Cancer

Cancer? I wouldn’t have missed it for the world

23 June 2018 9:00 am

Homesick for England, family and friends, I flew back, and the next day went for a long walk with my…

On giving and taking offence

5 May 2018 9:00 am

‘Slight prick,’ she said. The nurses all say that before they slide the needle in the upstanding vein in the…

Has Provence cured my cancer?

24 March 2018 9:00 am

During the past three years I have spent quite a bit of time in a rented house in Provence. Volets…

Despite her inability to talk or swallow, Genevieve Fox brims with joie de vivre

17 February 2018 9:00 am

A good, solid life-threatening illness can be the making of a writer. This has certainly been the case for Genevieve…

Why talking about death is a essential part of living

4 November 2017 9:00 am

Mandy was 38 when she was told she was ‘in the end stage’, suffering from COPD and finding it more…

Mind your language: Progressive

13 May 2017 9:00 am

I laughed, in a sympathetic way I hope, when I read a letter in the Daily Telegraph pointing out that…

The sexy new face of cigarette packaging

3 December 2016 9:00 am

Something for which to thank the government, at last. It is much, much more fun buying cigarettes these days. It…

Dread and anxiety haunt every beat of the play: Elizabeth Debicki as Mona Sanders in David Hare’s ‘The Red Barn’

One of the ugliest nights of my life: A Pacifist’s Guide to the War on Cancer reviewed

29 October 2016 9:00 am

Great subject, terminal illness. Popular dramas like Love Story, Terms of Endearment and My Night With Reg handle the issue…

A man with dementia is a man in tune with the times

22 October 2016 9:00 am

In 1999 I went to the doctor about the impotence. Don’t worry, he said. I have good news for you.…

Gender Medicine

Why women should be treated differently to men

15 October 2016 9:00 am

When I started this book, I have to admit, I did not think it would be as absolutely fascinating as…

Dear Mary: How to keep your guests from too many toasts

24 September 2016 9:00 am

Q. How can I tactfully request that well-meaning old friends stop toasting my (new) husband’s hospitality? It seems ungrateful but,…

Beryl Bainbridge, photographed at home in London in 1980

The indiscreet charm of Beryl Bainbridge

10 September 2016 9:00 am

Philip Hensher found Beryl Bainbridge’s gamine charm irresistible — as did all of literary London. What a pity, then, that her biographer fails to capture it

Keaton Nigel Cooke as Remi in ‘Wiener-Dog’

Love it or hate it, you will certainly never forget it: Wiener-Dog reviewed

13 August 2016 9:00 am

Todd Solondz’s Wiener-Dog is billed as a ‘dark comedy’ although it is far more dark than comic. If pressed to…

There’s a buffalo in my herbaceous border

16 July 2016 9:00 am

Gilgil, Kenya   At our Gilgil hut in the Rift Valley I’ve had a new flower garden planted to welcome…

My manhood is hanging in the balance

28 May 2016 9:00 am

We cleared the kitchen table for a game of pick-up sticks. Remember them? Thirty long, thin bamboo sticks, their differing…

A Feelgood fairy story

21 May 2016 9:00 am

When I wrote for the NME as a schoolgirl in the 1980s, it was recognised that there were musicians who…

Cancer survivor Stan Bembenek tees up

How to survive cancer

7 May 2016 9:00 am

Meet two of my most inspiring patients

The race from the Big C to the Big D

30 April 2016 9:00 am

The ‘journey’ — at least the one played out in public — begins with an announcement that you are incurable.…

Why I will never read Jane Eyre

12 March 2016 9:00 am

Have you ever set your face against a book? This year sees Charlotte Brontë’s bicentenary and the novelist Tracy Chevalier…

American nuclear weapons test at Bikini Atoll, July 1946

The frightening, fascinating, inspiring story of radiation

5 March 2016 9:00 am

About a century ago, scientists started meddling with an unfamiliar force of nature and the rest of us were terrified.…

The upside of cancer

27 February 2016 9:00 am

I was diagnosed with prostate cancer with metastases in April 2013. It was a bit of a shock, but when…

A deadly role reversal

6 February 2016 9:00 am

Who would you trust to take a blade to your brain? Medical schools and hospitals, arbiters of this outrageous intimacy,…

A close encounter with a puff adder

16 January 2016 9:00 am

On New Year’s Day I took the family out for an evening walk on the ranch. Along the verges, lush…