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Tom Hodgkinson | Letter from the Editor

A stern note in the kitchen teaches Tom Hodgkinson a lesson… Read more

Charles Handy: Breaking Good

Charles Handy | Comment

Charles Handy on how getting broken can make you stronger… Read more

Book of the Week: The Radical Potter

Tristram Hunt | Books

Tristram Hunt on the Staffordshire craftsman Josiah Wedgwood… Read more


Why is Dante so inspiring?

Mark Vernon | Books

The reasons behind Dante’s seven centuries of cultural influence… Read more

Book of the Week: Think Like an Elf

Lauren Child | Books

It’s the triumphant return of Clarice Bean… Read more

The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám

Emma Park | Idler Magazine

Wine, a tree and your beloved: what’s not to like?… Read more


How to Keep a Diary

Michael Palin | Idler Magazine

Michael Palin’s guide… Read more

Travel: Milestones of Britain

Rhiannon Batten | Idler Magazine

Rhiannon Batten hits the old ways… Read more

Book of the Week: Underland

Robert Macfarlane | Books

Deep time is radical, writes Robert Macfarlane… Read more


Merry-making in the country

Tom Hodgkinson | Letter from the Editor

Tom Hodgkinson finds a field full of merry-making … Read more

The irresistible rise of Oatly

Tom Hodgkinson | Letter from the Editor

How a Swedish company repackaged gruel… Read more

Interview: Youth meets Lee Scratch Perry

Youth | Interview

A tribute to the dub legend, from Idler #55, July 2017… Read more


Charles Handy: Delegation’s what you need

Charles Handy | Comment

Charles Handy on the value of devolving decision-making… Read more

Book of the Week: The Right to be Lazy

Paul Lafargue | Books

Fight for your licence to loaf, says Paul Lafargue… Read more

Happy Lammas from the Idler

Tom Hodgkinson | Letter from the Editor

We’re off to a festival
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Charles Handy: inventing a new life

Charles Handy | Comment

Charles Handy on the value of re-imagining your life’s story… Read more

Book of the Week: On Lying in Bed

G. K. Chesterton | Books

GK Chesterton’s essay on one of our favourite idle pursuits… Read more

24 Hours in Brighton

Letter from the Editor

Tom Hodgkinson visits an idler’s paradise… Read more


Charles Handy: my new business idea

Charles Handy | Comment

Why not create a ‘library of experiences’?… Read more

Book of the Week: Better to Have Gone

Akash Kapur | Books

Akash Kapur’s story of love and tragedy in India’s utopian Auroville community… Read more

The trials and triumphs of off-grid camping

Tom Hodgkinson | Letter from the Editor

Tom Hodgkinson goes off-grid on the Welsh coast… Read more


Charles Handy: the truth about comb-overs

Charles Handy | Comment

Make life simple and tell the truth, says Charles Handy… Read more

Book of the Week: Meditations

Marcus Aurelius | Books

Slow down, says Marcus Aurelius… Read more

Drugs and the work ethic

Tom Hodgkinson | Letter from the Editor

Tom Hodgkinson on Michael Pollan’s new book… Read more