The company of hens could be the best cure for depression

3 June 2023 9:00 am

Their jostling energy and distinct personalities bring joy not only to their owners but increasingly to children in therapy and lonely pensioners in care homes

The danger of making too many friends

27 May 2023 9:00 am

Elizabeth Day recognises that real friends need nurturing, and spreading yourself too thinly doesn’t help anyone

The cut-throat business of the secondhand book trade

10 July 2021 9:00 am

For almost as long as there have been books, there have been books about books — writers just love to…

Experiences of Eton — and the success it rewards

10 July 2021 9:00 am

In the summer of 2019, the journalist Anita Sethi was on a train travelling across northern England when she was…

Russian memoirs are prone to a particular form of angst

29 May 2021 9:00 am

Perhaps the secret to understanding Russian history lies in its grammar: it lacks a pluperfect tense. In Latin, English and…

James Kelman’s ‘Memoirs’ are a misnomer

12 December 2020 9:00 am

James Kelman doubtless remains best known for his 1994 Booker prize win for How Late It Was, How Late and…

Anthony Powell, by Henry Lamb (1934)

Of his time

30 September 2017 9:00 am

Great novelists come in all shapes and sizes, but one thing they all share is a status of half-belonging. If…