Death

The jilted bride

Charles Saatchi’s new book of photos makes me feel sick

13 September 2014 9:00 am

Charles Saatchi, the gallery owner, has created his own Chamber of Horrors in this thick, square book, ‘inspired by striking…

No, I haven’t seen that beheading video. And it’s not right to share it

16 August 2014 9:00 am

It’s time to stand up against the self-righteous sharing of videos of beheading and other gruesome violence

Anthony Horowitz’s Diary: Dinner with Saddam, anyone?

19 July 2014 9:00 am

I have written a play, but a month after it was sent to half a dozen theatres, I have heard…

The cruellest present you could give a hated old in-law

5 July 2014 9:00 am

It takes a special sort of talent to be able to make drawings of your own 97-year-old mother on her…

I am ready to talk about my death. Is anyone else?

10 May 2014 9:00 am

I am ready to talk about my death. Is anyone else?

Death brings out everyone’s inner Mary Whitehouse

15 March 2014 9:00 am

Shortly after Bob Crow’s death was announced on Tuesday, Nigel Farage sent the following tweet: ‘Sad at the death of…

Rod Liddle: Neknominations – this is what the internet is for

22 February 2014 9:00 am

Wouldn’t it be boring if everyone behaved much as you behave? If everyone expressed themselves similarly? Let a thousand flowers…

Goodbye, Claudio Abbado. You helped us glimpse eternity

25 January 2014 9:00 am

Fellini’s credo ‘the visionary is the only true realist’ could also be applied to the life of Claudio Abbado, who…

Taki: RIP John Jay, my brave friend who refused to take part in vulture capitalism

9 November 2013 9:00 am

I suppose the secret of death is to choose not to expire the same day as famous people. I read…

Royal reporters make it all up - doesn't everyone know that?

27 July 2013 9:00 am

Seeing the royal hack pack in full cry on Monday reminded me of the week I spent with the late…

Recycled graves – coming soon to a cemetery near you

15 June 2013 9:00 am

For 150 years, Britain has tightly restricted the re-use of graves. That may be about to change

Alexandria, by Peter Stothard - review

8 June 2013 9:00 am

This subtle, mournful book is many things. It is a diary of three weeks spent, during the tense winter before…

It concentrates the mind wonderfully

28 April 2012 10:00 am

It’s odd, but we mostly go about as if death were optional, something we could get out of, like games…

Blue Night by Joan Didion

12 November 2011 10:00 am

This is a raw, untidy, ragged book. Well, grief is all of those things. On the other hand, Didion wrote…

The Empire of Death: A Cultural History of Ossuaries and Charnel Houses by Paul Koudounaris

5 November 2011 11:00 am

In one Capuchin monastery in Sicily, the so-called Palermo Catacombs, locals used to buy a niche where their mummified corpse…

The death of laughter

23 July 2011 12:00 am

If you were stranded on a desert island, Ruth Leon would be the perfect companion.

Death of the Author

5 March 2011 12:00 am

The death of the Polish-born British novelist Joseph Conrad is the central event of David Miller’s debut novel.

Perchance to dream

5 February 2011 12:00 am

This book reads like an interesting after- dinner conversation between intelligent friends.

A rare, unvarnished honesty: Pete Postlethwaite remembered

8 January 2011 12:00 am

Pete Postlethwaite, with whom, sadly, I never worked, belonged to that group of journeymen actors who command the respect and admiration of their peers but are denied the wider honours until death claims them.

The witch in the machine

18 September 2010 12:00 am

If one asks Albanians who is their greatest living writer, the immediate answer is Ismail Kadare, winner of the inaugural Man Booker International Prize in 2005.

Dogged by misfortune

17 March 2010 12:00 am

Unusually for a work of fiction, Tim Pears’ new novel opens with a spread of black-and-white photographs, part of an ‘investigator’s report’ into a fatal collision said to have taken place on a Birmingham dual carriageway in the summer of 1996.

Street eloquence

10 March 2010 12:00 am

The title of Jon McGregor’s third novel derives from an anecdote told by one of the many vivid, dispossessed characters whose voices burst from its pages: Steve is a homeless ex-soldier who agrees to help deliver a lorry-load of aid to a Bosnian town, but is turned back on the grounds that ‘even the dogs’ there are dead.

It happened one summer

3 February 2010 12:00 am

For those unfamiliar with Martin Amis’s short story, ‘What Happened to Me on My Holiday’, written for The New Yorker in 1997, it was a purist exercise in autobiographical fiction; not even the names were changed.