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Sunday 30 August 2009
"There was never any distance between Penelope and the page," writes Terence Dooley, introducing the distinguished writer's letters to her children, lovers, friends, publishers and fellow writers. Indeed, raw emotions, from gaiety to anxiety, shine from these pages. Except for the hole in the middle of the collection (her family's houseboat sunk and with it those letters detailing her child-bearing years), they show the dramatic arc of her life, through early success, a career as literary editor, destitution, and upwards again.
Thursday 13 August 2009
Gordon Taylor has confirmed the Professional Footballers' Association are working with the Football Association on a campaign to tackle homophobia within the sport.
Wednesday 29 July 2009
Monday 20 July 2009
Friday 10 July 2009
Being told you have a life-threatening condition is no joke. The disease may be harmful, but so can the knowledge that you have it.
Friday 03 July 2009
Considered too autobiographical to be published in her lifetime (she died in 2004), Janet Frame's 1963 novel is narrated by Grace Cleve, a "self-styled" writer from New Zealand.
Thursday 02 July 2009
The raw talent and mentality is demonstrably in place, but Laura Robson yesterday had a painful reminder that these assets must still be harnessed to her physical development. Still only 15, Robson surrendered her girls' singles title when a back injury contributed to her third-round defeat by Quirine Lemoine, of the Netherlands.
Wednesday 01 July 2009
Laura Robson's only moment of anxiety in cruising into the last 16 of the girls' singles came at match point. In backing away fretfully, however, Britain's nascent star was not disclosing a sudden fragility in her temperament – merely eluding the attentions of a persistent wasp. Once able to give the matter due attention, however, she once again worked poor Sally Peers to and fro across the baseline until smearing one last forehand beyond her reach. She had required just 63 minutes to win 6-3, 6-2.
Tuesday 16 June 2009
Saturday 06 June 2009
Veteran Labour MP Sir Gerald Kaufman yesterday blamed a self-diagnosed "obsessive compulsive disorder" for making bizarre and extravagant claims on the public purse including £8,865 for a 40in LCD Bang & Olufsen television.
Tuesday 19 May 2009
The most revealing part of Ginny Dougary's extended profile of David Cameron from Saturday's Times is worth interrogation. Cameron is obsessed to the point of neurosis about his media image, and was concerned that the start of this ought not to make the final cut. That's a good reason for reproducing it.
Saturday 25 April 2009
Now this is what I call a change of perspective. In my former natural habitat, I resided at sea level, eyes fixed on the horizon or on weather charts, searching out waves and coming to life with each new swell. However, I got bored with waiting for the waves and the adventure to come to me so there had to be a sea change.
Tuesday 14 April 2009
Britain is becoming a more fearful nation, with rising levels of anxiety and depression that are fuelling the economic crisis by undermining confidence, a report says today.
Monday 09 March 2009
Where is Sir Andrew Green, the chairman of Migrationwatch, coming from? Those who accuse him and his organisation of stoking xenophobia tend to find themselves in receipt of a letter threatening legal action, so I'm not suggesting anything of the kind.
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