Emma Beddington

Grotesque vignettes: The Body in the Mobile Library and Other Stories, by Peter Bradshaw, reviewed

20 April 2024 9:00 am

Relishing the outrageous and improbable, Bradshaw treats us to stories that often rely more on twist than plot

Nina Stibbe’s eye for the absurd is as sharp as ever

28 October 2023 9:00 am

Back in London after an absence of 20 years, she’s no longer a literary outsider – but she’s still an acute observer, relishing the foibles of everyone she meets

Man for hire

22 July 2023 9:00 am

Shoji Morimoto offers himself to strangers in Tokyo to queue on their behalf, make a fuss of their dogs or simply provide a human presence

Friendless, but not unhappy

15 July 2023 9:00 am

A retired librarian reflects on a childhood runaway adventure and a devastating romantic betrayal as he begins to forge new bonds in later life

Tears and laughter: We All Want Impossible Things, by Catherine Newman, reviewed

18 January 2023 10:00 pm

Edi is dying of ovarian cancer and she’s craving the lemon cake she once got from Dean & Deluca deli…

Mitfordian mischief: Darling, by India Knight, reviewed

22 October 2022 9:00 am

It takes chutzpah to tackle a national treasure as jealously loved and gatekept as Nancy Mitford’s The Pursuit of Love.…

Back on the road: Less is Lost, by Andrew Sean Greer, reviewed

17 September 2022 9:00 am

Get ready for more of Less: Andrew Sean Greer’s hapless novelist is back on the road. First things first: you…

Good luck enjoying eating salmon ever again

29 May 2021 9:00 am

‘I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by cat videos,’ begins Henry Mance’s How to Love Animals, winningly.…

Not just a trolley dolly: the demanding life of an air hostess

1 May 2021 9:00 am

Come Fly the World is not the book I thought I was getting. The slightly (surely deliberately) pulpy cover —…

Victoria Wood: stiletto in an oven glove

17 October 2020 9:00 am

Even if you didn’t have an Auntie Dot in Cockermouth (the one who ate a raffia drinks coaster, mistaking it…