The best of British longform — 19 February 2016
The five best stories we’ve read this week
Simon Parkin, How We Get To Next, 11 February
The lithium-ion battery, made commercially available in 1991, powers vast amounts of contemporary work and leisure activities. From watches to pacemakers, video games to hearing aids, batteries are an intrinsic part of modern life. So what happens if we run out of lithium?
Greg Williams, Wired.co.uk, 18 February
Noma is a two Michelin star restaurant in Copenhagen, Denmark. It has been credited with reinventing Nordic Cuisine and has won the accolade of best restaurant in the world four years in a row. Greg Williams pays a visit to explore chef René Redzepi’s radical philosophy on food.
Archie Bland, The Guardian, 15 February
Last Friday the Independent newspaper announced that it was closing its paper edition, with up to 100 jobs at risk. The paper’s former deputy editor, Archie Bland, took the chance to praise and catalog its bumpy journey since it launched in 1985.
Tom Rowley, The Daily Telegraph, 18 February
Demand for guns in America remains as consistent as it ever has. In 2009 there were more guns in the country than there were Americans. Tom Rowley explores the world’s biggest firearms event — the SHOT Show in Las Vegas.
Amelia Gentleman and Damien Gayle, The Guardian, 17 February
In January 2016, Sarah Reed was found dead in her cell at Holloway prison. She had been the victim of a notorious police brutality case in 2012 and suffered mental health issues known to prison officers, doctors, social workers, lawyers and police. So why was she there? Her mother tells her story.