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Ian Rankin’s diary: Paris, ignoring Twitter and understanding evil

21 November 2015 9:00 am

After ten days away, I spent last Friday at home alone, catching up on washing, shopping for cat food, answering…

Justin Trudeau and four more hereditary prime ministers

7 November 2015 9:00 am

Family business Justin Trudeau, son of Pierre Trudeau, was elected to his father’s old job as Prime Minister of Canada.…


We celebrated a birth with a wine that will last decades

7 November 2015 9:00 am

Good Saturday, 2015, stepping westward. Autumn sunshine: autumn leaves, almost comparable to New England: pumpkins everywhere, very New England. We…


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

10 October 2015 9:00 am

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

3 October 2015 8:00 am

Why women are seeking alternatives to NCT antenatal classes


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

12 September 2015 9:00 am

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

Beach Umbrellas

Losing my son and the end of my life’s summer

5 September 2015 9:00 am

Hedonism, tragedy and me


Breast-feeding isn't always best

29 August 2015 9:00 am

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)

15 August 2015 9:00 am

‘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?

8 August 2015 9:00 am

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

8 August 2015 9:00 am

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

1 August 2015 9:00 am

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

27 June 2015 9:00 am

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

20 June 2015 9:00 am

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


Nanny wars!

13 June 2015 9:00 am

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

Driving test advice from 80 years ago

6 June 2015 9:00 am

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)

6 June 2015 9:00 am

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)

2 May 2015 9:00 am

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


Fatherhood is killing me

25 April 2015 9:00 am

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

11 April 2015 9:00 am

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

11 April 2015 9:00 am

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?

11 April 2015 9:00 am

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

28 March 2015 9:00 am

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

21 March 2015 9:00 am

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