Sarah Ditum

Claire Messud helps us see the familiar with new eyes

21 November 2020 9:00 am

The title of this collection of journalism is a problem. Not the Kant’s Little Prussian Head bit, which, though opaque,…

From bashful teenager to supermodel: Susanna Moore’s fairytale memoir

27 June 2020 9:00 am

There’s a kind of writing about LA that I am a sucker for. Gossipy, lyrical, with a surface of affectless…

We don’t talk of a ‘working father’ — so why do we still refer to a ‘working mother’?

9 May 2020 9:00 am

The phrase ‘working mother’ ought to be as redundant sounding as ‘working father’ would be if anyone ever said that:…

Annie Ernaux looks back at her teenage self – and sees a stranger

4 April 2020 9:00 am

How can you recover the teenage girl you were? Not just recall the memories and recount the events — this…

The director of Persepolis talks about her biopic of Marie Curie: Marjane Satrapi interviewed

21 March 2020 9:00 am

The director of Persepolis, Marjane Satrapi, talks to Sarah Ditum about her new biopic of Marie Curie, exile from Iran and her fears for the future of democracy

Patti Smith had a bad year in 2016

12 October 2019 9:00 am

In the Chinese zodiac, 2016 was the year of the monkey, a trickster year full of the unhappy and the…

A New York state of mind – Doxology reviewed

14 September 2019 9:00 am

Doxology covers five decades and a spacious 400 pages, with all the subplots and digressions you would expect of a…

The trail-blazing women writers of the 1960s were quite different from the male Angries

17 August 2019 9:00 am

The accepted story of mid-20th century culture in Britain belongs to the boys: the British Invasion, Beyond the Fringe and…

A fallen woman in a vicious world: Jack the Ripper’s last victim, depicted in Le Petit Parisien

Why are we so obsessed with Jack the Ripper, but care so little for his victims?

23 March 2019 9:00 am

Before she was the subject of true-crime mythologising, Catherine Eddowes made her living from it, selling ballads based on real-life…

Caryl Phillips’s new novel manages to make Jean Rhys boring!

14 July 2018 9:00 am

The problem with writing about writers — and a particular blight on the current vogue for autofiction — is that…

Kitty Marion: too radical even for the suffragettes

28 April 2018 9:00 am

The suffragettes are largely remembered not as firestarters and bombers but as pale martyrs to patriarchy. The hunger artists refusing…

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…

Inside the mind of a murderer

6 February 2016 9:00 am

For one week in July 2010, the aspiring spree killer Raoul Moat was the only news. ‘Aspiring’ because he didn’t…

Poet Laureate Ted Hughes (Photo: Getty)

In Crow’s dark shadow

26 September 2015 8:00 am

A dead parent, the interrogation of a literary inheritance, and over everything, a bird: Max Porter is apparently unafraid to…