Biography & Memoirs

Samuel creeps

Samuel Pepys was a serial sexual assaulter. There needs no ghost come from the grave to tell us that, largely because Pepys tells us himself, in the diary he kept...

  • THE DARK SIDE OF SAMUEL PEPYS

    Geoffrey Pimm

Biography & Memoirs

One Anne in her time

Anne Shakespeare, née Hathaway, has always created problems for the Shakespeare myth. As Katherine West Scheil suggests in this entertaining book, she makes him look “conventional rather than subversive”; she...

  • IMAGINING SHAKESPEARE’S WIFE

    Katherine West Scheil

Biography & Memoirs

Cards and bloodbaths

Like the Mary Celeste and Jack the Ripper, the case of Lord Lucan has become an enduring mystery. One night in November 1974 a man widely believed to have been...

  • A MOMENT IN TIME

    Veronica Lucan

Biography & Memoirs

About face

As a second-year medical student, Jim McCaul fainted while witnessing his first operation. Despite that inauspicious beginning, he has become a world leader in maxillofacial surgery. Eighty per cent of...

  • FACE TO FACE

    Jim McCaul

Biography & Memoirs

See you in court

Some tennis players have a single game. For ageing club or playground enthu­siasts, that game is often defensive, what Martin Amis calls “craven retrieval”. Even serious players, Andy Murray, for...

  • AMERICAN COLOSSUS

    Allen M. Hornblum

Biography & Memoirs

Man of the big moment

Muslims are markedly under-represented biographically, especially when one discounts the major political figures who attract the eyes of publishers. This is all the more true for the world’s largest Muslim...

  • JAMAL MIAN

    Francis Robinson

Biography & Memoirs

Born to be crushed

It is difficult to think of a model of systematized hierarchy as tenacious and barbaric as caste. In India, every Hindu is born into one, with Brahmins, the priestly caste...

  • ANTS AMONG ELEPHANTS

    Sujatha Gidla

Biography & Memoirs

Everyday detritus

Contemporary life, ever thrusting forward, straining for the next new thing, seems to leave little room for the backward momentum of grief. Historically, cultures the world over have fashioned rituals...

  • EVERYDAY MADNESS

    Lisa Appignanesi

Biography & Memoirs

Clear because they’re clear

Not long ago, I visited the Dianetics and Scientology Life Improvement Centre on Tottenham Court Road in London. The Scientologists I met were clear (not only by L. Ron Hubbard’s...

  • FLUNK. START.

    Sands Hall

Biography & Memoirs

Step by step

In late April 1882, the thirty-eight-year-old Friedrich Nietzsche was invited to Rome by Malwida von Meysenbug, a campaigning feminist who ran a literary salon. Among the regulars were Nietzsche’s friend,...