The Mark and the Void: “By the end of reading William D Cohan’s House of Cards you feel like you’ve been trapped in a lift with six Monty Burnses,” says Paul Murray. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Most people loved Paul Murray’s novel Skippy Dies. The energy of its cast of impulsive adolescents, the exuberant detail of its school setting, the fi(...)

The rise of robots will challenge many of our beliefs, not least our conviction that a good education is the best route towards prosperity. Photograph: Michael Nelson/EPA

At least one Nobel Prize-winning economist has predicted that the relationship between human beings and the world of work will resemble that between (...)

Rosita Boland What would you like in your stocking? The attention span I used to have, plus the focus to read several books a month. All(...)

Morning commuters walk past the Lehman Brothers headquarters in 2008.

Next Monday sees the sixth anniversary of the collapse of Lehman Brothers. That bankruptcy has been blamed for the Global Financial Crisis and the mel(...)

Emailing when away, I reasoned, is inevitable, mildly useful, and fine so long as you use the drug in moderation, says Lucy Kellaway.

On most things about working life, most people agree. Diversity is good; bankers’ bonuses are bad; creativity is good, box ticking is bad, and so on.B(...)

Ben Okri autographs his work

It’s a special festival when audience venues are an atmospheric family chapel, a charming light-filled ballroom overlooking fields with sheep, and a “(...)

Reading now: a coffee and a Kindle. Photograph: Will Ireland/Future via Getty Images

When the first commercial ereaders were launched, in the late 1990s, the publishing industry expressed concern about the future of the paperbac(...)