Who could resist an event which partners former petroleum geologist Rick Bass, whose short stories have been described by the New York Times as exploring the wild and humane in all of us, and the master of quiet and disturbing explorations of the ordinary Tessa Hadley?Read More
From the outset, Julia Hobsbawm’s chutzpah is apparent. In age of endless data creation and manipulation, of speed and deadlines, of efficiency and complexity, here stands a business woman saying, ‘wait, a second – what on earth are we doing?’ Her book, Fully Connected, argues not to return to a time of wistful nostalgia, to those pre-internet days when apparently we all got on and understood one another, but instead to pause for a moment and reassess whether the route we are going down is an altogether healthy one (she points to how global productivity is stagnant, for instance).Read More
The event begins with the chair, Julia Hobsbawm, asking the audience to raise their hands if they currently felt optimistic about the world, and predictably only a few hands fly into the air. Johan Norberg, a Swedish academic and author of Progress: Ten Reasons to Look Forward to the Future, smiles knowingly. He knows this is the case and knows that this is why we are all here: because we want to be convinced otherwise.Read More
Cathy Rentzenbrink’s first book The Last Act of Love was a heartbreaking story of how her family came to terms with the tragic events that left, her brother Matty in a coma. After eight years, the family arrive at the unimaginably hard decision to let him go. Told with compassion and honesty, it is an unflinching look at grief, loss and strength.Read More
It could be argued, albeit with a healthy dose of irony, that with Trump and his grubby ‘grab ‘em by the pussy’ bragging and the ensuing pussy hat retaliation/revolution, the vagina is finally having its time in the spotlight, but it is remarkable how invisible the vagina still is in popular culture.Read More
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