The Idler

Archived since Issue 67, July - August 2019 Modern Archive Bi-monthly

23 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

Idler 89 features an extraordinary interview with Britpop's cult figure, Lawrence. Plus we reveal the most and least desirable jobs, according to our readers, and feature David Graeber on how the democratic systems of 17th century pirates influenced the Enlightenment. And there's a our essential guide to lidos.

Subjects: Culture, Lifestyle, Philosophy

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  • First Issue: Issue 67, July - August 2019
  • Latest Issue: Issue 89, March - April 2023
  • Issue Count: 23
  • Published: Bi-monthly