from the magazine

The Big Question: Robert Guest warns that lust is only ever satiated temporarily

The Big Question: Camila Batmanghelidjh believes that sloth—the sin of not caring—leads to the neglect and abuse of countless children 

The Big Question: Aminatta Forna argues that the modern world's greatest shame is our immense gluttony

The Big Question: for Jesse Norman, the Conservative politician, desiring more than you need is the most corrupting force

Theme of the Week...Childhood

Northern England, 1936: a boy of six suddenly hears that he once had a mother. Only later does he piece together her story. A memoir by Irving Wardle

Not far from London is a high-security psychiatric hospital that has held some of Britain's most violent criminals. The novelist Patrick McGrath grew up there—and loved it

For Ann Wroe, life is best when the world is simple, new and there to be discovered

At parent/teacher meetings, Maggie Fergusson struggles to spare her daughter's blushes