The Bodley Head/FT Essay Prize

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What happens when we lose the language of our ancestors?

Six tips that could lift your essay to the £1,500 prize

Aspiring writers are often advised to be concise — yet there are other ways of making every word count

Memories of being laid low in a Manhattan hotel by a honeymoon virus prompt a journey into the more distant past

As China’s young migrate to cities, nature is reclaiming villages inhabited only by the old and poor

Protestant Mark Ervine and his Catholic apprentice Paul Doran on a fragile peace ‘on the wall’

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