Ageing

The upsides of dementia: Forgetfulness can be a blessing

1 June 2019 9:00 am

My 91-year-old father-in-law has always had a terror of hospitals. This dates from his time as a Royal Marine when,…

How the ancients kept their minds young

18 May 2019 9:00 am

In her cover story last week, Camilla Cavendish argued that we could keep mentally fit in old age through ‘physical…

Train your brain: How to keep your mind young

11 May 2019 9:00 am

‘Beep!’ This is one of the most maddening computer games I’ve ever played. I’m tracking a flock of birds, and…

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I love life – and girls – too much to act my age

17 November 2018 9:00 am

New York A little Austrian count was born to my daughter last week in Salzburg, early in the morning of…

You deserve a prize if you manage to finish Jim Crace’s latest novel

3 March 2018 9:00 am

This remorselessly slow-moving, hazily allegorical drama about ageing and xenophobia is Jim Crace’s 12th book, and the first to appear…

Low life

9 September 2017 9:00 am

‘Have you ever thought of having some colour put in, love?’ said Julian as he shaved my neck with a…

Down – if not out – in Paris

29 July 2017 9:00 am

Virginie Despentes remains best known in this country for her 1993 debut novel, Baise-Moi, about two abused young women who…

The slow (and ignominious) death of the British funeral

14 May 2016 9:00 am

I mourn for the traditional ceremony

An old man’s guide to living dangerously

9 April 2016 9:00 am

At 77, it is clear to me that increased longevity can be a curse rather than a blessing

Confessions of a Saga lout

2 April 2016 9:00 am

Baby boomers like me aren’t giving up irresponsible hedonism as we age. We’re just getting worse at it

Bring back the bungalow!

17 October 2015 8:00 am

We’re not building the right houses for our ageing population

Max Hastings’s diary: How sporting tourists play into Nicola Sturgeon’s hands

12 September 2015 9:00 am

During our annual odyssey around the Scottish Highlands, I read Tears of the Rajas, Ferdinand Mount’s eloquent indictment of imperial…

Sorry Katie Hopkins, but I’m not dieting. Ever

18 April 2015 9:00 am

Why I am not dieting. Ever

Dear Mary: How can I lie about my age and still use my Senior Railcard?

28 February 2015 9:00 am

Q. I was not brought up in England and don’t appear in Who’s Who. This means that there is no…

Anne Tyler’s everyday passions

14 February 2015 9:00 am

There was nothing remarkable about the Whitshanks. None of them was famous. None of them could claim exceptional intelligence, and…

Bob Dylan and the illusion of modern times

3 January 2015 9:00 am

Bob Dylan and the illusion of ‘your era’

Life is full of little endings. We should pay them more attention

22 November 2014 9:00 am

Life is full of little endings. We should pay them more attention

Why the Ancient Greeks didn’t have middle-aged spread

23 August 2014 9:00 am

A drug has been invented to halt what is known as middle-aged spread. But it would be so much better…

It’s not just left-wingers who think the bosses’ pay boom is unhealthy

23 August 2014 9:00 am

The FTSE100 index stands precisely where it did in the first week of December 1999. Whichever way you look at…

You’re never too old, they say. But I am

16 August 2014 9:00 am

For my 49th birthday treat, I went to see Shakespeare in Love at the Noël Coward theatre in London. Expensive…

Penelope Lively’s diary: My old-age MOT

22 February 2014 9:00 am

My surgery has been calling in all those over 75 for a special session with their doctor — a sort…

I’m nearly 60. I’m still interested in sex. Is that a problem?

15 February 2014 9:00 am

Have I become a dirty old man?

How to get old without getting boring

19 October 2013 9:00 am

When one notices the first symptoms of senile dementia (forgetting names, trying to remember the purpose of moving from one…

The saddest discovery of middle age: I can get by without my old friends

13 July 2013 9:00 am

A few years ago, I got the shock of my life when a girl I was sitting next to at…