Family life

The home life of Shirley Jackson, queen of horror

17 April 2021 9:00 am

‘One of the nicest things about being a writer,’ Shirley Jackson once noted in a lecture titled ‘How I Write’,…

Dreading demobilisation: The Autumn of the Ace, by Louis de Bernières, reviewed

16 January 2021 9:00 am

The Autumn of the Ace begins in 1945, as the second world war ends, but both Louis de Bernières and…

Stockholm syndrome: The Family Clause, by Jonas Hassen Khemiri, reviewed

1 August 2020 9:00 am

Some faint hearts may sink at the idea of a torrid Swedish family drama peopled with nameless figures identified only…

Deeply mysterious: the latest thrillers reviewed

27 October 2018 9:00 am

Maggie is sitting alone in the park when she’s approached by Harvey, who introduces himself as a recruiter for MI5.…

Above and below: From Robin Dalton’s My Relations: ‘My second cousin, Penelope Wood, is an artist, or at least hopes to be one. She is only 16, but she has done some beautiful little paintings. I have one hanging in my room now. It is a landscape and is one she did when only 12 years old’

When mother killed the plumber — and Nellie Melba came round to sing

4 June 2016 9:00 am

Here’s a pair of little books — one even littler than the other — by Robin Dalton (née Eakin), a…

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…

David Nicholls’ Us: Alan Partridge’s Grand Tour

4 October 2014 9:00 am

Us, David Nicholls’s first novel since the hugely successful One Day, is about a couple who have been married for…

The truth about being a politician’s child

31 May 2014 9:00 am

It was a Friday morning in 1992, Britain had just had an election, and I was on an ice rink.…

Why it’s time for a Cad of the Year Award

24 May 2014 9:00 am

Why it’s time for a Cad of the Year Award