Books
26 May 2003
Although it is never mentioned by name, the US drug rehabilitation centre where these memoirs are set is the one I...
Books
04 November 2002
For those of us who grew up - or failed to - in the 1970s, the previous decade aroused powerful and often conflicting...
Law
26 August 2002
The influential music journalist Paolo Hewitt spent the early years of his life in "care", although, as is so often the...
Books
15 April 2002
Except as an alternative means of transport, cycling does not receive a very good press in England, if indeed it gets...
Food and Drink
11 February 2002
My experiences of seeking help for my own "mental health problems" as a teenager bear out one of the themes that run...
Books
02 April 2001
"Yeah, I know he was a shirtlifter an' all, but he was a diamond geezer, who loved his mum and a pint of cockles and...
Books
15 January 2001
Most of the doctors I know are keen to dismiss the notion that they ever went into medicine with the idea of serving...
Books
04 December 2000
Nowadays, opium is a fairly rare drug in England, perhaps because the profit margins from importing heroin are so much...
Food and Drink
23 October 2000
Ten years ago, when the original edition of Behind the Shades was published, there were signs that His Bobness was...
Culture
02 October 2000
Like the author of this book, I love mowing the lawn. I have been trying to persuade my mother to turf the front garden...
Books
31 July 2000
The horsemen of Attila the Hun discovered a novel way of preserving their snacks: they tucked a piece of fresh meat...
Books
26 June 2000
For a long time, I have been - in the argot - a consumer of the A40. In my childhood, it was the road that took me to...
Books
05 June 2000
Stoned is as much a record of an era as an autobiography. The book focuses more on the people, music, events, trends,...
Food and Drink
15 May 2000
It's not just that the people I know are particularly screwed up (though they are), but usually when I scan along...
Books
24 April 2000
Novelists are frequently criticised for endlessly writing the same novel, but the truth is that this is what we like...