Death always makes for lively reading

26 August 2017 9:00 am

It’s an irony of our secular age that the more we fear death, the more enticing we find it. The…

‘The funeral of Shelley’ by Louis Edouard Paul Fournier, 1889

Why are ‘doomed’ poets considered the only good ones?

11 February 2017 9:00 am

In Deaths of the Poets two living examples of the species, Paul Farley and Michael Symmons Roberts, retail the closing…

Why can’t we see that we’re living in a golden age?

20 August 2016 9:00 am

There’s never been a better time to be alive. Why can’t we recognise that?

Tricycle’s Ben Hur is magnificent in its superficiality - a masterpiece of nothing

12 December 2015 9:00 am

It’s the target that makes the satire as well as the satirist. Is the subject powerful, active, relevant and menacing?…

Thirty days to live: An encounter with mortality

2 June 2012 9:00 pm

Death is a beautiful woman, always by my side. She’ll kiss me one day, I know. She’s a companion who…

Family album

9 September 2009 12:00 am

Fay Weldon’s new book is told by Frances, Weldon’s imaginary sister — one she would have had if her mother had not had a miscarriage a few years after Weldon was born.