The Ancient Ukrainian Art of Pysanky Making

Julia Lasica | Comment

Why the tradition is more important now than ever… Read more

Mark Vernon’s Thought for the Week

Mark Vernon | Comment

A philosopher on how to cope with suffering… Read more

Charles Handy: Hubris leads to failure

Charles Handy | Comment

How acting like a big shot always backfires… Read more

Jarvis Cocker headlines Idler Festival

Victoria Hull | Idle Thoughts

Pulp legend Jarvis will be talking about his new book Good Pop, Bad Pop… Read more

The vanity of the middle-aged man

Tom Hodgkinson | Comment

Tom Hodgkinson has an unwelcome epiphany… Read more

Sherlock Holmes as idler

Tom Hodgkinson | Comment

A bed-bound Tom Hodgkinson revisits Conan Doyle’s masterpieces… Read more

Book of the Week: Every Family Has a Story

Julia Samuel | Books

Psychotherapist Julia Samuel’s new book on how we inherit love and loss… Read more

How to Deal with Envy When it Strikes

Tom Hodgkinson | Comment

How Samuel Johnson helps us steer clear of the green-eyed monster… Read more

Book of the Week: Shadowlands

Matthew Green | Books

The extraordinary stories behind Britain’s lost towns and settlements… Read more

The Importance of Leaving Well Alone

Charles Handy | Comment

Let people make their own decisions, argues Charles Handy… Read more

New Idler Out Now


Our March/April issue is now on sale… Read more

Book of the Week: Kobzar by Taras Shevchenko

Julia Lasica | Books

Julia Lasica celebrates Taras Shevchenko, Ukraine’s national poet… Read more

Book of the Week: Odyssey by Harry Mount

Harry Mount | Books

Harry Mount takes us to the palace of Homer’s hero… Read more

On Freedom and Ukraine

Mark Vernon | Comment

Philosopher Mark Vernon sees the light of hope in the fight for liberty… Read more

UK’s Five Best Cherry Blossoms

Rhiannon Batten | Idler Magazine

The top places to find “nature’s confetti” this spring… Read more

How to Give a Speech

Arthur Smith | Idler Magazine

Arthur Smith’s oratorical tips… Read more

Milton’s Wild Years

Joe Moshenska | Idler Magazine

Was Milton’s masterpiece born out of his years spent idling? asks Joe Moshenska… Read more

In Praise of Kropotkin, Russian Anarchist

Tom Hodgkinson | Letter from the Editor

Make mutual aid, not war, says Tom Hodgkinson… Read more

Idler Retreat 2022


A glorious week of fun and rest in Italy… Read more

Book of the Week: Bitch by Lucy Cooke

Lucy Cooke | Books

Darwin was all wrong about female animals, says Lucy Cooke… Read more

The Birthplace of Democracy and Theatre

Harry Mount | Comment

Harry Mount on the miracle of ancient Athens… Read more

Disappointments of the Bohemian Parents

Tom Hodgkinson | Letter from the Editor

The offspring of my artist friends are getting jobs in insurance… Read more

Book of the Week: Work Won’t Love You Back

Sarah Jaffe | Books

Our jobs leave us exploited and exhausted, and it’s getting worse, argues Sarah Jaffe… Read more

My Old Mac Has Finally Died

Tom Hodgkinson | Letter from the Editor

Tom Hodgkinson gets advice on what to do now… Read more