Jane Struthers looks at the history of wassailing in this extract from The Book of Christmas. English is a fascinating melting pot of languages acquired from other countries, especially those whose kings once occupied our throne. So it’s hardly surprising that the word ‘wassail’ is thought to have come from the Old Norse ves heill, which […]
Lucy Mangan discovers the Ladybird Books for Grown-Ups, and muses on what topics she would create for the series.
We like to think that science is completely objective and scientists are absolutely certain of their theories. But ask any scientist how they reach their conclusions and you’ll be surprised to see them talk about doubt rather than certainty, about what might or could be rather than what is true.
Seven Micro-Actions for Health and Happiness
It’s the small, everyday things that make a difference and contribute to a happier, more fulfilled life. Writers from The Book of You have chosen some of their favourite micro-actions that you can easily put into practice for a sunnier, more contented you.