Culture
07 April 2011
The English passion for gardening, which George Orwell identified (along with bad teeth) as being among our chief...
Books
27 January 2011
The Stranger in the Mirror: a Memoir of Middle Age Jane ShillingChatto & Windus, 256pp, £16.99At a time when...
Books
09 December 2010
Six years older than Winnie the Pooh and 90 years old this year, Rupert Bear has a claim on the nation's heart as the...
Books
30 August 2010
Twenty years ago, Candia McWilliam was a young novelist feted for her talent, her beauty and a private life that...
Books
21 May 2010
If you are under 55, and enjoy reading this magazine, the chances are that you owe thanks to Theodor Seuss Geisel. Dr...
Culture
07 May 2010
Helen Simpson is an anomaly: voted one of Granta's Best of Young British Novelists in 1993, but yet to produce a novel...
Culture
17 December 2009
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Lifestyle
07 May 2009
I spent the weekend inspecting the so-called “Nazi cattle” that my Devon neighbour Derek Gow has had shipped over as...
Books
20 November 2006
This year, two remarkable novels have taken the Holocaust as their background. One, Irène Némirovsky's Suite Française...
Books
29 May 2006
Anyone who has followed the furious Guardian online debate in response to Marcel Berlins's thoughtful article about...
Books
24 April 2006
Novels by women that feature a male narrator tend to be rare, and many share an odd trait: the man has something wrong...
Books
12 December 2005
Helen Simpson has never written a novel but was nevertheless voted one of Granta's Best of Young British Novelists in...
Books
31 October 2005
For those of us who promised to stand by our partners in sickness and in health, the debilities of age, disease or...
Books
03 October 2005
Novels about an individual falling in love with a family have a distinctive pedigree: Evelyn Waugh's Brideshead...
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06 June 2005
When the Orange Prize was set up ten years ago, I remember a newspaper calling up and asking me to attack it. I was...

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