Jubilee and the Spirit of Merry England

Tom Hodgkinson | Comment

It’s a time for liberty, festivity and serious idling… Read more

In Praise of the Vyshyvanka

Julia Lasica | Comment

Julia Lasica on why this traditional Ukrainian garment symbolises so much… Read more

Book of the Week: Good Pop, Bad Pop

Jarvis Cocker | Books

Jarvis Cocker on being a slowcoach… Read more


Coleridge Talks Treason in a Beautiful Garden

Tom Hodgkinson | Comment

Tom Hodgkinson on a Romantic revolution… Read more

Ukrainian Poppy Seed Cake with Elderflower and Strawberries

Olia Hercules | Food

An early summer treat from Ukraine… Read more

Book of the Week: Smoke Hole

Martin Shaw | Books

Martin Shaw on how ancient stories help us… Read more


Do You Really Want to Win the Lottery?

Tom Hodgkinson | Letter from the Editor

You don’t have to be a millionaire to be rich, says Tom Hodgkinson … Read more

Charles Handy: What does “fair” mean?

Charles Handy | Comment

It’s a question that’s at the heart of the choices we make… Read more

Book of the Week: Portable Magic

Emma Smith | Books

How a biography of Victoria helped win the war. By Emma Smith… Read more


New: The Idler Guide to Investment with Edward Chancellor

Tom Hodgkinson | Online course

Or how not to lose a lot of money… Read more

The Pure Joy of Playing in Bands

Tom Hodgkinson | Letter from the Editor

Jarvis’s new memoir provokes nostalgia for Tom Hodgkinson… Read more

What’s Important to Italians

Charles Handy | Comment

Charles Handy says the serious stuff can wait… Read more


Book of the Week: Careering

Daisy Buchanan | Books

An extract from Daisy Buchanan’s new novel… Read more

Roll Up for the Idler Festival

Tom Hodgkinson | Letter from the Editor

8, 9 and 10 July, Fenton House & Garden, Hampstead NW3… Read more

How to Swear in French

Viv Groskop | Idler Magazine

From the Idler No.84 (May-June 2022) – out now… Read more


The Surrealists’ War on Work

Abigail Susik | Idler Magazine

From the Idler No.84 (May-June 2022) – out now… Read more

Tea With Margaret Drabble

Tom Hodgkinson | Idler Magazine

Tom Hodgkinson meets a literary legend… Read more

Book of the Week: The Trespasser’s Companion

Nick Hayes | Books

Nick Hayes declares war on the law… Read more


Joys of Old Comedy

Tom Hodgkinson | Letter from the Editor

How laughter unites, from Aristophanes to The Fast Show… Read more

Charlie Higson: A Greek Tale

Charlie Higson | Stories

Teenage trauma on a 1970s holiday, with ouzo involved… Read more

Book of the Week: Whatever Gets You Through the Night

Charlie Higson | Books

Reflections on psychopaths from Charlie Higson… Read more


Secrets of the Money-Saving Amateurs

Tom Hodgkinson | Comment

How to spend less on the boring things and more on the fun ones… Read more

Book of the Week: The Odyssey by Lara Williams

Lara Williams | Books

A brilliant satire on working life… Read more

Why You Should Make Your Own Sandwiches

Tom Hodgkinson | Comment

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