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Book review: In a new land

Lovers And Strangers: An Immigrant History Of Post-War Britain by Clair Wills, Allen Lane, £25
“That young man in the double-breasted suit and snapbrim trilby, grasping the handrail of the ship at Tilbury Dock, those girls in their crisp summer dresses…”
It’s...

Shaw and the sun

Founding Fabian George Bernard Shaw could often be found soaking up the rays in his rotating shed, writes Tania Woloshyn

Image: Wellcome Collection
Of all the images you may have come across of the illustrious Fabian, Nobel laureate and famous playwright, George...

The Great Clock

He wasn’t the sort of person you wanted for a neighbour, he was direct, rude, bombastic, right-wing, opinionated and… generally right! This was Edmund Beckett Denison the designer of the Great Clock at the Palace of Westminster and the bell...

The little tramp of the left

Charlie Chaplin was not only a comic genius but a citizen of the world and progressive campaigner. And his political story has surprising resonances today, as Richard Carr explains
For much of the interwar period the left was awash with ideas,...

Transforming the country

‘May you live in interesting times’ as the phrase says. Well few would dispute the fact that we have, ever since the exit poll on the night of the 2015 General Election which pointed to our worst fears - that...

Family and kinship for the 21st century

Finding affordable, good quality, flexible childcare has long been a headache for working parents. But the government has plans to address this issue. This September the amount of free childcare offered to three and four year olds in England will...

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