Book of the Week: House Party

Jason Williamson | Books

Work’s shit when you’re in a band, says Sleaford Mod Jason Williamson… Read more

Catching a lucky break: ah, is this not happiness?

Jin Shengtan | Idle Thoughts

The 22nd of 33 happy moments from a 17th-century Chinese scholar… Read more

Why January is for lolling by the fire

Tom Hodgkinson | Letter from the Editor

Get busy doing nothing… Read more


How to sleep in a church

Richard Hammond | Idler Magazine

Richard Hammond gets a pew with a view… Read more

Pillows of industry

Kamin Mohammadi | Idler Magazine

Get ahead, work from bed, says Kamin Mohammadi… Read more

Meditation with Sister Jayanti

Tom Hodgkinson | Idler Magazine

Tom Hodgkinson gets a lesson in being… Read more


To give discreetly: ah, is this not happiness?

Jin Shengtan | Idle Thoughts

The 21st of 33 happy moments from a 17th-century Chinese writer and critic… Read more

Idler 76, Jan/Feb 2021

Back Issues

Meditation with Sister Jayanti, Michael Palin dines with God, Dickens meets a hermit and… Read more

Charles Handy: the origins of Boxing Day

Charles Handy | Comment

It’s a time for charity… Read more


Book of the Week: A Christmas Carol

Charles Dickens | Books

Dickens’s festive favourite… Read more

A bad year for many, a good year for a few

Tom Hodgkinson | Letter from the Editor

How Big Tech made big bucks from Covid… Read more

Finding a forgotten treasure: ah, is this not happiness?

Jin Shengtan | Idle Thoughts

The 20th of 33 happy moments from a 17th-century Chinese writer and scholar… Read more


Making merry with our favourite historian

Tom Hodgkinson | Letter from the Editor

Ronald Hutton’s new online course… Read more

Book of the Week: Stations of the Sun

Ronald Hutton | Books

Prof Ronald Hutton on how the medievals did Christmas… Read more

What a relief: ah, is this not happiness?

Jin Shengtan | Idle Thoughts

The 19th of 33 happy moments from a 17th-century Chinese writer and critic… Read more


Your right to roam: a guide

Nick Hayes | Idle Thoughts

Agitator Nick Hayes on freeing the countryside… Read more

Solutions to the Shavian puzzle

Alex Bellos | Books

1. b) 2. d) 3. e) 4. a) 5. c)
𐑕 is the sound ‘ss’… Read more

Charles Handy: the greatest painting in the world

Charles Handy | Comment

Time for a new start… Read more


Book of the Week: The Language Lover’s Puzzle Book

Alex Bellos | Books

A cracking conundrum from this entertaining tome… Read more

Thinking, ‘If only…’: ah, is this not happiness?

Jin Shengtan | Idle Thoughts

The 18th in 33 happy moments from a 17th-century Chinese writer and critic… Read more

Books for Christmas: Our Picks

Tom Hodgkinson | Books

The best literature for loafers from 2020… Read more


Adam Buxton gets train rage

Adam Buxton | Books

An awkward moment on the 14.12 to Cambridge… Read more

Book of the Week: Montaigne’s Essays

Montaigne | Books

The 16th century philosopher on idleness… Read more

A slice of summer: ah, is this not happiness?

Jin Shengtan | Idle Thoughts

17th happy moment… Read more