US (left) and UK (right) editions, both out now.

In case you’d like to find out more about the book, I wrote a little piece about why I wrote it and what it’s all about here.

You can purchase CONFLICTED, in whichever format you desire, from these UK and US providers (or via your preferred independent bookshop):

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In the US…



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Thank you and happy reading.

How Nutrition Science Went Wrong

John Yudkin

Robert Lustig is a paediatric endocrinologist at the University of California who specialises in the treatment of childhood obesity. A 90-minute talk he gave in 2009, titled Sugar: The Bitter Truth, has now been viewed more than six million times on YouTube. …

After all these years, he’s still underrated.

1. In 1956, when Paul McCartney was 14, he sat down at his Dad’s piano and tried to come up with his own song. For years he had been breathing in songs from radio and TV and movies and family singalongs. Folk songs, show-tunes, pop hits, jazz standards, music hall numbers. Then there were the songs he listened to wearing Bakelite headphones: songs that arrived over crackling airwaves from pirate radio; songs by Americans, black and white; songs with booming beats and wild cries that made his heart jump and his blood sing. After falling in love with rock n’roll, he didn’t renounce the songs on which he’d been raised — right from the beginning, he wanted all of it. He’d heard his dad play a tune of his own, a party piece, and now he thought he would have a crack at it himself. Why not? He soon got quite good at it. His early efforts included a jaunty number, written when he was sixteen, called When I’m Sixty-Four.

2. It’s the end of 2020, the kid is 78 years old and is widely regarded as having made more great songs than anyone else alive. He is releasing a new album, McCartney III, his second in two years (the last one, 2019’s Egypt Station, hit number one on the…

For a slightly incomplete but annotated version of this, see my Twitter thread.

Rings of Saturn, W.G Sebald

The Cello Suites, Eric Siblin

Handel In London, Jane Glover,

Albert Speer: His Battle With Truth, Gitta Sereny,

The Shortest History of Europe

The Saturday Caller, Georges Simenon

The Sleepwalkers, Arthur Koestler

An unreliable reading memoir

The Knowledge Illusion, Steven Sloman and Philip Fernbach. Cognitive scientists explain why everyone knows a lot less than they think. Good and chastening intro to the topic.

Dreaming The Beatles, Rob Sheffield. Free-wheeling and uneven but overall really good with many brilliant, perceptive insights.

The Shortest…

Fire me out of Christmas like a bullet from a gun

Blast me out of Christmas on a rocket to the sun

Pull me out of Christmas with a giant stage hook

Smuggle me out of Christmas in the pages of a book

A-choo me out of Christmas like a droplet from a sneeze

Roll me out of Christmas like a round of English cheese

Sneak me out of Christmas through a secret backdoor

Write me out of Christmas at the end of season 4

Ship me out of Christmas, I think the coast is clear

Get me out of Christmas until Christmas time next year.

Shakespeare & Co., Paris.

I’m not very systematic about how or what I read, though I suppose this is a step towards that. Last year I left at least a couple of books I really enjoyed off the list by accident, so there may be one or two I’ve missed this time too. …

Reading is hard when you’re encumbered by children and Twitter. I was quite proud of having got through 20+ books in 2017 until I discovered that Sarah Ditum had matched that by June. Anyway here’s my paltry list, in order of reading:

Wonderland, Steven Johnson. Maybe the best book yet…

Christopher Nolan’s epic is that rare thing, a blockbuster that doesn’t feature superheroes. I wanted to see it quite early in its run before my experience of it was skewed by the chatter but nonetheless I think I suffered from overly high expectations.

As often happens with films/books/programmes that get…

Seven Ways to Make Twitter Safe for Politics

In proto-democratic Athens, there was a square called the Agora where citizens gathered after dinner to talk politics and ideas. A marketplace that was also a civic space, the Agora was where the social business of the city got done. News, ideas and gossip were exchanged. …

ian leslie

Author of 'CONFLICTED: How Productive Disagreements Lead to Better Outcomes’ (Faber/HarperCollins) @mrianleslie

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