Autobiography and memoir

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On Marriage by Devorah Baum review – endless love or life sentence?
The author and film-maker explores the landscape of matrimony in an erudite and entertaining quest for enlightenment

Stephanie Merritt

29, May, 2023 @8:00 AM

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The Swimmer: The Wild Life of Roger Deakin by Patrick Barkham review – straight in at the deep end
Barkham conjures the life of the wild swimming champion and author of Waterlog in a bravura act of creative memoir

Alex Preston

28, May, 2023 @10:00 AM

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The Scent of Flowers at Night by Leïla Slimani review – a writer’s lot
The French-Moroccan author’s slightly precious meditation on literary creation is strongest when examining its limitations and reflecting on her own childhood

John Self

28, May, 2023 @8:00 AM

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‘I used to say awful things’: Alan Carr on divorce, dating and the skit that haunts him
He’s the extrovert who used to pick on others for laughs. But after struggling in lockdown and a bruising separation, the comic insists he’s grown up – and is happier than ever

Charlotte Edwardes

27, May, 2023 @6:00 AM

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Travis Alabanza and Danielle Jawando win 2023 Jhalak prizes for writers of colour
Judges described None of the Above, Alabanza’s memoir about being genderqueer, as ‘desperately important’, and said every teenager should read Jawando’s young adult novel When Our Worlds Collided

Sarah Shaffi

25, May, 2023 @6:45 PM

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Sleeping on Islands by Andrew Motion review – candid stories from the former poet laureate
A revealing memoir illuminates the conflict between wordly success and creative freedom

Kathryn Hughes

25, May, 2023 @10:00 AM

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Breathe review – Sadiq Khan’s climate emergency manifesto is a breath of fresh air
Sparked by his own struggle with asthma, the London mayor’s memoir-cum-climate action guide is a refreshing antidote to the politics of cynicism and division

Ashish Ghadiali

21, May, 2023 @8:06 AM

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‘If it’s not a risk… it’s nothing’: Nobel laureate Annie Ernaux on her unapologetic career
The French writer transforms her own life into uncompromising autofiction. With new translations, a film, and unwavering activism, the 82-year-old is living life to the full

Alice Blackhurst

21, May, 2023 @6:00 AM

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Martin Amis: he stamped his style over a generation of writers and readers
Starting with 1984’s Money, the novelist’s run of exceptional 80s and 90s novels had an unforgettable swagger and clout

John Self

20, May, 2023 @7:01 PM

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M John Harrison: ‘I want to be the first human to imitate ChatGPT’
The titan of literary science fiction on AI hype, writing his ‘anti-memoir’, and his take on Cormac McCarthy’s The Road

Anthony Cummins

20, May, 2023 @5:00 PM

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Is This OK? by Harriet Gibsone review – second life
A woman comes of age on the internet in a memoir that swings between funny and profound

Maeve Higgins

18, May, 2023 @8:00 AM

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Wish I Was Here by M John Harrison review – a masterly ‘anti-memoir’
The author and critic reflects on a life in writing in this highly original work of autobiography

Nina Allan

12, May, 2023 @6:30 AM

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