Memoir

If only Britain knew how it was viewed abroad

22 June 2024 9:00 am

If the country were a person, it would need its friends to sit it down and deliver it a few home truths about its damaging behaviour to itself and others, says Michael Peel

The pleasure of reliving foreign travel through food

22 June 2024 9:00 am

Russian hand pies, Polish chlodnik, Turkish fruit compote and a Latvian trifle are among the many dishes recreated in Edinburgh by the globetrotting Caroline Eden

Disgusted of academia: a university lecturer bewails his lot

15 June 2024 9:00 am

The anonymous professor rails against politicians, administrators, colleagues and students who consistently fall short of his ethical and intellectual standards

The diary of a dying man: Graham Caveney’s poignant cancer memoir

15 June 2024 9:00 am

With months to live, Caveney looks back on his childhood, muses on favourite writers, decries NHS underfunding and rejoices in his beloved partner, Emma

The sheer drudgery of professional tennis

15 June 2024 9:00 am

The most surprising thing about Conor Niland’s bruising account of his tennis career is that he emerges with his sanity intact

My summer of love with God’s gift

1 June 2024 9:00 am

Studying in Russia in 1994, Viv Groskop falls in love with a Ukrainian rock guitarist named Bogdan Bogdanovich and accompanies him on a visit home

My brilliant friend and betrayer, Inigo Philbrick

1 June 2024 9:00 am

Orlando Whitfield remains tortured by his association with the charming art dealer convicted of wire fraud worth $86 million in 2022. But whose story is it to tell?

A walled garden in Suffolk yields up its secrets

25 May 2024 9:00 am

When Olivia Laing began restoring the former property of a garden designer, she had no idea of the beauty that lay hidden by rampant weeds

Learning the art lingo: the people, periods and -isms

25 May 2024 9:00 am

An aspiring artist turned journalist, Bianca Bosker wheedles her way into the New York art scene – of gallerists, collectors, glamour and gossip

The joy of hanging out with artists

18 May 2024 9:00 am

Lynn Barber finds painters and sculptors easily the most congenial people to interview - despite having received a death threat from the Chapman brothers

The endless fascination of volcanoes

11 May 2024 9:00 am

Tamsin Mather is the latest highly articulate volcanologist to combine vivid personal experience with thoughtful scientific explanation

The traditional British hedge is fast vanishing

11 May 2024 9:00 am

The best hedges teem with the biodiversity that plays such a vital part in our future. Yet, since the 1950s, farmers and developers have been destroying them at an alarming rate

What do we mean when we talk of ‘home’?

11 May 2024 9:00 am

Though deeply attached to her ‘squat, odd-looking house’ near Uffington, Clover Stroud comes to realise that home is as much about bonds between people as a particular place

A GP diagnosed me with ‘acute anxiety’ – only to exacerbate it

4 May 2024 9:00 am

When Tom Lee suffers a breakdown after the birth of his first child, a doctor warns him against the only drug that proves effective, further adding to his distress

Living in the golden age of navel-gazing

4 May 2024 9:00 am

Every other book now seems to be a collection of sad, wry, funny reflections by some sad, wry, funny columnist – and Joel Golby’s Four Stars is among the best

Must Paris reinvent itself?

27 April 2024 9:00 am

The beautifully preserved, elitist metropolis now looks increasingly out of step with neighbouring capitals and may be forced to become more multicultural

To Salman Rushdie, a dream before his attempted murder ‘felt like a premonition’

20 April 2024 9:00 am

Though premonitions are not things he believes in, Rushdie notes the many spooky coincidences surrounding the attack – which he describes in gripping, terrifying detail

Murder in the dark: The Eighth House, by Linda Segtnan, reviewed

20 April 2024 9:00 am

Motherhood prompts Segtnan to research the cold case of Birgitta Sivander, a nine-year-old found murdered in a Swedish forest in 1948

A magnificent set of dentures still leaves little to smile about

20 April 2024 9:00 am

After undergoing prolonged cosmetic dentistry, 50-year-old John Patrick Higgins reluctantly acknowledges that he’ll never be the stylish man about town of his dreams

‘Now I have been made whole’: Lucy Sante’s experience of transition

6 April 2024 9:00 am

Until the age of 66, Sante lived as a deeply divided man. In this story of self-realisation, she describes how transitioning finally ‘lifted the veil’ over her existence

My prep school scarred me for life

6 April 2024 9:00 am

‘A part of me died at school’, Charles Spencer writes in his shockingly stark account of sadism and sexual abuse at Maidwell Hall, Northamptonshire, in the 1970s

Stories of the Sussex Downs

30 March 2024 9:00 am

Focusing on a 20-mile square of West Sussex, Alexandra Harris explores its rich history, from the wreck of a Viking longboat to a refuge for French Resistance agents

On the road with Danny Lyon

30 March 2024 9:00 am

The celebrated photojournalist describes his peripatetic youth recording revolution in Haiti, hunger and homelessness in Mexico and the civil rights movement in the US

The true valour needed to go on pilgrimage in Britain

23 March 2024 9:00 am

Oliver Smith finds sanctity in remote peninsulas and holy islands, but is less impressed by the tacky ephemera that decorate our more accessible shrines

The healing power of Grasmere

23 March 2024 9:00 am

Following in Wordsworth’s footsteps, Esther Rutter finds new self-confidence and happiness in the entrancing surroundings of Dove Cottage