An office tower at night in Chicago
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The workplace – prison or sanctuary?

From dark 19th-century quarters to Silicon Valley playground, the office has long divided opinion

boy reading book
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The language instinct

Henry Mance on why young Britons are reading less than they used to – and what can be done about it

Roy Jenkins playing tennis with his wife Jennifer at their home in East Hendred, Berkshire on March 20 1976
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Roy Jenkins recalled

The Labour politician missed out on being PM but did more to shape modern Britain than any of his political peers

Karl Ove Knausgaard in May 2013
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Karl Ove Knausgaard

Emily Stokes on a Norwegian writer’s Proustian achievement

How clever are ‘smart thinking’ books?

Philosopher Julian Baggini explores whether the genre delivers on its promises of personal improvement

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Teenage angst in a digital world

How the perennial struggle between adolescents and their parents moved online – and turned into a commercial product. By Gautam Malkani

Delhi street scene

India’s democratic dance

Elections can reveal the country at its best but they also obscure deep-rooted problems

Palestinians harvesting olives
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Simon Schama on telling the story of Israel

An ‘enthralling, morally dignified’ history is also a literary lapel grab

Hands of a human and an ape reaching out
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Are we really as unique as we like to think?

Stephen Cave considers what sets us apart from our fellow creatures

Cars at the container port in Seattle
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The west and the rest

Could relative decline be just a temporary setback for the west – or even an opportunity?