They could even be better

A break from the state of permanent turmoil that traps us in now, now, now…

From the second of Hilary Mantel’s recent Reith lectures: in the Q&A, audience member Sasha Simic asks, ‘Isn’t the power of history, and the reason that history is contested, because the story is that things were different before and can be different again?’

Mantel: ‘I think you’ve nailed it. History, the study of history, is a revolutionary study. If things were not always as they are now, they could be different in the future. They could even be better.’