Autobiography

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…

A woman who wears her homes like garments

18 October 2014 9:00 am

Depending on your approach, home is where your heart is, where you hang your hat, or possibly where you hang…

The author’s father didn’t want you to read this book. It’s hard to understand why

19 July 2014 9:00 am

There were several times when reading A Dog’s Life that I felt as if I’d fallen into a time warp.…

Middlemarch: the novel that reads you

15 March 2014 9:00 am

The genesis of The Road to Middlemarch was a fine article in the New Yorker about  Rebecca Mead’s unsuccessful search…

Secrets of Candleford: the real Flora Thompson

1 March 2014 9:00 am

Melanie McDonagh on Flora Thompson, whose revealing account of rural Oxfordshire life at the turn of the 19th century became a literary classic

Lance Sieveking (right) with Colonel G.L. Thompson broadcasting a running commentary on the final bumping race from a tree in Rectory Meadow, Cambridge, June 1927

'One warm night in June 1917 I became the man who nearly killed the Kaiser'

1 March 2014 9:00 am

The traditional story told about the first world war is that it changed everything: that it was the end of…