Browsing: The Idler

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In part II of his tribute to A A Milne’s short story of 1909, Rupert Millar sends his intrepid Edwardian heroes into the clutches of the Reich in pursuit of the stolen military plans…

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Tally-ho! With high jinx and jolly japes, Rupert Millar conjures up the close of the Edwardian age, a time of dashing heroes and dastardly villains, the brink of the storm over Europe in sight…

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“I felt my way across the stream but by the time I had got to the path I knew that it was unlikely I could do this.” Harry and his faithful Frodo chance an evening walk in the last of the light…

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Introducing a short piece of fiction for the Bank Holiday weekend, in which Zhara Mulroy considers the conundrum of first impressions and past influences on a first date…

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Described by Michael Palin as “very funny, very unpleasant and very touching at the same time”, we have an exclusive extract from the debut novel by Jasper Gibson…

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Harry Chapman battles with his inner demons and an unquenchable thirst for silence during a screening of Spartacus at the BFI…

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“A restlessness pervaded his slightest movements as he sat behind a desk in the small dusty office that overlooked the minarets of the Near East. The call of the muezzin cried and wailed in the distance…”

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“It’s dark. I am naked, dripping in hot oil. Heavy breathing and panting fills the basement as hands move quickly up my slippery thighs.” A candid insight in to the wonderful world of spa reviewing…

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“Henry Bird stood on the front step of his house. His hand still held the key in the lock of the front door. He always shut the door with the key, turning it in the lock to avoid that bang which set his teeth on edge.”

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“Thursday last, at the pond, early morning, at about a quarter to eight. Sun grins down on me, the first sunny day in a long time. A nascent but confident Sun, full of vitality and young strength.”

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The rower was neither a young man nor particularly old. His tumble of grey hair…

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William Boot, he of unfortunate experiences on foreign shores, manages to find the only corner of northern Italy best left forgotten…

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