The New World Disorder
Tariq Ali has written two dozen books since he came to prominence in the 1960s, including The Obama Syndrome, Can Pakistan Survive? and A Banker for All Seasons, as well as the historical novel cycle The Islam Quintet. He is an editor of the New Left Review.
Adam Phillips is a psychoanalyst, who worked for 17 years at Charing Cross Hospital. He has written 19 books, including On Kissing, Tickling and Being Bored; Going Sane and Missing Out. He is the general editor of the new Penguin Freud.
Learning My Lesson
Marina Warner is professor of English and creative writing at Birkbeck, University of London. She has written 16 works of non-fiction, on subjects such as the Virgin Mary, fairy tales and monsters, as well as five novels. She resigned from the University of Essex in summer 2014.
On Not Going Home
James Wood explores the estrangement of voluntary emigration: the puzzling sense of losing the country you leave and failing to find another. Homelessness, in a word.
The Public Voice of Women
Mary Beard reflects on the way women are heard – and have been heard – in public, from Homer’s Odyssey through Margaret Thatcher to internet trolls. How gendered is public speech? What threatens to undermine the authority of womens’ voices?
Andrew O’Hagan spent six months with Julian Assange helping him write his autobiography, though in the event Assange didn’t want the book published. O’Hagan speaks about those six months for the first time.