Memoir

Even psychiatrists don’t know how the drugs they prescribe work

24 July 2021 9:00 am

What is it like to go mad? Not so much developing depression or having a panic attack — which is…

The great awakening: Henry Shukman becomes a child of the universe

24 July 2021 9:00 am

For eight years I rented a small house in Oxford overlooking the canal. The landlord, a poet and novelist younger…

The life cycle of the limpet teaches universal truths

17 July 2021 9:00 am

Adam Nicolson is one of our finest writers of non-fiction. He has range — from place and history to literature…

A lesson in understanding serial killers and child molesters

3 July 2021 9:00 am

True crime is having a moment: every day there’s a new documentary, book, podcast, or blockbuster film announced, detailing the…

Death by negligence: why did no one diagnose my sister’s TB?

12 June 2021 9:00 am

In 2016, Arifa Akbar’s elder sister, Fauzia, died suddenly in the Royal Free Hospital, London at the age of 45.…

Remembering David Storey, giant of postwar English culture

12 June 2021 9:00 am

Jasper Rees remembers David Storey, giant of postwar English culture and wry teller of tales, whose newly published memoir is perhaps his most remarkable work

Not just a trolley dolly: the demanding life of an air hostess

1 May 2021 9:00 am

Come Fly the World is not the book I thought I was getting. The slightly (surely deliberately) pulpy cover —…

Haunted by the soft, sweet power of the violin

1 May 2021 9:00 am

An extraordinary omission from Neil MacGregor’s A History of the World in 100 Objects is the lyre, the instrument closest…

Two of a kind: Monica Jones proved Philip Larkin’s equal for racism and misogyny

24 April 2021 9:00 am

Monica Jones certainly proved Philip Larkin’s equal for racism and misogyny, says Andrew Motion

Marina Warner becomes her mother’s ‘shabti’

24 April 2021 9:00 am

There comes a time after the death of parents when grief subsides, the sense of loss eases, and you, the…

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’,…

Nostalgia for seedy nightclubs reeking of sex and poppers

17 April 2021 9:00 am

Gay bar, how I miss you. Barely any lesbian joints have survived the online dating scene, and Grindr has replaced…

Journey to ‘the grimmest place in the world’

3 April 2021 9:00 am

Suffering from post-traumatic stress and the effects of government austerity measures, Paul Jones resigned as the head of an inner-city…

One of the lucky ones: Hella Pick escapes Nazi Germany

27 March 2021 9:00 am

Hella Pick is one of that vanishing generation of Jewish refugees who arrived in Britain on the eve of the…

Learning to listen: Sarah Sands goes in search of spirituality

27 March 2021 9:00 am

It was the 13th-century wall of a ruined Cistercian nunnery at the far end of her garden in Norfolk that…

The sufferings of Okinawa continue today unheard

20 March 2021 9:00 am

Okinawa is having a moment. Recently a Telegraph travel destination, to many in the west it’s still unfamiliar except as…

My father, the tyrant: Robert Edric describes a brutal upbringing

6 March 2021 9:00 am

In a career stretching back to the mid-1980s, Robert Edric has so far managed a grand total of 28 novels,…

Labour of love: producing the perfect loaf

27 February 2021 9:00 am

Wheat flour, and the bread made from it, has been a recurring cause of concern for the British for centuries,…

Hellcat on the loose: Samantha Markle rants about Meghan

27 February 2021 9:00 am

A while ago, Samantha Markle declared that her forthcoming book would be about ‘the beautiful nuances of our lives’. Was…

Gabriel Matzneff: the paedophile who hid in plain sight

20 February 2021 9:00 am

Until this book was published, Gabriel Matzneff was a respectable man. The French author may have written about his affairs…

Who in their right mind would choose to be a forensic psychiatrist?

13 February 2021 9:00 am

When police were called to a block of flats in north London at the beginning of 2002, they expected to…

My mother’s secret life was a Dickensian horror story

6 February 2021 9:00 am

What happens to a child raised without love? This is the agonising question that the American lawyer Justine Cowan braces…

A bored business administrator in Leicester puts the intelligence services to shame

30 January 2021 9:00 am

In the summer of 2012, a man was walking near Jabal Shashabo, a Syrian rebel enclave, when he spotted a…

‘There were no rules then’: Dana Gillespie’s 1960s childhood

16 January 2021 9:00 am

Although I can understand why Dana Gillespie might choose to call her memoir after her most famous album, for the…

Barbara Amiel is a cross between Medusa and Maria Callas

19 December 2020 9:00 am

If this book becomes a Netflix blockbuster, as it surely must, Barbara Amiel presents us with an opening image. She…