Oliver Soden

A purring cat is not always contented

20 May 2023 9:00 am

In his vast survey of felines wild and domestic, Jonathan Losos reveals, among much else, that a cat’s purr can convey hunger or panic as well as pleasure

Caring for the dying in a world of Zoom

7 January 2023 9:00 am

James Runcie’s harrowing account of his wife’s last days during lockdown includes blackly comic descriptions of trying to follow nursing instructions on YouTube

Rescued by the Goldberg Variations

14 March 2020 9:00 am

Were this a less good book than it is, it would be called How Bach Can Help You Grieve. As…

Edith Nesbit — a children’s writer of genius who disinherited her own adopted offspring

26 October 2019 9:00 am

‘When one writes for children,’ the novelist Jill Paton Walsh has said, ‘there are more people in the room. Writing…