One in ten British babies will soon be born via IVF. So why is it taboo?

Pretty soon, one in ten British babies will begin life in a Petri dish. So why is it still such a taboo subject?


New mothers deserve something better than NCT classes

Why women are seeking alternatives to NCT antenatal classes


At age two, my August-born son is already being marked out for failure

My August-born toddler is being marked out for failure – thank God the rules are changing

Beach Umbrellas

Breast-feeding isn't always best

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

The Alster: Hamburg’s centrepiece

Wealthy, cosmopolitan – and sometimes rough: the secrets of Hamburg (and my grandmother)

‘What was it like growing up in Liverpool?’ a journalist asked John Lennon. ‘I didn’t grow up in Liverpool,’ he…

Prue Leith’s diary: When did weddings stop being for parents?

My Cambodian daughter and her husband have just got married again. Wedding One was a Buddhist affair in our drawing…


‘I was facing truths I didn’t particularly want to look at’: Michael Moorcock interview

Cult novelist Michael Moorcock on fantasy, his father, and the London he loved and lost


A six-year-old sharpshooter and a New Zealand white – both bound to improve with age

The Honourable Society of Odd Bottles began proceedings with a report on the activities of our junior branch. These youngsters…

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Dear Mary: My husband has shaved his head for a newspaper feature

Q. My partner, a leading political commentator on a national newspaper, recently agreed to shave off his hair at the…

What Aristotle would have made of Cambridge’s Lego-sponsored professor

So Cambridge University has accepted £4 million from the makers of Lego (snort) to fund a Lego chair (Argos sells…


Nanny wars!

Since the arrival of the oligarchs the battle to secure the right childminder has gone nuclear

Driving test advice from 80 years ago

First test The driving test celebrated its 80th anniversary. The first person to take the test, R.E.L. Beene of Kensington,…

Would he rather have had the money?

How to buy a father’s day present (if you must)

No man ever watched a £20 note flutter from an opened Father’s Day card and thought: ‘How disappointing — not enough…

Brasenose College

My Brasenose college reunion was great (even if David Cameron didn’t turn up)

A couple of weeks ago I returned to my old Oxford college for a ‘gaudy’ — posh, Oxford-speak for a…


Fatherhood is killing me

Not a day passes when I don’t look on my father’s record with shock and awe. I’m not talking about…

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I went looking for a used car – and found my inner boy racer

A bit late, I know, to put in a bid for Jeremy Clarkson’s old job. But I think I might…


Meet the Skype Dads: a new sorrow of divorce in the internet age

What happens when a divorce court accepts video calls as a substitute for visiting your children

Dear Mary: How can I keep my retiring husband out of the house?

Q. For ten years, I have made a reasonable freelance income working from home. During this time my husband has…


In praise of messy old kitchens

Against sterile modern kitchens

UK Budget Day 2015

Danny Alexander’s diary: Trying to put an undercover reporter at ease, and the unicorn poop question

It’s dangerous, in my line of work, to promise you’ll be anywhere by 8 p.m. I made this mistake recently,…


How we drive our children mad

If Britain has a crisis in children’s mental health, it’s easy to see why


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

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

Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne Photo: Getty

Miriam Gross’s diary: Why use Freud and Kurt Weill to promote Wagner?

Last week I went to the exhilarating English National Opera production of Wagner’s The Mastersingers — five hours of wonderful…