Drama queen creates Tolkien-esque yawnfest

John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress from 1678 is one of the best-selling and most influential books in history. How does it read today?

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People, place-iness, and the power of paths 

Many of the footpaths across the British countryside have existed since medieval times and before. Even when they’re ploughed into oblivion, people tramp them back. Why? 

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book icon Long Read | Being Human, Ideas

Why mammoths, moas and Maltese elephants disappeared

Most of the world’s giant land mammals vanished tens of thousands of years ago. Why? Because our Stone Age ancestors killed them on a gigantic scale

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book icon Long Read | World

The world’s most overgoverned country

The tiny Pacific island-state of Palau has proportionally more elected representatives than anywhere else on Earth. Why?

June 27, 2023

book icon | World, Numbers

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