The best of the Long Read in 2019

Our 20 favourite pieces of the year Death on demand: has euthanasia gone too far? Christopher de Bellaigue Countries around the world are making it easier to choose the time and manner of your death. But doctors in the worlds euthanasia capital are starting to worry about the consequences. For five years we dreaded every meal: my infant sons struggle with food Tahmima Anam After her son was born prematurely, Tahmima Anam thought the worst was behind her. But when he was allowed to come home two months later, a new problem emerged: he refused to eat. Who killed the prime minister? The unsolved murder that still haunts Sweden Imogen West-Knights Three decades ago, Olof Palme was assassinated on Stockholms …

How can a man be too straight to recycle? | Owen Jones

Men shun environmental activities for fear of looking gay: proof that homophobia doesnt only harm LGBTQ people, says Guardian columnist Owen Jones So thats how the worlds going to die, is it, because straight men are scared people might think they are gay? According to new outside school gates, affronted that children should be taught that some kids have two mums, our education should do even more to challenge oppressive norms. Who knows: one day men might even recycle rubbish without caring that someone may think they want to elope with another guy. Owen Jones is a Guardian columnist

The great green expansion: how ring-necked parakeets took over London

Was Jimi Hendrix responsible for the bright-green tropical birds presence in the capital? Or was it Katharine Hepburn? Electric Ladyland wasnt the only thing Jimi Hendrix released in 1968. One day in that tumultuous year he left his flat on Brook Street, Mayfair, and strolled down nearby Carnaby Street with a birdcage in his hands. I like to think that he was dressed in a tasselled jacket and flares, his favourite Fender Stratocaster slung across his back. Or perhaps he travelled incognito, in a trenchcoat and dark glasses. Either way, somewhere on that street, the heart of Swinging London at the height of peace and love, he opened the door of the cage and unleashed two bright green birds: Adam …