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 …

The new 007 is a black woman don’t make her a Bond girl

Online joy over Lashana Lynch inheriting James Bonds codename may be premature. White men wont give up their hero status so easily Fans have been hoping for a black actor to play first rumoured as a possible successor to Lashana Lynch is going to be the new 007. There was much celebration on social media, which is understandable. But it may be a little premature. Casting black female actors as legacy characters is a great step towards rectifying the historical racism and sexism that has led to a disproportionate number of those characters being white men. But its only a step. Black women also need to be written with respect; they have to be presented as natural, worthy heroes who …