Memoir

Poor parenting is at the root of our failing schools

30 April 2022 9:00 am

When it comes to education, I’m in two minds, maybe three. I was sent to private schools, including, for my…

Jonathan Bate weaves a memoir around madness in English literature

23 April 2022 9:00 am

There is a trend for books in which academics write personally about their engagement with literature. Examples include Lara Feigel’s…

The spycop debacle is another nail in the Met’s coffin

9 April 2022 9:00 am

In 2010, Mark Kennedy, a tattooed social justice warrior, was exposed as an undercover police officer. In this guise he…

Norman Scott has the last word on a very English scandal

9 April 2022 9:00 am

Norman Scott’s long-anticipated memoir reveals the British Establishment at its worst, says Roger Lewis

How I narrowly escaped joining Argentina’s ‘disappeared’

26 March 2022 9:00 am

A bully-boy leader. A corrupt, out-of-touch regime. A twisted reading of history. An unprovoked, military-led landgrab. A domestic disinformation blitz.…

The ghostly ruins of vanished Britain

19 March 2022 9:00 am

Take a walk in the English countryside and you get the impression that little has changed. The churches and farmhouses,…

Abandoned for a bogus guru – Lily Dunn’s harrowing family memoir

12 March 2022 9:00 am

Sins of My Father begins with an ending. Describing her 61-year-old parent’s final desperate flight from a life of vibrant…

Sister, where are you? – Clover Stroud mourns her beloved sibling

5 March 2022 9:00 am

‘CERTIFICATE IS NOT EVIDENCE OF IDENTITY,’ the freshly issued death certificate read. In the craziness and shock of grief for…

The torment of mentoring spoilt rich kids

5 March 2022 9:00 am

For 20 years of my adult life, I moonlighted as a private tutor. After a full day in the office…

Howard Jacobson superbly captures the terrible cost of becoming a writer

26 February 2022 9:00 am

Howard Jacobson, who turns 80 this year, published his first novel aged 40. Since then he has produced roughly a…

Christina Patterson overcomes family misfortunes

19 February 2022 9:00 am

The journalist and broadcaster Christina Patterson’s memoir begins promisingly. She has a talent for vivid visual description, not least: ‘We…

A Canadian’s experience of the migrant’s ordeal

12 February 2022 9:00 am

No one boards an overladen dinghy and sets out across a choppy sea without very good reason. Laden into migrant…

An innocent abroad: a Dutch tour operator in 1980s Russia

12 February 2022 9:00 am

‘One morning in late October 1988,’ begins TheLong Song of Tchaikovsky Street, ‘this dapper-looking guy from Leiden asked me if…

Is Julian Assange on a hiding to nothing?

5 February 2022 9:00 am

A question looms throughout this book: is it better to die rather than experience the wrath of a publicly shamed…

Scaling the heights: a woman’s experience of mountain climbing

29 January 2022 9:00 am

In her memoir Time on Rock, Anna Fleming charts her progress from ‘terrified novice’ to ‘competent leader’ as she scales…

What did the Russians make of Francis Bacon?

29 January 2022 9:00 am

The KGB might not have known much about modern art, but they knew what they liked. For instance, at what…

The misery memoir of a devoted polyamorist

22 January 2022 9:00 am

The rules of sex can kill. In 1844 an angry mob shot Joseph Smith, the founder of Mormonism, for his…

Favourite books revisited: Rob Doyle’s edgy reading list

15 January 2022 9:00 am

‘Male writers now are the opposition party, and that may not be such a bad thing for them.’ So Rob…

Richard Needham takes a businesslike attitude to the Troubles

11 December 2021 9:00 am

This memoir from Sir Richard Needham, 6th Earl of Kilmorey, businessman and former Northern Ireland minister, has a frank opening:…

What I really said to Gordon Brown: Field Marshal Lord Guthrie sets the record straight

11 December 2021 9:00 am

A headline in the Mail on Sunday, taken up eagerly by the BBC’s Todayprogramme, claimed recently: ‘The SAS is getting…

A scrapbook of sketches: James Ivory’s memoir is slipshod and inconsequential

11 December 2021 9:00 am

James Ivory and Ismail Merchant formed the most successful cinematic partnership since Michael Powell and Eric Pressburger. Between the founding…

Anthony Holden is nostalgic for journalism’s good old bad old days

27 November 2021 9:00 am

After a career spanning 50 years, 40 books and about a million parties, Anthony Holden has written a memoir. Based…

A macabre meditation on psoriasis

27 November 2021 9:00 am

Obsessed with purity and pain, the boundaries of blame and innocence, Skin is a fascinating meditation on psoriasis, the long-lasting…

Bernardine Evaristo sets a rousing example of ‘never giving up’

13 November 2021 9:00 am

Bernardine Evaristo’s Manifesto — part instructional guide for artists, part call to arms for equality, part literary memoir —shimmers with…

Andrew Mitchell relives the agony of Plebgate

30 October 2021 9:00 am

Andrew Mitchell, as he readily admits, was born into the British Establishment. Almost from birth, his path was marked out:…