Ukrainian Poppy Seed Cake with Elderflower and Strawberries

Olia Hercules | Food

An early summer treat from Ukraine… Read more

Why You Should Make Your Own Sandwiches

Tom Hodgkinson | Comment

Embrace autarkia and ataraxia in one simple creative act… Read more

The vanity of the middle-aged man

Tom Hodgkinson | Comment

Tom Hodgkinson has an unwelcome epiphany… Read more


Book of the Week: Kobzar by Taras Shevchenko

Julia Lasica | Books

Julia Lasica celebrates Taras Shevchenko, Ukraine’s national poet… Read more

UK’s Five Best Cherry Blossoms

Rhiannon Batten | Idler Magazine

The top places to find “nature’s confetti” this spring… Read more

How to Give a Speech

Arthur Smith | Idler Magazine

Arthur Smith’s oratorical tips… Read more


New: How to live in the country

Tom Hodgkinson | Letter from the Editor

Tom Hodgkinson’s guide to husbandry – available now… Read more

How to Keep a Diary

Michael Palin | Idler Magazine

Michael Palin’s guide… Read more

Wild garlic: how to find it and 3 things to do with it

Letter from the Editor

Tom Hodgkinson heads out to the woods… Read more


The power of beer

Tom Hodgkinson | Letter from the Editor

Like Hogarth and Cobbett, Tom Hodgkinson enjoys an ale… Read more

My island isolation

Roddy Woomble | Idle Thoughts

Idlewild’s Roddy Woomble lives in Iona… Read more

Goodbye nine-to-five; hello Oxford hours

Charles Handy | Comment

Afternoons are not for working, says Charles Handy… Read more


Michael Palin: My struggle to take it easy

Michael Palin | Idler Magazine

And an unfortunate incident in the kitchen… Read more

How Socrates can teach us how to die

Mark Vernon | Idler Magazine

Embrace the ultimate idling, says Mark Vernon… Read more

The sinister world of Spinner.net

Harry R Lloyd | Idle Thoughts

Harry R. Lloyd investigates the website selling mind control… Read more


Interview: Damien Hirst

Tom Hodgkinson | Idler Magazine

We meet the artist in his riverside studio… Read more

The Idler 42, 2009: Smash the System

This is the first of our series of six annual hardback editions of the… Read more

Democracy and its discontents

Mark Vernon | Sermons

The ancient Greek invention is brilliant but dangerous… Read more


Sunday Sermon: The soul of the European union

Mark Vernon | Comment

Our deeper, older links are unchanged… Read more

*Modern Toss Colouring Books Now in Stock*

Modern Toss | Books

Our favourite cartoonists Jon Link & Mick Bunnage of Modern Toss fame have unleashed two… Read more


The cure for workaholism is philosophy

Andrew Smart | Comment

Science is discovering what we idlers knew all along… Read more

Why Rhetoric Matters

Benet Brandreth | Events

The power of language by Benet Brandreth… Read more

Letter from the Editor: Work Less, Learn More

Tom Hodgkinson | Comment

Fulfilment comes not from work but from study… Read more