Leaf Arbuthnot

Anorexia has a long history – but are we any closer to understanding it?

29 April 2023 9:00 am

Aged 14, Hadley Freeman succumbed to it, and was offered many conflicting explanations. She herself finally attributes it to a fear of approaching womanhood

‘It felt like a piece of bad news I should pass on to someone else’ – Robert Douglas-Fairhurst on his MS diagnosis

25 February 2023 9:00 am

In a powerful and ultimately heartening memoir, the Oxford professor describes being trapped in a mutinous body, and what it does to the spirit

This sceptred isle: the fantasy realm of Redonda

26 November 2022 9:00 am

When an Irish shipbuilder’s son was crowned king of a Caribbean rock in 1880, few would have guessed how long this eccentric monarchy would last

An immorality tale: Lapvona, by Ottessa Moshfegh, reviewed

25 June 2022 9:00 am

Has there been a better novel this century than Ottessa Moshfegh’s My Year of Rest and Relaxation? There might not…

Private tragedies: Must I Go, by Yiyun Li, reviewed

15 August 2020 9:00 am

I can think of few novels as bleak or dispiriting as Yiyun Li’s 2009 debut, The Vagrants. Set in a…

How to go clubbing without leaving your living room

16 May 2020 9:00 am

To my surprise, what I miss most about life before the lockdown are parties. As others pine for restaurants and…

Bill Bryson: It’s impossible to be sick of England

18 April 2020 9:00 am

Bill Bryson on writing, loss and the wonders of the human body