Emma Beddington

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…