Book of the Week: Transcendence

Gaia Vince | Books

Why we’re more than just smarter chimps with cool tools… Read more

When bad news turns to good: ah, is this not happiness?

Jin Shengtan | Idle Thoughts

The 11th of 33 happy moments from a 17th-century Chinese writer…… Read more

Are you good with your hands?

Tom Hodgkinson | Letter from the Editor

Why manual work needs to be better appreciated… Read more


Charles Handy: A poem to learn before you die

Charles Handy | Comment

Learn a verse, get happy… Read more

Book of the Week: Head Hand Heart

David Goodhart | Books

Will Covid lead to higher status for care workers?… Read more

A summer’s moment: ah, is this not happiness?

Jin Shengtan | Idle Thoughts

The tenth of 33 happy moments from a 17th century Chinese writer…… Read more


A Zoom with some views

Tom Hodgkinson | Letter from the Editor

Why everyone wants “A Drink with the Idler”…… Read more

Charles Handy: the joys of self-employment

Charles Handy | Comment

Have you considered going solo?… Read more

Coronavirus: When a case is not a case

Bill Anderson | Comment

Bill Anderson clears up some Covid confusion… Read more


My autumn almanac

Tristan Gooley | Comment

Tristan Gooley is the Holmes of the hedgerows… Read more

Book of the Week: Entangled Life

Merlin Sheldrake | Books

Merlin Sheldrake on the curious habits of fungi… Read more

Watch it float away: Ah, is this not happiness?

Idle Thoughts

Jin Shengtan | 5 Oct 2020 | Idle Thoughts… Read more


The power of beer

Tom Hodgkinson | Letter from the Editor

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

Charles Handy: Just listen

Charles Handy | Comment

On the importance of paying attention… Read more

Trump’s Dark Arts

Mark Vernon | Idle Thoughts

Can occult philosophy explain the mystery of the American President?… Read more


Book of the Week: Philosopher Queens

Rebecca Buxton and Lisa Whiting | Books

A history of women thinkers, from Diotima to Angela Davis… Read more

Haggling: ah, is this not happiness?

Jin Shengtan | Idle Thoughts

The eighth of 33 happy moments from a 17th century Chinese poet… Read more

Boris has become a Puritan

Tom Hodgkinson | Letter from the Editor

And other reflections on lockdown, by Tom Hodgkinson… Read more


Why do we work?

Mark Vernon | Idle Thoughts

Mark Vernon on the ethical problem of the office job… Read more

Book of the Week: In Black and White

Alexandra Wilson | Books

Barrister Alexandra Wilson recalls her first day in court… Read more

Learning the classics: ah, is this not happiness?

Jin Shengtan | Idle Thoughts

The seventh of 33 happy moments from a 17th century Chinese poet… Read more


The problem with Jamie Oliver

Tom Hodgkinson | Letter from the Editor

Not so quick and easy…… Read more

Top tips for trespassers

Nick Hayes | Idle Thoughts

Nick Hayes on how to really enjoy the countryside… Read more

In praise of the chaise

Robert Wringham | Comment

Robert Wringham on an essential accessory for quality idling… Read more