Henry Oliver

Henry Oliver is a writer and tour guide. He writes at commonreader.substack.com. He is working on a book about late bloomers.

It subdued one of our most dangerous enemies: germs

Attractive architecture should draw from the past while looking to the future

Phones and social media are easy scapegoats for our all too human follies

Advanced technology can enhance rather than replacing the pleasure of a good book

For all their admirable dedication, keepers of the Austen flame cannot be so protective

Britain’s economic dysfunction runs very deep indeed

You don’t have to like him, but he got things done

Textile abundance has underpinned the modern world

Its risks are serious, but its uses could be miraculous

What would things be like if Liz Truss had continued to govern?