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.

Despite everything, it is a beautiful place

How we became a nation of drainage engineers

Why can’t the Conservatives get things done?

Let us now praise famous concrete

How domestic technology saved us time

Humanities catastrophists are just professionally insecure

Don’t blame oil companies for obstacles on the path to clean energy

Man Made Wonders: How the electricity gets to your phone

It underpins many of our other hopes and plans

The surprising virtues of the most abhorred material