Words & Ideas

Love and Hunger is a distillation of everything Charlotte Wood has learned over more than twenty years about cooking and the pleasur... read more

Love and Hunger: Thoughts on the Gift of Food
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Pauline Hanson is not alone out there. A million votes are in play. Strategists in both Labor and the Coalition are asking, what can we give them? At stake are the progressive hopes of most... read more

Quarterly Essay 65: The White Queen,  One Nation and the Politics of Race
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Kate Grenville had always associated perfume with elegance and beauty. Then the headaches started. Like perhaps a quarter of the population, Grenville reacts badly to the artificial fragrances around us- other people's perfu... read more

The Case Against Fragrance
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Was Rochester a murderer? Did the Reverend Bronte carry a loaded pistol? What, precisely, does 'Wuthering' mean? Did the Brontes all have tiny feet? To celebrate the bicentenary of Charlo... read more

The Brontesaurus: An A-Z of Charlotte, Emily and Anne Bronte (and Branwell)
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I pedal over to Kensington just after dark. As I roll along the lane towards the railway underpass, a young Asian woman on her way home from the station walks out of the tunnel towards me. After she passes there’s a stillness,... read more

Everywhere I Look
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In the beginning there was light but more than this, there was gravity. After that, all hell broke loose...This is how the story of the greatest intellectual adventure in history should be introduced - how humanity rea... read more

The Greatest Story Ever Told...So Far
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Hilarious, heartbreaking, provocative and affecting - Howard Jacobson's irresistible journalism reveals the Man Booker Prize-winning novelist in all his humanity. From the tiniest absurdities to the most universal joys and desolatio... read more

The Dog's Last Walk
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A friend recently told me that the things I write are powerful for her because they have the effect of making her feel angry instead of just empty. I want to do this for all women and young girls - ... read more

Fight Like A Girl: Raise Voices. Raise Courage. Raise the Flag.
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From the best-selling author of Americanah and We Should All Be Feminists comes a powerful new statement about feminism today - written as a letter to a friend. I have some suggestions for how to... read more

Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions
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 ‘Equality for women isn't a women's issue. When women fulfill their potential, everyone benefits. Equality means better politics, a more vibrant economy, a workforce that draws on the talents of the whole popul... read more

Attack of the Fifty Foot Women
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Sapiens showed us where we came from. Homo Deus shows us where we're going. War is obsolete. You are more likely to commit suicide than be killed in conflict. Famine is disappearing. You are at more risk of obesity t... read more

Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow
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Award-winning journalist and author Nir Baram spent a year and a half travelling around the West Bank and East Jerusalem. In this fascinating recount of that journey, Baram navigates the... read more

A Land Without Borders: My Journey Around East Jerusalem and the West Bank
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