John Walsh

Prolific writer and commentator John Walsh contributes columns to the paper as well as writing features, interviews and restaurant reviews. He has been editor of The Independent Magazine, literary editor of the Sunday Times and features editor of the London Evening Standard.

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The write stuff: masters of story-telling James Joyce, left, and Thomas Hardy

All fiction follows one of six basic storylines, according to new research

Begging to differ, John Walsh can't even begin to number the ways
Dominique Strauss-Kahn faces up to 10 years in prison and 1.5 million euros (£977m) in fines if he is convicted

The stigma of shame in the 21st century has all the depth of a Twitter hashtag

You might think that disgraced public figures would spend their days in guilty silence trying to restore their reputation, but this couldn't be further from the truth

Etiquette in the digital age just got a whole lot more fraught

Debrett's presents the living room as a social minefield

Pseud for thought: even John Walsh has been guilty of overelaboration

Restaurant reviews: Have we become a bit precious about describing flavours and textures?

Research shows that restaurant reviews now use language associated with sex, addiction and trauma. John Walsh wonders when writing about food became such a mouthful

John Doe, restaurant review: Game cooking and risk-taking in the middle of Golborne Road

46 Golborne Road, London W10 (020-8969 3280)
A couple pose for photos at a photo booth before a mass wedding ceremony on Valentine's Day and Chap Goh Mei festival, also known as the Oriental Valentine's Day in Klang, outside Kuala Lumpur

At last the world is rising up to fight the tyranny of Valentine’s Day

Heard of the Revolutionary Alliance of Men that Women Find Unattractive?

Shibari: A couple explain the appeal of Japanese rope bondage

“The things that get publicised are whips and chains and gimps. But there’s a huge range of activities”

A scene from the much-anticipated adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey, featuring Jamie Dornan's torso

Fifty Shades of Grey and other BDSM movies: Bondage at the box office

Love hurts, but how much? With 'Fifty Shades of Grey' opening on Valentine's Day eve, John Walsh wonders if it will treat S&M gently or if, like most of its genre, it will try to swing both ways

Graphic novelist Raymond Briggs appeals to the British public for help with his next project

Briggs is a world-class grumbler and the solo genius behind The Snowman and Fungus the Bogeyman. John Walsh meets him at his home in Plumpton

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To Kill a Mockingbird sequel: What if Harper Lee had a whole stash of them?

British booksellers are rubbing their hands with delight

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