mock folk clubs. Middle-aged, occasionally solemn, riven with rules about what is acceptably traditional, they may sing brave songs of freedom but that spirit is not always extended to music of which they disapprove.
06 April 2014 07:19 PM
It is time to be a little more relaxed when people like Russell Brand barge in
02 April 2014 12:00 AM
Terence Blacker was on a visit to a prison to talk about the benefits of reading when he heard about the ban on books. Where better to contemplate the folly of the move?
21 March 2014 07:04 PM
The group-think that infects the Corporation has serious implications
23 February 2014 06:04 PM
Couples now realise marriage is not a social, religious or family matter. It’s personal
10 February 2014 02:04 PM
Tempting as it must have been to win some positive PR, the Copenhagen zoo took the tougher, more responsible course
Nearly 100,000 of Britain's poorest children go hungry after parents' benefits are cut
Durham Free School: 'Creationism taught at' free school facing closure
End of the licence fee: BBC to back radical overhaul of how it is funded
Elif Shafak: Turkish author warns against rise of British nationalism
Most people think legal tax avoidance is just as wrong as illegal tax evasion, poll suggests
Nigel Farage promises Ukip will not 'stigmatise' would-be migrants – and says he wants 'everyone to speak the same language'
- 1 Tourist films plane's descent just metres above packed Caribbean beach
- 2 Kate Moss: Previously unpublished nude photo revealed by Mert and Marcus
- 3 Indian woman creates 'Marriage CV' after parents put her on dating site: 'Definitely not marriage material. Won’t grow long hair, ever'
- 4 World Book Day: Boy 'excluded' from school after dressing up as Fifty Shades' Christian Grey
- 5 Bad Jews poster 'censored' on London Tube