There are moments in every journalist’s career when you feel at a loss for inspiration, struggling to fill the blank page with words. When the ideas falter, inspiration can be found from fellow writers. Hadley Freeman, Simon Hattenstone, Charlie Brinkhurst-Cuff and Helena Lee reveal their recommended reads.
There are 79.5 million people around the world who have been forced to flee their homes because of conflict, violence or persecution. Every four seconds, one more person becomes displaced. That’s 23,800 every day. While media coverage of the crisis reached its peak in 2015, refugees and displaced people face continued suffering.
It is November 2016, and David Smith is at the New York Hilton hotel for Donald Trump’s election night party. Trademark scarlet caps are displayed in glass cases, like holy relics promising to make America great again.
The evening begins quietly, with few expecting a Trump win. But as the results roll in on giant television screens, excitement bubbles through the gathering crowds.
“Gaffers who claim the winters were harder when they were boys are right,” reads a Time magazine article from 1939. “Weathermen have no doubt that the world at least for the time being is growing warmer.”
The weathermen’s warnings are now a dark ultimatum as climate change threatens the world as we know it.