An illustration by Nick Oliver depicting the life of potter Michael Crosby-Jones

Nicola Barker

The novelist on writing a eulogy for Michael Crosby-Jones, a burglary at her home and the middle-class bias of ‘The Kitchen’

Food & Drink

An illustration by Toby Morison of a corkscrew chart ©Toby Morison
‘Land in Burgundy is no longer affordable for Burgundians . . . Those with an eye to the future are investing in cheaper land to the south’
Gordon Ramsay restaurant ©Gordon Ramsay Holdings
‘We shared a glass of Barbeito Rainwater Madeira over Smyth’s signature dessert, a lemonade parfait’
Baked apples ©Andy Sewell
‘Some apples stay firm when cooked, and some collapse, but only the Bramley positively explodes‘
Luis Grañena illustration of a man in a podium holding up a hand to stop another man from approaching
©Luis Grañena

The working classes deserve respect

Rights for gay people, women and other groups are in the ascendant but the working class gets dismissed as an embarrassing relic

An illustration by Shonagh Rae
©Shonagh Rae

The quiet heroes of wartime Italy

Gino Bartali, an Italian cycling legend, worked with hundreds of other unknown Italians to keep thousands of Jews alive

Tyler Brule: The Fast Lane

The Fast Lane: A silent scream for the quiet majority

My attention was diverted to a bright light across the dining room that seemed completely out of place

Harry Eyres: The Slow Lane

The Slow Lane: World leader in the art of living

Paris is organised around culture to a degree unimaginable in mercantile, muddled-up London

Peter Aspden

Moves will be bust, bones will be broken

Hip-hop and martial arts are perfect bedfellows because they both channel violent impulses

illustration of a raging dad beside daughter
©Illustration Lucas Varela

In the ring with raging dad

We all recognise the motivational parent at a sporting event but this one stood out for his monomania

High on praise in the compliment zone

You only need six chocolate teaspoons on a nice plate for folk to think you’re really something

Kathleen Baird-Murray

Good vibrations

I suspect my expensive face cloths are covertly used by my husband to give the taps a quick polish

Svante Pääbo and a Neanderthal skeleton
©Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthrop

The Science Interview: Remains of the DNA

The Swedish paleogeneticist Svante Pääbo has spent 30 years analysing DNA from ancient bones, transforming the understanding of our origins