Family

Why the baby doomers are wrong

23 October 2021 9:00 am

Rarely does a piece of journalism bring a tear to my normally cynical eye, but I did find this happening…

What are the Queen’s favourite tipples?

23 October 2021 9:00 am

Drinks at the palace The Queen was reported to have given up regular drinking. What do we know about her…

Who let the dog out?

9 October 2021 9:00 am

Caroline and I are just back from a weekend break in Scotland and, nice though it was, I hadn’t realised…

The rise of the secular godparent

4 September 2021 9:00 am

The rise of the secular godparent

I took my wife to a Millwall match – and it didn’t go well

14 August 2021 9:00 am

The fighting started just as Caroline turned right on to the Uxbridge Road after emerging from QPR’s stadium on Loftus…

Why I gave up writing fiction

7 August 2021 9:00 am

When, three years ago, I announced my retirement from writing fiction, the only thing that surprised me was the surprise…

The sorry state of the modern apology

31 July 2021 9:00 am

I think I would like to apologise for this article in case someone who reads it takes offence. I will…

Football’s never coming home

17 July 2021 9:00 am

I failed a moral test last weekend. A friend offered me a free ticket to the Euro 2020 final and…

My battle to be top dog

10 July 2021 9:00 am

Even a small dog can be quite high maintenance. No, I’m not talking about Mali, our one-year-old cavapoochon, but Bertie,…

Hugs vs the hug-nots: where do you stand?

15 May 2021 9:00 am

It’s the hugs vs the hug-nots

Water, water everywhere: Touring the Land of the Dead, by Maki Kashimada, reviewed

8 May 2021 9:00 am

Maki Kashimada won the 2012 Akutagawa Prize for Touring the Land of the Dead, the strange, unsettling novella that makes…

Dear Mary: How can I stop my sister-in-law pinching food off my plate?

1 May 2021 9:00 am

Q. Since the relaxation of lockdown, my brother and his wife have started coming to our garden for takeaway meals.…

The false narrative of white vs BAME

3 April 2021 9:00 am

Almost 20 years ago, Michael Howard spoke about the ‘British dream’: that immigrant families like his could come to this…

Dear Mary: What should my wife and I do with the risque photos we took in our youth?

13 March 2021 9:00 am

Q. I hesitate to bring you this problem, but I suspect it is not that uncommon. Early in our very…

How middle-class is your dad?

20 February 2021 9:00 am

The politics and posturing of ‘middle-class dads’

Abstinence makes the heart grow fonder

13 February 2021 9:00 am

The wine has been flowing in the Young household this week. The reason I’ve been celebrating is because I managed…

The art of mourning well

13 February 2021 9:00 am

Malindi, Kenya I’ve learned that mourning must be tackled ever so gently. As a younger man, when friends were killed…

Minority groups should ignore the anti-vax charlatans

6 February 2021 9:00 am

My great-great-grandmother, born on a Barbadian plantation and transported to what was British Guiana in the 19th century, gave rise…

Farewell to my dear friend Richard, the very best of us

23 January 2021 9:00 am

I heard the shocking news last week that one of my oldest friends — Richard Edwards — had died suddenly…

Meal kits are a recipe for mayhem

16 January 2021 9:00 am

Caroline was pretty heroic during the first lockdown. She’s used to having no children to deal with between the hours…

A dog is not just for lockdown

9 January 2021 9:00 am

The Dogs Trust charity received 114 calls on 27 and 28 December from people wanting to offload their puppies. No,…

The wonderful ghosts of Christmas past

19 December 2020 9:00 am

Seances, trikes and the miracle of tinfoil

The unlikely Schindler who saved my wife’s family

19 December 2020 9:00 am

As I gaze at my four children on Christmas morning, clambering on to the bed with their stockings, I will…

We don't want pandemic novels – we want gentle escapism

28 November 2020 9:00 am

I’m often asked when I’ll write a pandemic novel. I’m not sure I’d ever be tempted, though the backdrop of…

My kids think my move into the garden shed means divorce

28 November 2020 9:00 am

I’ve moved out of my home. No, Caroline and I haven’t broken up. It’s just that we’re having the house…