Leyla Sanai

Should adoptive parents be allowed to pick and choose their child?

4 May 2019 9:00 am

The sorrow of involuntary childlessness is profound. The award-winning novelist Patrick Flanery and his husband knew this pain. Their craving…

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Fiction for the #MeToo age: Victory, by James Lasdun, reviewed

16 February 2019 9:00 am

James Lasdun is my favourite ‘should be famous’ writer, his work extraordinarily taut and compelling. His eye-boggling psychological thrillers are…

A disturbing psychological experiment involving secrecy, small boys and sharp knives

28 April 2018 9:00 am

Gina Perry is the eminent psychologist who blew apart Stanley Milgram’s shocking revelations from his 1961 research. Milgram had caused…

The Austrian empress Elizabeth, known as Sisi, was stabbed with a needle file by an Italian anarchist as she prepared to board a boat on Lake Geneva in 1898. After the attack, she picked herself up and proceeded on her journey, with very little loss of blood, but died soon afterwards —technically, from shock. Her story is related by Arnold van de Laar

From Louis XIV to the Shah of Iran: celebrities under the surgeon’s knife

3 March 2018 9:00 am

Powerful memoirs by such eloquent doctors as Oliver Sacks, Atul Gawande, Henry Marsh, Gabriel Weston and Paul Kalanithi have whipped…

Stage fright

2 September 2017 9:00 am

Patrick McGrath is a master of novels about post-traumatic fragmentation and dissolution, set amid gothic gloom. His childhood years spent…

A Feelgood fairy story

21 May 2016 9:00 am

When I wrote for the NME as a schoolgirl in the 1980s, it was recognised that there were musicians who…

When two young Britons go camping in Yosemite their lives are changed for ever

7 March 2015 9:00 am

The title of A.D. Miller’s follow-up to his Man Booker shortlisted debut Snowdrops refers not to lovers but to two…