Depression

Kathleen Jamie’s luminous new essays brim with sense and sensibility

2 November 2019 9:00 am

There is a moment in one of the longer pieces in Surfacing, Kathleen Jamie’s luminous new collection of essays, when…

How to beat the autumn blues

7 September 2019 9:00 am

You know that awful, gnawing, depressing feeling you’ve got right now? The one that notices how shockingly early the sun…

Shot of a focused young man cleaning the surface of a table with cleaning equipment at home during the day

Taking pride in household chores really can ease depression

31 August 2019 9:00 am

There are many books about what it’s like to live with mental illness and the aftermath of child sexual abuse.…

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From bitter loss to sweet relief: baking as therapy

24 August 2019 9:00 am

This is a gentle, lovely book. It will, I’m sure, appeal to many an aspiring cook and baker, and should…

A novel about depression that doesn’t depress: Starling Days, by Rowan Hisayo Buchanan, reviewed

6 July 2019 9:00 am

Rowan Hisayo Buchanan has achieved that rare feat, in her second novel Starling Days, of writing a convincing novel about…

Why are children so fearful about the future?

8 December 2018 9:00 am

For any bosses from the Singapore education department reading this, I have a message. It comes from (I’d guess) most…

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If only we could hibernate all winter

3 November 2018 9:00 am

As travel writer, nature writer, memory retriever and, I would add, prose-poet of mesmerising lyricism, Horatio Clare is a celebrant…

Six wintry days in Saratoga Springs: Upstate by James Wood reviewed

14 April 2018 9:00 am

Alan Querry, the central figure in James Wood’s second novel, is someone who, in his own words, doesn’t ‘think about…

Antidepressants saved me – but they made my mental health worse

24 March 2018 9:00 am

Antidepressants saved my life, I am sure of that. But I am also certain they made my mental illness much…

Don’t let these figures depress you, girls

30 September 2017 9:00 am

Are British teenagers suffering from an epidemic of mental illness? Yes, according to a ‘government-funded study’ which found that 24…

Nimoy and Shatner in ‘The Man Trap’, the first episode of Star Trek (September 1966)

Close encounters on the starship Enterprise

5 March 2016 9:00 am

For a show with a self-proclaimed ‘five-year mission’, Star Trek hasn’t done badly. Gene Roddenberry’s ‘Wagon train to the stars’…

Always prone to depression: David Astor c.1946

David Astor: the saintly, tormented man who remade the Observer

5 March 2016 9:00 am

Before embarking on this book, Jeremy Lewis was told by his friend Diana Athill that his subject, the newspaper editor…

Joan Bakewell: on socks, fridge magnets, teddy bears and such stuff

13 February 2016 9:00 am

I don’t know if this counts as name-dropping, but I recently interviewed a boyhood friend of Elvis Presley’s in Tupelo,…

Charles Moore’s Notes: cheap trickery in the Economist’s assisted dying campaign

28 November 2015 9:00 am

Because, it says, of its ‘liberal values and respect for human dignity’, the Economist has put out a film about…

Woody Allen and Diane Keaton in Manhattan

Woody Allen: a life of jazz, laughter, depression —and a few misdemeanours

26 September 2015 8:00 am

Woody Allen (born Allan Stewart Konigsberg), the prolific, Oscar-winning auteur, New Orleans-style jazz clarinettist, doyen of New York delicatessen society,…

Smartphones are wonderful – until they take over your life

25 July 2015 9:00 am

The smart phone is a wonderful thing. We are never out of touch anymore, neither with friends nor with the…

Edward Thomas: the prolific hack (who wrote a book review every three days for 14 years) turned to poetry just in time

23 May 2015 9:00 am

Edward Thomas was gloomy as Eeyore. In 1906 he complained to a friend that his writing ‘was suffering more &…

Why I’m thankful that Atos found me fit to work

14 March 2015 9:00 am

I was signed off work five years ago. I had lost my job and was, unsurprisingly, feeling low; I went…

The sofa that became a work of art

20 September 2014 9:00 am

Last week on Front Row (Radio 4) the singer Joyce DiDonato recalled the advice she gave the new graduates of…

Radio 4 deserts the British bird. Shame on them!

6 September 2014 9:00 am

A strange coincidence on Saturday night to come back from the cinema, having seen a film about a woman fighting…

Breakdowns, suicide attempts — and four great novels

18 January 2014 9:00 am

Among the clever young Australians who came over here in the 1960s to find themselves and make their mark, a…

Sane New World, by Ruby Wax - a review

20 July 2013 9:00 am

Ruby Wax, who is best known as a comedian, dedicates this book ‘to my mind, which at one point left…