Ysenda Maxtone Graham

You’ve got to have faith (or be very good at pretending)

18 March 2017 9:00 am

Inside the race for places at sought-after religious schools, by Ysenda Maxtone Graham

The slow, strange race to be the next Bishop of London

11 February 2017 9:00 am

The new, supposedly fairer process puts the choice in fewer hands

Regent’s Park Zoological Gardens in 1835

Depressed monkeys, constipated llamas and suicidal kangaroos: the dark age of London Zoo

10 December 2016 9:00 am

If you’ve ever read a history of the early days of the Foundling Hospital, you’ll remember the shock: expecting to…

Advent: a season of death, judgment, heaven and hell

26 November 2016 9:00 am

As Christmas celebrations creep earlier, we must preserve the distinctive spirit of this season

Bye bye, Bake Off: something wonderful is gone

29 October 2016 9:00 am

With the end of the BBC’s Bake Off, something indefinably wonderful has been lost from British life

I’ve seen the future of English education, and it makes me sad

22 October 2016 9:00 am

A typical Kentish town, with its grammar school at one end and its secondary school at the other, is a…

Back in business: Professor James Malone-Lee at Whittington Hospital

Snakes and bladders: how patients saved a pioneering medic cast down by NHS rules

22 October 2016 9:00 am

How patient power rescued the work of a pioneering medic cast down by NHS rules

HS2 is a triumph of male vanity. Theresa May should kill it

27 August 2016 9:00 am

Time is running out to kill HS2. Theresa May should act now

Murder most foul in Victorian Greenwich

23 July 2016 9:00 am

With the current political saga running in our heads, trumping all other stories, it has been hard to concentrate on…

The original Metric Martyrs are still waiting for a royal pardon

9 July 2016 9:00 am

Campaigners for the original Metric Martyrs feel their time has finally come

Warning: there’s a plague of fake blue plaques

4 June 2016 9:00 am

One of the great distinctions and pleasures of British life has been devalued by cheap imitations

No place for sissies among the Bridge Ladies of Connecticut

28 May 2016 9:00 am

Not a single line of this highly distinctive memoir happens out of doors. All of it takes place in rooms:…

The price of a cathedral – and how deans pay it

26 March 2016 9:00 am

Deans are facing tough decisions to keep their beautiful buildings in good order

Though they never went quite as far as these schoolgirls, good deportment was enforced with rigour at Cheltenham in the 1950s

Horrible histories of the famously austere Cheltenham Ladies’ College in the 1950s

12 March 2016 9:00 am

Ysenda Maxtone Graham contrasts chilly 1950s tales of the famously disciplined Cheltenham Ladies’ College with life at the school today

A mother-son relationship that made me feel sick

12 March 2016 9:00 am

A boy, a car, a journey, a question: the first sentence of Elizabeth Day’s new novel goes like this: From…

The most annoying word in advertising

5 March 2016 9:00 am

There’s a plague of first-person advertising

Private-school ‘superheads’ are a publicity-seeking waste of time

20 February 2016 9:00 am

Private-school ‘superheads’ are wonderful for publicity.They may not be so good for teaching

John Irving spoilt my Christmas

23 January 2016 9:00 am

This novel, John Irving’s 14th, took the sheen off my Christmas, and here are the reasons.   The comments on…

The best short story collections — from childish gabbling to jaded nihilism

28 November 2015 9:00 am

Anyone who enjoyed Ali Smith’s novel How to be Both, with its charmingly loopy monologue of an Italian Renaissance painter…

‘Have you done this in class?’ Essays often require a lot of help from parents – and Wikipedia

What’s the point of homework?

19 September 2015 9:00 am

Homework is meant to inculcate a love of learning in students, but Ysenda Maxtone Graham thinks it’s at least as likely to do the reverse

The perfect big bang that opens this book was too good to be true

19 September 2015 8:00 am

Houses, as any plumber will testify, do sometimes blow up in gas explosions, destroying their contents and inhabitants, but would…

Breast-feeding isn't always best

29 August 2015 9:00 am

New mothers who can’t keep to the breast-feeding orthodoxy face needless misery and shame

Bubble-wrap, berry-picking and the secret pleasures of destruction

25 July 2015 9:00 am

The secrets of bubble-wrap and other delicious little sensations

Which comes first — the chicken or the pig?

13 June 2015 9:00 am

Here are two parallel books, both by Americans, both 260 pages (excluding indexes) long, both using ‘likely’ as an adverb.…

What does your front garden say about you?

23 May 2015 9:00 am

What does your front garden say about you?