If Britain loses Scotland it will feel like an amputation

I understand the lure of independence, but the prospect fills me with sadness for the country that would be left behindShortly after midnight, an email arrives. From a leading light of the campaign for Scottish independence, one who six months ago drea...

Published by: The Guardian

Ian McEwan on the Children Act – books podcast

The novelist talks to Jonathan Freedland and a Guardian audience about the moral dilemmas at the heart of his latest novel, The Children Act• Essay: Ian McEwan on the stories from the family courts that inspired his latest novel• Video: Ian M...

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War is not always the answer

Perhaps it was my choice of holiday reading. The book that dominated my summer break was Howard Jacobson's exceptional and unsettling new novel, simply titled "J". The word "Jew" does not appear, yet that very absence is the book's haunting theme. He d...

Published by: The Jewish Chronicle

Making sense of the magical journey from boy to man

In a world saturated by violence and sensation, true escape comes in Richard Linklaters affecting film BoyhoodThe cinema has always been a place of escape. In the early days the sanctuary it offered was obvious: a chance to slip free of the humdrum ted...

Published by: The Guardian