The novelist is not the first to say that we’re all doomed
Melanie McDonagh goes in quest of the Burren, with its ancient churches, rugged landscapes and extraordinary flora
Melanie McDonagh on 50 years of Betty Friedan’s The Feminine Mystique
The book is perfectly formed – the film can only spoil it
There’s one sure way to avoid a miserable January: get your masochism over with in early December. Are you ready to pretox?
Secular prejudice is fine, but religious belief is increasingly suspect
The rebirth of afternoon tea
A puerile modern obsession with the V-word
The French capital is much friendlier if you’re a child, says Melanie McDonagh
Having a feminine voice remains a real disadvantage
The last hours of the Titanic were a perfect tragedy. No wonder we’re still obsessed
The Saville Report into the events of Bloody Sunday is ten volumes or 5,000 pages long and was five years…
In Ireland, women used to gather to celebrate the Epiphany with cakes and gossip
The truth is, we could probably all get by with three or four cookbooks; half a dozen at most, which…
In one Capuchin monastery in Sicily, the so-called Palermo Catacombs, locals used to buy a niche where their mummified corpse…
The perfect soulmate is an illusion that can ruin your life
Follow one simple tip, and you'll never need to buy an advice book again
The Tories are desperate to regain the female vote – but they have a very patronising idea of how to do it
It may not be quite true that the next best thing to eating good food is reading about it, but undeniably food writing has its considerable pleasures.
In July, the world’s most famous restaurant, elBulli, closes, to reopen in 2014 as a ‘creative centre’. Rough luck on the million-odd people who try for one of 8,000 reservations a year. It’s also a blow for the eponymous young cooks of Lisa Abend’s The Sorcerer’s Apprentices (Simon & Schuster, £18.99), the 45 stagiaires who labour in Ferran Adria’s kitchen for a season in the hope of sharing in the magic. Ferran, you see, is no mere cook. With him, ‘hot turns into cold, sweet into savoury, solid into liquid or air’.
To name Camilla as Queen Consort would devalue marriage
The furore over fags
How I learned to stop worrying and love the police database
The Civil Service has finally learned something from business: it is now fluent in management jargon
Why are traditional, natural perfume ingredients such as lemon and basil being restricted or even banned?