‘I’m gonna have to make my own money’: the rise of the side hustle
For the Observer Magazine, a look at how Gen Z entrepreneurs are turning their backs on office 9-5s and promoting their personal passions into full-time jobs
GQ Hype: Eddie Hearn vs The Haters
He’s the mastermind behind some of the biggest boxing matches in the world, including next month’s title rematch between Anthony Joshua and Oleksandr Usyk. But his talent for storytelling has made Eddie Hearn as big a star as his prize fighters. Is he in danger of getting too big for the sport that made him?
Check mates: how chess saved my mental wellbeing
Sam Parker’s grandfather taught him to love chess, a joy he rediscovered in the pandemic, along with a deeper understanding of its positive effects on mental and emotional health. For the Observer magazine.
Is it time to start taking AMSR seriously?
For the Observer Magazine, a look at the YouTube phenomenon on a quest for scientific validation. Could 'whisper videos' be a tool in the fight against anxiety and depression?
Why we're still obsessed with The Sopranos
For the Evening Standard, a look back at the greatest TV show of all time and why, 15 years later, it is still resonating with new audiences.
Bernardine Evaristo: 5 books that shaped my life
The winner of the 2019 Booker Prize for her novel Girl, Woman, Other talks about the books that have changed the course of her life and work.
Shelf Life with Lee Child
One of the best-selling authors on earth talks extensively about the books that shaped his life, outlook and writing style.
Want to Save the Planet? Start at Breakfast
Jonathan Safran Foer has a simple plan to battle climate change: resist meat until dinner time. His new book We Are The Weather is also an attempt to give the climate movement what it's most missing – a compelling storyline.
Meet the Man Who Wants to Change How You Talk About Race
How To Be An Antiracist, a new book by American professor Ibram X. Kendi, sets out to interrogate and ultimately reshape the vocabulary we use to discuss race. Here he explains his radical vision for ending inequality in the UK
Nathalie Emmanuel's Long Goodbye
For longer than she dared hope, British actress Nathalie Emmanuel has played the inscrutable Missandei from the island of Naath in Game of Thrones. With the show coming to an emotional conclusion, Harper's Bazaar find out what's going to happen next for the star
Bran Stark Come In From The Cold
Of all the characters to make it to the Game of Thrones finale, few divide - or intrigue - audiences as much as the Three-Eyed Raven. For actor Isaac Hempstead Wright, life as the youngest lead in the biggest TV show of all time hasn’t always been a picnic, either. As the endgame approaches, we talk to the 20-year-old about growing up on set, his final scenes and how life can get tricky when everything you do becomes a meme
Henry Golding Is Coming For Hollywood
A few months ago, he was a little-known BBC television presenter. Now, Henry Golding is the star of Crazy Rich Asians, the box office hit of the year. In his first UK fashion shoot, the British-Malaysian discusses growing up in Surrey, his unlikely ascent to Hollywood and how he hopes to be a new kind of leading man.
How It Feels To Live In Total Isolation
Hard to believe in our hyper-connected world, but there was a time when solitude was part of the every day human experience. On the cusp of 30, Esquire's Sam Parker realised he couldn't remember the last time he'd been truly alone – if, indeed, he ever had. How would he cope with seven days in the wild, cut-off from humanity, and without even his Instagram feed for company?
What To Do About Britain's Suicide Crisis
Men in the UK aged 20 to 49 are more likely to die from suicide than any other cause of death. Sam Parker investigates the reasons why - from government inadequacies to the changing nature of masculinity itself - and meets the people determined to put a stop to it.
The Greatest Team Never To Win The PL
Twenty years ago, Kevin Keegan’s Newcastle United somehow blew a 12-point lead to finish second to Manchester United in the Premier League. It was among the most heart-breaking capitulations in the history of football, and it was made by one of the most exciting — if eccentric — teams ever to play it. This is the story of “The Entertainers”, how they won the hearts of the nation and fell tragically short, taking the innocence of the Premier League, as well as the dreams of 10-year-old Sam Parker, with them.
Why Young Men Are Giving Up Porn
Thousands of young men are convinced internet pornography is ruining their relationships and their sexual appetites, and they're taking drastic measure. But is it all pseudo science and religion in disguise? Welcome to NoFap, the Reddit group encouraging young men to quit their favourite past time