Elisa Segrave

Longing for oblivion: The Warm Hands of Ghosts, by Katherine Arden, reviewed

2 March 2024 9:00 am

Arden’s novel spares us no details of trench warfare on the Western Front and the severely traumatised men dreaming of escape into amnesia

How to date a widower

25 November 2023 9:00 am

How an animal psychic helped find a missing dog

23 September 2023 9:00 am

The missing dog and the animal psychic

The habits of holy pilgrimage

26 July 2023 11:20 pm

“Will someone steal my coat?” “No, you’re on a holy pilgrimage,” my son’s Irish carer-companion Rosemarie reassured him. We were…

My pilgrimage to Lourdes

17 June 2023 9:00 am

What I learnt on a pilgrimage

Caught in a web of lies: The Guest, by Emma Cline, reviewed

13 May 2023 9:00 am

Moving among the rich of Long Island, an upmarket prostitute grows increasingly desperate as her many misdemeanours are exposed

An angry poltergeist: Long Shadows, by Abigail Cutter, reviewed

20 August 2022 9:00 am

Long Shadows, a powerful novel set mainly in the American civil war, is very unlike Gone with the Wind. The…

Why aren’t mistresses a secret any more?

9 July 2022 9:00 am

When did mistresses forget the art of secrecy?

Fight club: when book groups turn nasty

30 October 2021 9:00 am

When book groups turn nasty

On the run from the Nazis: a Polish family’s protracted ordeal

31 July 2021 9:00 am

Writers of memoirs are often praised for their honesty — but how do we know? I found I did believe…

A quick fix: how Boris and Carrie can bring Dilyn to heel

6 March 2021 9:00 am

How Boris and Carrie can bring Dilyn to heel

A beastly cold country: Britain in 1962

30 January 2021 9:00 am

Like this author, I was happily snowbound at a beloved grandparent’s house during the big freeze that began on Boxing…

Lockdown can be overwhelming for those with autism

9 May 2020 9:00 am

Autism and lockdown are a challenging mix

Wisdom of the ages: we must keep listening to the elderly

30 November 2019 9:00 am

My beloved grandmother died at 90, and my mother at 89, after having Alzheimer’s for 11 years. So I am…

Single women are happier – here’s why

6 July 2019 9:00 am

As I get older I find the idea of wanting to be in a couple more and more bizarre. I’m…

Addicts love talking about their addiction – but haven’t we suffered enough?

2 February 2019 9:00 am

I have always found the parable of the Prodigal Son sickeningly unfair, and I felt this again while driving a…

Midnight sun on the Yukon

I hate fishing — but was hooked by the story of the Yukon’s salmon

2 June 2018 9:00 am

‘Help!’ I thought, when I read the Author’s Note. ‘It’s about salmon, and I hate fishing.’ But by the first…

Wham bam, thank you Ma’am

24 February 2018 9:00 am

I love Americans’ kindness, generosity and energy but am often thrown by their exaggerated politeness and euphemistic speech. They use…

What Katie didn’t do: how Hopkins was silenced in Lewes

2 December 2017 9:00 am

I had an all-day ticket for the Lewes Speakers Festival at the All Saints Centre on Saturday. I was keen…

US film producer Harvey Weinstein (Photo: Getty)

Dangerous liaisons

21 October 2017 9:00 am

Lothario, Don Juan, philanderer, ‘naughty’, ‘plays away’ — all terms for men who have an overwhelming drive to seduce scores…

How to Measure a Cow — and escape the shadows of the past

26 March 2016 9:00 am

Margaret Forster, who died on 8 February, excelled at writing about complex relationships between women. Even old friends, she demonstrated,…

Illustration by beatrice forshall

Is the Slender-billed curlew already extinct?

2 January 2016 9:00 am

This unusual book is beautifully written, produced and illustrated, but its subject — the small Slender-billed curlew — is strangely…

The trials of living with a High Court judge

29 August 2015 9:00 am

This intensely written memoir by Adam Mars-Jones about his Welsh father, Sir William, opens with the death of Sheila, Adam’s…

Elisa Segrave’s diary: A prison visit to a friend

20 June 2015 9:00 am

Off to prison to visit a writer friend, first jailed led some years ago for trying to find a hit…

Alexandra’s Fuller’s parents are the stars even when their daughter is divorcing, in this sequel to the bestselling Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight

21 February 2015 9:00 am

‘Double ouzo, hold the Coke,’ Mum ordered at the Mkushi Country Club bar, during spanikopita night. ‘My daughter’s a lesbian.’…