Hilary Spurling

Small comfort: a mother, whose only son was killed in a car accident at the age of 23, holds a picture of him as a child. Many such bereaved parents, unable to conceive again and struggling to support themselves in later life, say they have nothing left to live for

China’s brutal one-child policy will be catastrophic for us all

16 January 2016 9:00 am

China’s brutal one-child policy was not only inhuman; it will profoundly damage the rest of the world, says Hilary Spurling

The long shadow over China’s only children

13 June 2015 9:00 am

This book starts with a Chinese boy so privileged and pampered that, at 21, he can’t open his own suitcase,…

John Aubrey and his circle: those magnificent men and their flying machines

14 March 2015 9:00 am

John Aubrey investigated everything from the workings of the brain, the causation of winds and the origins of Stonehenge to…

Always a better novelist than her husband: Pamela Hansford Johnson in 1949

Literature's least attractive power couple

20 September 2014 9:00 am

This book charts the rise and fall of one of the strangest power couples of modern times. The senior partner…

An enchanted forest of family trees

6 March 2004 12:00 am

Michael Holroyd describes the first copy of his last book of memoirs plopping through the letterbox, the kind of moment…