Ruth Scurr

Too many of our children are battling severe depression

Caitlin Moran describes the chronic crisis in adolescent mental health care, as she tries desperately to cope with her daughter’s three suicide attempts

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Christopher Hitchens once said that women just aren’t as funny as men and Caitlin Moran believed him. But that was many years ago — the great male essayist and orator has been dead for a decade — and Moran has matured into a bold, wise, middle-aged comedienne. When she was growing up in the 1980s, funny women such as Joan Rivers, Roseanne Barr and Victoria Wood ‘were rare and regarded as a freak of nature’.

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