Memoir

The home life of Shirley Jackson, queen of horror

17 April 2021 9:00 am

‘One of the nicest things about being a writer,’ Shirley Jackson once noted in a lecture titled ‘How I Write’,…

Nostalgia for seedy nightclubs reeking of sex and poppers

17 April 2021 9:00 am

Gay bar, how I miss you. Barely any lesbian joints have survived the online dating scene, and Grindr has replaced…

Journey to ‘the grimmest place in the world’

3 April 2021 9:00 am

Suffering from post-traumatic stress and the effects of government austerity measures, Paul Jones resigned as the head of an inner-city…

One of the lucky ones: Hella Pick escapes Nazi Germany

27 March 2021 9:00 am

Hella Pick is one of that vanishing generation of Jewish refugees who arrived in Britain on the eve of the…

Learning to listen: Sarah Sands goes in search of spirituality

27 March 2021 9:00 am

It was the 13th-century wall of a ruined Cistercian nunnery at the far end of her garden in Norfolk that…

The sufferings of Okinawa continue today unheard

20 March 2021 9:00 am

Okinawa is having a moment. Recently a Telegraph travel destination, to many in the west it’s still unfamiliar except as…

My father, the tyrant: Robert Edric describes a brutal upbringing

6 March 2021 9:00 am

In a career stretching back to the mid-1980s, Robert Edric has so far managed a grand total of 28 novels,…

Labour of love: producing the perfect loaf

27 February 2021 9:00 am

Wheat flour, and the bread made from it, has been a recurring cause of concern for the British for centuries,…

Hellcat on the loose: Samantha Markle rants about Meghan

27 February 2021 9:00 am

A while ago, Samantha Markle declared that her forthcoming book would be about ‘the beautiful nuances of our lives’. Was…

Gabriel Matzneff: the paedophile who hid in plain sight

20 February 2021 9:00 am

Until this book was published, Gabriel Matzneff was a respectable man. The French author may have written about his affairs…

Who in their right mind would choose to be a forensic psychiatrist?

13 February 2021 9:00 am

When police were called to a block of flats in north London at the beginning of 2002, they expected to…

My mother’s secret life was a Dickensian horror story

6 February 2021 9:00 am

What happens to a child raised without love? This is the agonising question that the American lawyer Justine Cowan braces…

A bored business administrator in Leicester puts the intelligence services to shame

30 January 2021 9:00 am

In the summer of 2012, a man was walking near Jabal Shashabo, a Syrian rebel enclave, when he spotted a…

‘There were no rules then’: Dana Gillespie’s 1960s childhood

16 January 2021 9:00 am

Although I can understand why Dana Gillespie might choose to call her memoir after her most famous album, for the…

Barbara Amiel is a cross between Medusa and Maria Callas

19 December 2020 9:00 am

If this book becomes a Netflix blockbuster, as it surely must, Barbara Amiel presents us with an opening image. She…

How we laughed: the golden days of Bananarama

19 December 2020 9:00 am

Saying you don’t like Bananarama is like saying you don’t like summer or Marilyn Monroe — a sure sign of…

The brutality of the Gulag was totally dehumanising

12 December 2020 9:00 am

‘It was a gray mass of people in rags, lying motionless with bloodless, pale faces, cropped hair, with a shifty,…

Who killed Jane Britton in 1969?

5 December 2020 9:00 am

The problem with telling stories about Harvard is that Harvard, if it teaches anything these days, teaches distrust of stories.…

A love story — with clothes as heroes

7 November 2020 9:00 am

On the weekly ‘opinions’ afternoons, the public would arrive with carefully wrapped parcels holding items to be identified, writes Claire…

The ruthless politics of Pakistan — and the curse of being a Bhutto

7 November 2020 9:00 am

Hours after Benazir Bhutto arrived back in Pakistan on 18 October 2007, two bombs exploded near the bullet-proof truck carrying…

Where time stands still: a Himalayan pilgrimage

7 November 2020 9:00 am

The region of Dolpo in Nepal forms part of a border zone between that country and China in the central…

Sarah Maslin Nir enjoys the rides of a lifetime

24 October 2020 9:00 am

The appeal of a book called Horse Crazy risks being limited to those who are. Yet many moments in Sarah…

De Profundis: the agony of filming Oscar Wilde’s last years

10 October 2020 9:00 am

Philip Hensher admires a witty account of the horrors of modern film-making

Too many of our children are battling severe depression

26 September 2020 9:00 am

Christopher Hitchens once said that women just aren’t as funny as men and Caitlin Moran believed him. But that was…

French lessons, with tears: inside a Lyonnais kitchen

26 September 2020 9:00 am

You can’t say he didn’t warn us. In the final sentence of his previous book, Heat, a joyously gluttonous exploration…