This narrative poem by Roman author Ovid, completed in AD 8, describing the creation and history of the world, has become one of the most popular works of mythology.


Among the most important works of Anglo-Saxon literature, this Old English epic poem, written sometime between the eighth and eleventh centuries, describes the adventures of a sixth-century Scandinavian warrior. Beowulf, a hero of the Geats, travels vast distances to prove his strength at impossible odds against supernatural demons and beasts, including Grendel, Grendel’s mother and a dragon. The stuff of heroism, the tale builds up to a final battle after Beowulf’s return to Geatland, where he has become king.

The Spirit Level

You might think books about inequality could err on the ideological side...


‘Today, many things indicate that we are going through a transitional period, when it seems that something is on the way out and something else is painfully being born. It is as if something were crumbling, decaying and exhausting itself, while something else, still indistinct, were arising from the rubble.’ - Vaclav Havel

The Value of Nothing

In The Value of Nothing, Raj Patel recalls how his favourite thing in his father’s shop when growing up was the pricing gun. He goes on to show how, since the 1970s, free-market gurus such as Friedman, Volcker and Greenspan have held sway.