Hood Rat Short-listed for The Orwell Prize

25th April 2012

Described by the Telegraph as a ‘tremendous book, written with unobtrusive intelligence, vividness and clarity’, Gavin Knight’s debut, Hood Rat, has been shortlisted for the 2012 Orwell Prize for political writing.

The prize will be awarded to the work that comes closest to George Orwell’s own ambition ‘to make political writing into an art’, and will be announced on the 23rd May.

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Capturing the Season

12th April 2012

From Camille Pissarro’s, ‘The Avenue’, a fresh and verdant view of a Victorian south London suburb, to Paolo Uccello’s violent depiction of virility and seasonal rebirth in ‘The Battle of San Romano’, Jonathan Jones makes a daily selection of artwork that best celebrates the arrival of Spring in a new series for the Guardian.

Click here to see his picks.

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Risk Intelligence

5th April 2012

Why did most people think house prices would carry on rising for ever? Why are doctors and financial regulators particularly susceptible to massive errors of judgement? What do weather forecasters and expert gamblers have in common?

Dylan Evans believes there is a special kind of intelligence for dealing with risk and uncertainty, which doesn’t correlate with IQ, and which has never been studied before now. Watch this fantastic short film to find out more.

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