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

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


Charles Handy: Preparing for the inevitable

Charles Handy | Comment

Thoughts on a rapidly-approaching death… Read more

The excruciating tedium of buying a car

Tom Hodgkinson | Letter from the Editor

Tom Hodgkinson agonises over a new set of wheels… Read more

Charles Handy: what would they write on your tombstone?

Charles Handy | Comment

Sage words from our avuncular guru… Read more


Book of the Week: 100 Things I Meant to Tell You, by Arthur Smith

Arthur Smith | Books

Arthur Smith on the joys of not going out… Read more

Interview: Jessie Cave

Florence Read | Idler Magazine

Florence Read meets the Harry Potter star turned novelist… Read more

Charles Handy: My grandson and the Marines

Charles Handy | Comment

Charles Handy on the value of avoiding the blame game… Read more


Joys of the Swiss Army knife

Lee Osborne | Idler Magazine

An idler’s companion… Read more

Bring back the chill out room!

Christopher Mellor and Matt Scott | Idler Magazine

Is it time to revisit rave’s zones of tranquility?… Read more

Book of the Week: The Penguin Book of Feminist Writing

Hannah Dawson | Books

Hannah Dawson surveys the history of feminist movements around the world in the introduction to her brilliant anthology… Read more


Why do my children stare at the fridge as if there’s no food in it?

Tom Hodgkinson | Letter from the Editor

Is cooking food really such a problem, wonders Tom Hodgkinson… Read more

Charles Handy: Grow better, not bigger

Charles Handy | Comment

Quality over quantity every time… Read more

Book of the Week: Au Revoir Tristesse

Viv Groskop | Books

Françoise Sagan did what she wanted – how freeing, writes Viv Groskop… Read more


Q&A: Douglas Coupland

Douglas Coupland | Books

The author talks about his new book, The Extreme Self … Read more

Book of the Week: The Government of No One, by Ruth Kinna

Ruth Kinna | Books

An enlightening study of anarchism… Read more

Chinese youth embrace ‘Lying Flat’ movement

Tom Hodgkinson | Letter from the Editor

Tom Hodgkinson on a new rebellion… Read more