The Orange Prize winner Suzanne Berne is on familiar ground with her fifth novel examining life in an affluent American village. Littlefield, Massachusetts, is named one of the 10 best places to live in America. Curiously, it also houses an unusually high number of psychotherapists. Clarice Watkins, a sociologist from the University of Chicago, decides to study Littlefield to find out exactly what makes it such a good place to live. She arrives to find a town at war, split between those who want their dogs to be off the leash in the local park and those who object. Opinions become more polarised when someone starts poisoning dogs and an undercurrent of fear pulses through the community.
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Tuesday 08 July 2008
For too long, the issue of clinical depression barely figured on the radar of mainstream public debate. So it is welcome to see that this mental illness, which affects the lives of an estimated one in six people in Britain, is at last becoming a political issue. But with scrutiny, inevitably, comes disagreement.
Sunday 15 June 2008
The credit binge might seem a long time ago, but in the past few years millions of Britons have got used to splashing out on the latest must-have shoes, clothes, gadgets and other luxuries. They would simply slap their shopping on the plastic – to pay off at some point in the future.
Sunday 13 April 2008
Thursday 08 June 2006
Tony Blair will go "well before the general election", Jack Straw has claimed, reopening speculation about the timing of the Prime Minister's exit.
Tuesday 24 January 2006
Sunday 23 October 2005
Wednesday 09 February 2005
Friday 21 January 2005
A psychoanalytical approach to Mozart's Don Giovanni undoubtedly provides useful angles from which to explore the more manic tendencies of the "patient". But it doesn't necessarily make for a riveting production.
Friday 07 January 2005
Sunday 04 April 2004
Wednesday 14 January 2004
Wednesday 10 December 2003
Thursday 27 February 2003
Wednesday 15 January 2003
Sunday 11 August 2002
Thousands of teenage girls enduring debilitating illnesses after routine school cancer vaccination
Migrants in Kos: Photos show real tragedy after Brits abroad complain of 'awkward' holidays
British tourists complain that impoverished boat migrants are making holidays 'awkward' in Kos
Michael Gove determined to scrap the Human Rights Act – even if Scotland retains it
Threat to scrap Human Rights Act could see UK follow Nazi example, warns UN official
Church of England 'one generation away from extinction' after dramatic loss of followers
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