BBC radio series on masculinity around the world

BBC World Service are airing a three-part documentary series in which Tim Samuels explores and compares the state of men across three continents.

Tim heads to Lagos, Delhi and North Carolina in search of 'What Men Think'.

To listen to the Nigeria episode:

To listen to the USA episode:

To listen to the Indian episode:




Marie Claire feature on Who Stole My Spear?

Marie Claire magazine has run a big feature by Tim Samuels on his book Who Stole My Spear? - looking at the pressures men face today. "While women are grappling with glass ceilings, for men it’s more like glass cages..."

Read more at:

Irish Times reviews Who Stole My Spear?

The Irish Times have reviewed Who Stole My Spear? -  Tim Samuels "book about the uncertain state of masculinity takes in porn, fatherhood, mental health, violence and the trouble with monogamy". 

The review notes: "Samuels himself is a prime, or even primal, example of 20th-century man – a handsome Northerner from hard man Manchester who loves Morrissey and sleeps with a yoga mat next to his bed but still has a bit of Gallagher swagger...".

Dublin's TodayFM talks to Tim

Tim Samuels appeared on Anton Savage's show on TodayFM - talking about Tim's experiences working undercover for the BBC to expose racism in Belfast... and the five types of men in a relationship, as explored in his book Who Stole My Spear? Listen at:

Mr Porter: Are we in the middle of a full blown crisis?

Mr Porter have picked on Who Stole My Spear? to review it - and setting it against a wider crisis in masculinity. The review notes:

"The timely release of Who Stole My Spear?, a new book from journalist and documentary filmmaker Mr Tim Samuels. In the book, which covers everything from romance in the Tinder age to dealing with anxiety and depression (sounds heavy, is actually kind of funny), Mr Samuels seeks to investigate the current state of masculinity, outline some of the challenges it faces, and even offer up some helpful pointers of how we might fix it..."

BBC Newshour - is there a crisis in masculinity?

Tim Samuels appeared on the BBC World Service, to talk to Razia Iqbal about Who Stole My Spear? - and whether there was a global crisis in masculinity. Here's an excerpt from the Newshour show, which was also broadcast on NPR in the US...

Tim appears on 'Loose Ends' on Radio 4 to talk about Who Stole My Spear?

Tim Samuels appeared on the BBC Radio 4 show Loose Ends - talking to host Clive Anderson about his book, Who Stole My Spear?

They managed to cover man vs ape testes size, mental health rates and how Corn Flakes was invented as an anti-masturbation aid....

Listen at 37:35 - at


Economist review of Who Stole My Spear?

Read a review of Who Stole My Spear? in the Economist magazine - entitled, Hunting a New Model For Masculinity.

The article starts:

"TIM SAMUELS has been on lots of dates. Near the beginning of “Who Stole My Spear?”, his investigation of 21st-century masculinity, he describes some of them: disastrous dates, comical dates, scary and baffling dates (“Why do I keep attracting fascists?”, he wonders). He is a Tinder aficionado: in five minutes on the app, he notes, “I can view more single women than my great-grandfather would have seen in his entire lifetime in his village.” Judging by these opening chapters, you might expect his book to be an amusing take on big-city single-manhood in the online age. But, while it is often very funny, it is also insightful, both independently and in the context of broader thinking about the predicament of contemporary men..."