Mourning

Stage fright

2 September 2017 9:00 am

Patrick McGrath is a master of novels about post-traumatic fragmentation and dissolution, set amid gothic gloom. His childhood years spent…

Julie Myerson captures the sorrow that surpasses all understanding

5 March 2016 9:00 am

As its title suggests, Julie Myerson’s tenth novel is about stoppage: the kind that happens when one suffers a loss…

Illustrated by Carolyn Gowdy

Mrs Badgery

12 December 2015 9:00 am

Wilkie Collins’s ‘Mrs Badgery’, rarely seen since its first publication in Dickens’s Household Words magazine in September 1857, is an…

Why I love undertakers

13 June 2015 9:00 am

I adore undertakers. Unlike dentists or buses or boyfriends, they’re always there when you need them: even if you call…