The Idler

Archived since Issue 67, July - August 2019 Modern Archive

16 issues

The Idler magazine helps you to slow down, have fun and live well. Founded by writer Tom Hodgkinson in 1993, each bi-monthly issue offers a book-sized feast of great writing, interviews, cartoons, practical advice on living the idle life and beautiful illustrations. Which other magazine has columns on beekeeping, sheds and snooker?

“A sumptuous treat… the Idler’s appeal and relevance seem to increase by the day,” says Michael Palin.

“The Idler offers me the chance to learn about everything that really matters and a respite for what we are told really matters – like working hard for your boss” says Dominic West.

“The absurd, apparently useless or bizarre concerns of the magazine – Latin, ukuleles, handwriting – have over the years given me a deep joy bordering on the religious,” says Sally Phillips.

Latest issue

Lots of fun, lots of inspiration and lots to learn in the Jan/Feb 2022 edition of the Idler. We meet punk band Big Joanie, sisters doing it for themselves. We provide a guide to quitting your job. Plus Arthur Smith, Virginia Ironside, Stewart Lee and more.

Subjects: Culture, Lifestyle

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The Idler magazine helps you to slow down, have fun and live well. Founded by writer Tom Hodgkinson in 1993, each bi-monthly issue offers a book-sized feast of great writing, interviews, cartoons, practical advice on living the idle life and beautiful illustrations. Which other magazine has columns on beekeeping, sheds and snooker?

“A sumptuous treat… the Idler’s appeal and relevance seem to increase by the day,” says Michael Palin.

“The Idler offers me the chance to learn about everything that really matters and a respite for what we are told really matters – like working hard for your boss” says Dominic West.

“The absurd, apparently useless or bizarre concerns of the magazine – Latin, ukuleles, handwriting – have over the years given me a deep joy bordering on the religious,” says Sally Phillips.

  • First Issue: Issue 67, July - August 2019
  • Latest Issue: Issue 82, January - February 2022
  • Issue Count: 16
  • Published: Bi-monthly