Farming

Brexit will give us back the countryside, as well as our country

2 December 2017 9:00 am

Rural landscapes and lifestyles deserve a Brexit boost

More menace - and magic - on the moors

18 November 2017 9:00 am

Andrew Michael Hurley’s The Loney was one of the surprise stand-outs of last year, and a worthy winner of the…

Why Kenya matters

4 November 2017 9:00 am

Laikipia   Flying home across Laikipia’s ranchlands with Martin after a farmers’ meeting, I see the plateau dotted with cattle…

What I must destroy in order to survive

7 October 2017 9:00 am

Laikipia Ripping up the black cotton soil on the farm’s high savannah I get a sense of what it must…

James Dyson: If Brexit talks fail with the EU it's 'no big deal'

29 July 2017 9:00 am

For someone who believes in free trade, subsidies are a bitter pill to swallow

A month in the French country

8 July 2017 9:00 am

A trip to the supermarché at the beginning of our French month yielded many of the necessary things one also…

Could an end to this perpetual violence be in sight at last?

1 July 2017 9:00 am

Laikipia, Kenya   During our evening walk on the farm, Claire kept looking around nervously instead of engaging in conversation.…

My dad, Operation Julie and a hashish bonfire

3 June 2017 9:00 am

The guests at my brother-in-law Rick’s 70th birthday lunch party were distinguished, silver-haired, well heeled. Long before Rick rescued the…

The prodigal daughter: Ellie Kendrick as Clover in The Levelling

A painterly exercise in grim atmospherics: The Levelling reviewed

13 May 2017 9:00 am

There are bigger entities landing at your local multiplex this week. An ancient indestructible franchise is re-re-(re-)booted in Alien: Covenant.…

I fiddled around in my trauma kit but Duncan was gasping his last

6 May 2017 9:00 am

Laikipia, Kenya On my way home to the ranch, I stopped for a beer with my neighbour Martin. It was…

Tim Pears’s pastoral schmaltz would make perfect Sunday evening telly

14 January 2017 9:00 am

Set in rural England in 1911, Tim Pears’s latest novel tells of a friendship between 12-year-old Leo, a precocious carter,…

The most significant invention of the 20th century? The Haber-Bosch process

19 November 2016 9:00 am

Barbed wire, concrete, razor blades, passports, Bakelite and the sewage system are all crucial to the way we live now…

Corrupt politicians won’t drive me off our farm

22 October 2016 9:00 am

Kenya A woman’s bottom cheered me up recently. The lady was walking ahead of me in a Kenya street and…

Why has the National Trust turned against Lake District hill farmers?

15 October 2016 9:00 am

Why has the National Trust turned against hill farmers?

If you want a long and happy life, don’t retire to the country

10 September 2016 9:00 am

There is no cherished assumption that now goes unchallenged. The latest one is that country air is good for you.…

Neolithic burial chamber at Pentre Ifan, Pembrokeshire

The wonders of the Neolithic Age

13 August 2016 9:00 am

All organic beings descended from a single primordial blob, according to Darwin. Some of them developed sufficiently to leave the…

Why all civilised people should love wasps

23 July 2016 9:00 am

All gardeners, and all readers, have reason to thank them

Am I a Remain roundhead, or a Brexit cavalier?

18 June 2016 9:00 am

My pen hovers — but refuses to touch the postal ballot paper. I pour a drink (I won’t say whether…

Addlands: where the new nature writing meets the novel

18 June 2016 9:00 am

There have been a number of attempts to graft the style of the so-called new nature writing onto the novel:…

Lionel Shriver: The Trump election is starting to feel like a civil war

11 June 2016 9:00 am

When an old friend X came to dinner in London, I sampled what it must have been like during the…

Voting in? You have the blood of Spanish bulls on your hands

4 June 2016 9:00 am

Britain’s animals would be solidly for Leave. Here’s why

The chief executives who volunteer for pay cuts

16 April 2016 9:00 am

Boss cuts The chief executive of the Co-operative Group, Richard Pennycock, asked for a pay cut, saying his job had…

The Lahore attacks reflected hatred of Christians. Why must we deny it?

2 April 2016 9:00 am

You might expect that the murder of Christians would excite particular horror in countries of Christian heritage. Yet almost the…

Why won’t the media call a cock a cock?

19 March 2016 9:00 am

On the Radio 4 news at 11 o’clock last Saturday morning there was a joky report about roosters in Brisbane. The…

How Brexit would affect British farmers

27 February 2016 9:00 am

How would British farming change without EU subsidies?