Autobiography

The stuff of everyday life: Real Estate, by Deborah Levy, reviewed

22 May 2021 9:00 am

Real Estate is the third and concluding volume of Deborah Levy’s ground-breaking ‘Living Autobiography’. Fans of Levy’s alluring, highly allusive…

Transport to Australia was the saving of Carmen Callil’s family

12 December 2020 9:00 am

If 2020 has given us something to talk about other than Covid, it’s been history — and, more precisely, to…

No one ‘got’ the Sixties better than David Bailey

5 December 2020 9:00 am

What caught my eye towards the end of Look Again was this conversation between David Bailey and the shoe designer…

Barack Obama was decidedly a man of action as well as words

28 November 2020 9:00 am

Barack Obama was famous for his rhetoric, but his achievements show just what a steely political operator he was too, says Sam Leith

Helen Macdonald could charm the birds out of the trees

10 October 2020 9:00 am

When Helen Macdonald was a child, she had a way of calming herself during moments of stress: closing her eyes,…

Is this the last round in the great celebrity Punch and Judy show?

2 May 2020 9:00 am

It’s been tough recently being Woody Allen, something that didn’t look too easy to begin with. Last year Amazon breached…

Unspeakably prolix and petty: will anyone want to read John Bercow’s autobiography?

15 February 2020 9:00 am

In his autobiography, John Bercow takes his peerage as a given. But that might be scuppered by accusations of bullying, says Lynn Barber

Why David Suchet makes the perfect Poirot

21 December 2019 9:00 am

I can imagine a quiz question along the lines of ‘What do Shylock, Lady Bracknell, Sigmund Freud and Hercule Poirot…

Neither ‘Mad Dog’ nor ‘Warrior Monk’, General Jim Mattis is a thoughtful strategist

21 December 2019 9:00 am

General Jim Mattis ended his remarkable career as a four-star US marine general, and finally as US secretary of defense.…

When a footman’s home is his castle

21 December 2019 9:00 am

My own love for this memoir may be all to do with snobbery and self-identification. Moreover, I’ve always thought a…

How I’ll remember John Humphrys — by his producer Sarah Sands

21 December 2019 9:00 am

There was a dinner in Soho to celebrate the publication of John Humphrys’s book, A Day Like Today. John was…

Duty, devotion and lack of self-pity — Anne Glenconner is an example to us all

21 December 2019 9:00 am

Trained from a young age to be self-effacing, never liking to be the centre of attention, having been traumatised for…

A force for good: Samantha Power is driven by a deep sense of idealism

21 December 2019 9:00 am

In the spring of 2008 I spent a fine day in the company of Samantha Power. She had come to…

Being diagnosed as autistic was the happiest day of my life

21 December 2019 9:00 am

It’s easy to forget that until the late 1980s the notion of an autistic person being able to write a…

The old monster Elton John appears charmingly self-deprecating

30 November 2019 9:00 am

I don’t care for Elton John. A cross between Violet Elizabeth Bott and Princess Margaret, his temper tantrums are legendary,…

Debbie Harry makes the perfect pop star

2 November 2019 9:00 am

My admiration for Deborah Harry goes back a long way and — fittingly for a woman who even as a…

Entertaining Iris Murdoch – for months on end

22 June 2019 9:00 am

If you know your Peter Conradi from your Peter J. Conradi, you’ll also know that the former is foreign editor…

Homer Simpson meets Homer

9 September 2017 9:00 am

Milan Kundera has said that Homer’s Odyssey was the first novel. I’m not so sure — the verse kind of…

Some insights into autism

5 August 2017 9:00 am

The Reason I Jump, by the autistic Japanese teenager Naoki Higashida, was a surprise bestseller in 2013. Rendered as a…

Diana Athill finally accepts ‘Old Woman’ status, aged 98

23 January 2016 9:00 am

There’s something reassuring about 98-year-old Diana Athill. She’s stately and well-ordered, like the gardens at Ditchingham Hall in Norfolk, her…

Bryan Stanley Johnson with a first edition of ‘The Unfortunates’

Nottingham resuscitates a classic of the 60s literary avant-garde

5 December 2015 9:00 am

Peter Robins reports from Nottingham on a unique adaptation of a novel by the literary innovator B.S. Johnson

‘People are interested in what I’m doing again’: Robert Lepage interviewed

22 August 2015 9:00 am

The visionary theatremaker Robert Lepage is back in Edinburgh after a 20-year absence. Matt Trueman talks to him about trends and legacies

‘I was facing truths I didn’t particularly want to look at’: Michael Moorcock interview

8 August 2015 9:00 am

Cult novelist Michael Moorcock on fantasy, his father, and the London he loved and lost

Ecclestone and Mosley at Brands Hatch in 1978 — a double-act worthy of Ealing Studios

The fast, furious life of Max Mosley

4 July 2015 9:00 am

Max Mosley’s autobiography has been much anticipated: by the motor racing world, by the writers and readers of tabloid newspapers,…

Wendy Cope on hating school, meeting Billy Graham and enduring Freudian analysis

15 November 2014 9:00 am

A surprise! I took this book from its envelope expecting a fresh collection of Wendy Cope’s poems, and opened it…