Fifty Shades of Grey

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23 June 2018 9:00 am

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The dangers of taking a blind friend to see Fifty Shades of Grey

24 February 2018 9:00 am

Audio description, or AD, as it is fondly called, is coming of age. Once consigned to the utility room of…

A provincial library is pure Alan Bennett territory

25 February 2017 9:00 am

This book kept reminding me of Robin Williams in One Hour Photo. Just as his character spied on customers’ private…

The computer that spots hit novels

17 September 2016 9:00 am

A few years ago, a reporter from the Chicago Tribune stumbled upon what was widely reported as ‘the Holy Grail…

Beatles mania! (Photo: Getty)

The best of British — from Agatha Christie to the YBAs

26 September 2015 8:00 am

Is it true that, having lost an empire, we reinvented ourselves as an island of entertainers? Do we channel the…

When Peter Phillips met E.L. James

2 May 2015 9:00 am

Tours that start in Mexico have a nasty habit of repeating on one. Of all the British groups touring in…

The end of childhood - what we lost when we dropped the age of consent

14 March 2015 9:00 am

When the state excuses underage sex, what chance do our children have?

Sorry, but I don’t think feminists can fight the male gaze by baring their breasts

7 March 2015 9:00 am

Can you really fight the male gaze by exposing your breasts?

There’s nothing wrong with getting into Thomas Tallis on the back of Fifty Shades of Grey

28 February 2015 9:00 am

Great works of art may have a strange afterlife. Deracinated from the world that created them they are at the…

Virginia Ironside’s diary: Fifty Shades is a story of redemption (but I still won’t watch it)

21 February 2015 9:00 am

All this fuss about Fifty Shades of Grey! I wonder how many people have actually read all three books? Sado-masochism…

Fifty Shades of Grey, review: ‘Use a condom!’ my sister shouted

21 February 2015 9:00 am

And so, in the end, I went with my sister, Toni, to see Fifty Shades of Grey and we saw…

A humdinger of a plus: Alfred Molina and John Lithgow in ‘Love Is Strange’

Love Is Strange review: subtle and nuanced in ways which, I’m assuming, Fifty Shades is not

14 February 2015 9:00 am

You will be wondering why I haven’t seen Fifty Shades of Grey as this is very much Fifty Shades of…

S&M&B&Q: Why aren’t there sex-and-shopping novels for men?

8 November 2014 9:00 am

I never got beyond page 20 in Fifty Shades of Grey. No one got shot in the first chapter, and…

Porn-agains: meet the middle-aged men - and women - warped by internet porn

2 August 2014 9:00 am

It’s not just the young whose expectations of sex are warped by dirty videos online

Do women want what they say they want?

28 September 2013 9:00 am

What do women want? You might have thought the Wife of Bath had got this one sorted, but Daniel Bergner…