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.
As Huhne and Pryce have discovered, divorce can be a mystery to those involved – but not to the press
07 February 2013 07:30 PM
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
04 February 2013 06:54 PM
The writer and philosopher Alain de Botton today released his ten commandments for atheists. They're fine, but lack a little imagination...
31 January 2013 07:14 PM
Just imagine the possibilities if the Royals were just like us...
24 January 2013 06:16 PM
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
21 January 2013 08:09 PM
Plus: Alarmingly, in an age of teenage "sexting" housewife-warrior Mary Whitehouse no longer seems quite as absurd as she once did
17 January 2013 06:13 PM
This institution seduces punters into a pernicious fantasy of overnight riches and contributes to our something-for-nothing culture
15 January 2013 12:00 AM
This row shows the sensitivity police are ever more powerful and vigilant
10 January 2013 07:12 PM
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
07 January 2013 06:50 PM
The modern advice culture is enough to stress anyone out
05 January 2013 12:00 AM
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.
EU referendum: David Cameron's rules are a 'democratic disgrace', says French-born Scottish politician set to be denied a vote
British tourists complain that impoverished boat migrants are making holidays 'awkward' in Kos
A nation of inequality: How the UK is failing to feed its most vulnerable people
Australian man punched in the face for defending Muslim women from abuse on train
EU referendum: David Cameron to deny EU migrants and under-18s the chance to vote
David Starkey 'tells Amal Clooney to shut up and stop over-promoting human rights'
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