Suicide

A study in vulnerability: The Coming Bad Days, by Sarah Bernstein, reviewed

24 April 2021 9:00 am

When the unnamed narrator of Sarah Bernstein’s The Coming Bad Days leaves the man with whom she has been living…

Aintree is doing Rose Paterson proud

10 April 2021 9:00 am

On Grand National Day at Aintree this Saturday, the Rose Paterson Trust will be launched. This time last year, Rose…

A Romeo and Juliet-like tragedy in Uttar Pradesh

20 February 2021 9:00 am

In the early hours of 28 May 2014 the bodies of two young girls were found hanging from the branches…

Suicide was always a spectre for John Berryman

28 November 2020 9:00 am

‘A matter that hurts me is that I have made many hundreds of people laugh, in various cities, during the…

Private tragedies: Must I Go, by Yiyun Li, reviewed

15 August 2020 9:00 am

I can think of few novels as bleak or dispiriting as Yiyun Li’s 2009 debut, The Vagrants. Set in a…

Odd but gripping: BBC1’s The Pale Horse reviewed

15 February 2020 9:00 am

Not much was clear in the opening scenes of The Pale Horse (BBC1, Sunday), which even by current TV standards…

What is the relationship between truth and accuracy? The Lifespan of a Fact reviewed

14 December 2019 9:00 am

At the time, I’m sure it all seemed absolutely hilarious. It was in 2012 that W.W. Norton first published The…

An astonishing treat: Dear Evan Hansen at the Noël Coward Theatre reviewed

30 November 2019 9:00 am

Dear Evan Hansen, by Steven Levenson, opens as a standard American teen-angst musical. Evan is a sweaty geek with a…

An important story but not for the faint-hearted: Deadliest Day podcast reviewed

13 July 2019 9:00 am

One of the advantages that podcasts have over the scheduled array of programmes is the space that can be given…

Yiyun Li, Credit: Roger Turesson

No escape from grief: Where Reasons End, by Yiyun Li, reviewed

16 February 2019 9:00 am

When Yiyun Li first became a writer, she decided that she would leave behind her native language, Chinese, and never…

Death of a rock star: Slow Motion Ghosts, by Jeff Noon, reviewed

19 January 2019 9:00 am

Here is a novel set in the no man’s land between past and present, a fertile and constantly shifting territory…

Jane Haynes, self-styled Desdemona of the consulting room, with her dog Dido

Jane Haynes: the shrink who loves to break the rules

27 October 2018 9:00 am

‘I have fallen in love many times in my consulting room,’ writes the psychotherapist Jane Haynes. ‘I do not mean…

Ideation, from suicide to management speak

7 July 2018 9:00 am

‘Suicide!’ yelled my husband, while performing an inappropriate mime of a hangman’s noose. That was his reply when I asked…

Who is Sylvia – what is she?

7 October 2017 9:00 am

In May 1956, three months after meeting Ted Hughes, one before they will marry, Sylvia Plath writes to her mother…

The man who disappeared

19 August 2017 9:00 am

Walking out of one’s own life — unpredictably, perhaps even without premeditation and certainly without anything approaching a plan —…

At death’s door

8 July 2017 9:00 am

It is a sunny Saturday afternoon in Covent Garden and we are all learning how to kill ourselves. The venue…

Why the World Service is worth every penny

5 March 2016 9:00 am

What makes the World Service so different from the rest of the BBC? I asked Mary Hockaday, the controller of…

A memorial for 92-year-old Olive Cooke, Britain's longest serving poppy seller, who sold poppies for the Royal British Legion every year after her husband was killed in 1943. (Photo: Getty)

Why it's better to give money to a beggar than to a charity

30 January 2016 9:00 am

No good deed goes unpunished. This is a saying that applies with special poignancy to Olive Cooke, the 92-year-old poppy…

Conservative youth politics is noxious, but pitiful

5 December 2015 9:00 am

Why are so many Conservative activists so noxious?

Charles Moore’s Notes: cheap trickery in the Economist’s assisted dying campaign

28 November 2015 9:00 am

Because, it says, of its ‘liberal values and respect for human dignity’, the Economist has put out a film about…

If the government have their way, will Radio 4’s dramas be broken up by ads for dentures?

1 August 2015 9:00 am

‘Bait by Cartier,’ she growls as her priceless diamond bracelet is strapped to a piece of rope and dropped overboard…

Amy Winehouse: ‘not a fake bone in her tiny body’

Masterly and heartbreaking: Amy reviewed

4 July 2015 9:00 am

Asif Kapadia’s documentary about Amy Winehouse, whom Tony Bennett describes as ‘one of the truest jazz singers that ever lived’,…

Turing, Snow White and the poisoned apple

9 May 2015 9:00 am

As a young student, the atheist Alan Turing — disorientated with grief over the death of his first love Christopher…

For his supposed involvement in a conspiracy against Nero, Seneca is ordered to commit suicide — as depicted in The Nuremberg Chronicle , 1493

Men behaving badly: Nero, Claudius and even Seneca could be intensely cruel to women — and fish

21 March 2015 9:00 am

They lived in barrels, they camped on top of columns, or in caves: the lives of the sages are often…

‘Another terrible thing...’: a novel of pain and grief with courage and style

21 February 2015 9:00 am

Nobody Is Ever Missing takes its title from John Berryman’s ‘Dream Song 29’, a poem which I’d always thought related…