The Idler

Ideas Collection  

Archived since Issue 67, July - August 2019
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21 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 87 features Blur’s Graham Coxon on the disappointments of getting what you want, why Zoe Cormier hates Buddhism, our guide to joyful frugality, Arthur Smith’s iPhone addiction, Massimo Pugliucci on Socrates’ problem with politics, plus Stewart Lee’s music choices and Virginia Ironside’s Problems page.

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  • First Issue: Issue 67, July - August 2019
  • Latest Issue: Issue 87, November - December 2022
  • Issue Count: 21
  • Page Count: 3,468
  • Published: Bi-monthly