Sylvia Plath said that writers are “the most narcissistic people”: whatever the...
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22 June 2013
A Child of One’s Own Rachel Bowlby Oxford University Press, 256pp, £20 Without...
31 October 2012
I knew a woman whose job it was to take anorexics to the swimming pool. She was an occupational...
26 September 2005
In her excellent book Torn In Two: the experience of maternal ambivalence, Rozsika Parker...
24 January 2005
Runaway Alice Munro Chatto & Windus, 352pp, £15.99 There are a few writers with...
Walk on the wild side. What is the point of children's literature? To introduce the young to concepts such as fear and unpredictability, or to damp them down at the day's end with wads of reassurance? Rachel Cusk regrets the excision of terror and violenc
13 December 2004
Our great desire to make childhood uncontroversial has resulted in a contemporary literature full...
Mum's the word. The world has many mothers but little sense of what it might be to become one, thanks to a dearth of serious writing on the subject. Rachel Cusk on a sphere of female silence and servitude
23 August 2004
Not long ago, in one of those newspaper round-ups of summer reading, I came upon some literary...
Fiction - Baby blues. Wake up, ladies - it's time to confound the cruel and careless cliches of the married woman and motherhood. By Rachel Cusk
16 February 2004
Simon Armitage's novel raises two questions. The first is: have women lost their credibility in...
Misconceptions. Rachel Cusk discovers a great deal of sex but no real love in Jim Crace's novel about a man who gets every woman he sleeps with pregnant
08 September 2003
Jim Crace's eighth novel is a study of sex, and hence requires from its author a great willingness...
07 July 2003
''This must be it," said Tristan. "This is Desolate." Ahead, the mud track converged with the trees...
17 February 2003
One of the few virtues attributable to that 21st-century staple of parenthood, the pregnancy manual...
29 April 2002
I have always taken a pleasure in Carol Shields's novels that was slightly indistinct. Perhaps it...
07 May 2001
I will not beat about the bush: Joan Smith has written a book in which she says that the world may...
To smack or not to smack. Children have become the new parents, a powerful interest group supported by numerous well-paid advisers. Rachel Cusk on motherhood - the land that feminism forgot
12 March 2001
I was reading Paranoid Parenting in a train station cafe. The woman at the next table was ringing...
08 May 2000
Even when writing of corruption, death and decay, Michael Ondaatje's prose is the very opposite of...