History, music, cooking, travel, books, theatre, film - but also with an eye on the 'culture wars', nationalism and identity.
From Partygate to Trussomics, the death of the Monarch, and the humiliation of Vladimir Putin, OttoEnglish's review of the year takes us on a roller coaster of major fails and meteoric falls
There's a reason Dickens' Christmas Carol is a perennial festive favourite, says A V Deggar – the Malthusian ideas of Scrooge are still with us
Stephen Unwin explores how the famed author's views about disability were typical of a growing intellectual endorsement of the dangerous ideology of eugenics in the early 20th century
Did the Greeks invent irony? Rahila Gupta makes the case for Britain's mastery and ownership of the device