Terence Blacker

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.

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Chris Huhne and Vicky Pryce at Southwark Crown Court yesterday

As Huhne and Pryce have discovered, divorce can be a mystery to those involved – but not to the press

The days between the equal marriage bill and St Valentine's day should be a time to celebrate love; instead it's divorce that fascinates us most

Commandments for today? Here’s my ten best

The writer and philosopher Alain de Botton today released his ten commandments for atheists. They're fine, but lack a little imagination...

Gotta love those Royals: on the Tube, eating Big Macs, doing a day’s work

Just imagine the possibilities if the Royals were just like us...

It’s your fault that you’re so fat and poor

Rather than control the excesses of big business, this Government prefers to make snobby comments about people eating in front of the telly

Radio 4 want Will Self as writer-in-residence. But becoming a national treasure carries a heavy price

Plus: Alarmingly, in an age of teenage "sexting" housewife-warrior Mary Whitehouse no longer seems quite as absurd as she once did

The National Lottery is a national disgrace

This institution seduces punters into a pernicious fantasy of overnight riches and contributes to our something-for-nothing culture

Have the years mellowed Julie Burchill's other great enmities?

The world has gone mad if Julie Burchill can’t stir things up and cause offence

This row shows the sensitivity police are ever more powerful and vigilant

John McCririck is suing Channel 4 - but it's not age that holds him back, it's aging attitudes

John McCririck can’t complain about “ageism” at 72. The real problem is a certain sort of baby boomers who just can’t let go

Whatever your age, there’s an anxiety that’s just for you

The modern advice culture is enough to stress anyone out

Book of a lifetime: A Fan's Notes, By Frederick Exley

Most of the books of my lifetime have an explicable chronology to them. I read Joseph Heller's Something Happened when I was first working in an office. Ford Madox Ford's The Good Soldier fascinated me when I was first trying to write a novel. Lorrie Moore's collection The Birds of America reached me when I was in a post-divorce haze.

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Blundering Tony Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

Blundering Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

For Arabs – and for Britons who lost their loved ones in his shambolic war in Iraq – his appointment was an insult, says Robert Fisk
Fifa corruption arrests: All hail the Feds for riding to football's rescue

Fifa corruption arrests

All hail the Feds for riding to football's rescue, says Ian Herbert
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How I survived Cambodia's Killing Fields: Acclaimed surgeon SreyRam Kuy celebrates her mother's determination to escape the US

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