The Best Of British Longform — 11 March 2016
Lesley Evans Ogden, BBC Earth, 8 March
For BBC Earth, Lesley Evans Ogden traces the fate of the snow leopard — one of the world’s most endangered species. Immersively told and also designed — the “Snow Fall” of snow leopard profiles.
Sophie Pedder, 1843, 7 March
The Economist’s sister magazine relaunched this week — formerly Intelligent Life, now rebranded as 1843. Among its first longform pieces: Sophie Pedder’s atmospheric and thorough profile of Marine Le Pen, the leader of the French nationalist resurgence.
Caitlin Moran, Esquire UK, 8 March
Typically for Caitlin Moran, this essay — published on International Women’s Day, and as part of Esquire’s “Women & Men Issue” — is both timely and absolutely hilarious. To quote: “it’s about equality. Not burning the penises. I can’t emphasise enough how much it’s not about burning penises.” (Also relevant: our recent interview with Esquire editor Alex Bilmes.)
Nick Davies, The Guardian, 9 March
As Myanmar’s military rulers prepare to transfer powers to the democratically elected party led by Aung Sang Suu Kyi, Nick Davies reports on a chilling murder. Are Myanmar’s generals really ready to surrender power?
Hilary Mantel, The London Review Of Books, 6 March
The award-winning novelist reviews Steven Gunn Amberley’s new book Charles Brandon: Henry VIII’s Closest Friend, with an essay about the historical figure and our obsession with the Tudors. As Mantel writes, “If Tudor is measured on a scale, and scored by size of beard, love of jousting and trouble with wives, Charles Brandon would come near the top, second only to the king he served.”