Questions of faith

Howard Brenton, an atheist and a socialist, tells why his most recent plays have focused on religion and a sympathetic study of a Conservative PM

Sex, secrets and papal shoes

What is the meaning of life? Why are we here? What is this all about? The meaning of life is that we live it. We are here because we are here

What a performance

He may be one of Britain’s most successful actors but that hasn’t stopped him from worrying about everything. He opens up about insomnia, taxes and undermining himself. Then he comes back the next day to do it all over again...


John Lanchester tries to understand the global financial crash