How long is long enough to look at a work of art?

February 18, 2020 9:56 am

Short Life in a Strange World: Birth to Death in 42 Panels by Toby Ferris reviewed

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The carnage inside Charlie Hebdo: an eyewitness’s account of the attack

November 21, 2019 1:26 pm

Disturbance: Surviving Charlie Hebdo by Philippe Lançon reviewed


Picturing paradise: the healing power of art

November 7, 2019 12:32 pm

A Month in Siena by Hisham Matar reviewed


Gales and Gaels — sailing solo from Cornwall to the Summer Isles

September 26, 2019 7:54 am

The Summer Isles: A Voyage of the Imagination by Philip Marsden reviewed

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In praise of Tove Ditlevsen — the greatest Danish writer you’ve never heard of

September 26, 2019 7:29 am

The Copenhagen Trilogy: Childhood, Youth, Dependency by Tove Ditlevsen reviewed


Another magnificent memoir from Alexandra Fuller

September 5, 2019 12:05 pm

Travel Light, Move Fast by Alexandra Fuller reviewed

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My agonizing vigil over my twins’ fight for life

June 6, 2019 4:24 pm

Mother Ship by Francesca Segal reviewed

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Should adoptive parents be allowed to pick and choose their child?

May 2, 2019 2:14 pm

The Ginger Child: On Family, Loss and Adoption by Patrick Flanery reviewed


How I tried – and spectacularly failed – to assist my mother’s suicide

February 7, 2019 10:39 am

Time to Go by Guy Kennaway reviewed

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France gets a taste for Bacon

January 10, 2019 12:54 pm

The Existential Englishman: Paris Among the Artist by Michael Peppiatt reviewed

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Insomnia is key to my creativity

November 1, 2018 11:00 pm

Insomnia by Marina Benjamin reviewed

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If only we could hibernate all winter

November 1, 2018 10:39 pm

The Light in the Dark: A Winter Journal by Horatio Clare reviewed

‘We are not cattle, we’re people’: everyday hell in Stalin’s labour camps

August 9, 2018 8:23 am

Shadows on the Tundra by Dalia Grinkeviciute reviewed.

Enduring life under Chairman Mao

May 3, 2018 7:26 pm

Rao Pingru is 94, and a born storyteller. His gripping graphic narrative weaves in and out of the violent, disruptive…

The futile gang wars of New York

May 3, 2018 7:18 pm

I’ve interviewed a lot of rappers over the years and always feel a little grimy when I find myself nudging…