• LIFE
    The Dealer Who Saved My Life

    Sometimes when I dream, I imagine the sky over Harlem is a lofty arc of stained glass. A dusted copper heaven streaked with gold and siphoned from Klimt’s aureate imagination. A profanely ornate firmament raining down with the cherubic drug dealers I grew up with in the 1970s. A legion of natty angels, felled by […]

  • Rupert Everett: ‘I was living in terror for my life when Aids began’

    In one way, Quacks is a natural place to find Rupert Everett. The keenly British comedy has “something of the Carry On, Stanley Baxter era” about it, he says – a sharp, playful script; a generous, gracious ensemble cast also featuring Rory Kinnear and Mathew Baynton; very accurate historical detail, such as Everett’s thunderous physician trying […]

  • Maggie O’Farrell: ‘I’ve revealed the secrets I’ve spent my life hiding’

    In an average year, Maggie O’Farrell comes close to death several times. Seized with terror, she dials 999 and is rushed to hospital in a white-knuckle dash that navigates the border of life and death. Breathing becomes impossible, the skin bubbles and blisters; as consciousness fades, cardiac arrest can be just minutes away. The death O’Farrell must […]

  • My husband is struggling with my career success

    Your husband has things he needs to tackle; he is in charge of his own life and you are not the answer to his issues My husband and I have been in the same business and initially we were both considered “talents”. Those early years were blissful as we did performances (we are both in creative […]

  • PODCASTS
    HOW PODCASTS ARE SCREWING UP MY LIFE

    For a while there I had a nice balance. I could juggle the books and TV and films everyone was talking about without breaking a sweat. But then podcasts landed on the scene and the list of things that I was meant to be keeping on top of suddenly seemed almost comically long. But there […]

  • PODCASTS
    HOW PODCASTS ARE SCREWING UP MY LIFE

    For a while there I had a nice balance. I could juggle the books and TV and films everyone was talking about without breaking a sweat. But then podcasts landed on the scene and the list of things that I was meant to be keeping on top of suddenly seemed almost comically long. But there […]

  • My life in sex: the 22-year-old dater

    Ihave slept with 10 to 15 men – on average two or three a year since I became sexually active at 16 – but I’ve stopped counting. I don’t date men who ask me what my “number” is, because that question is only ever asked for the purpose of judging, not trying to get to […]

  • LIFE
    10 things the iPhone savagely destroyed in my life

    This week was the iPhone’s 10th birthday, but if I’m going to be completely honest, I was one of the holdouts who didn’t get one until two years ago. For years after the iPhone was released in 2007, I was a hermit who believed that I didn’t need material, worldly possessions. When my dad asked […]

  • My Life As a Courgette review – if the kids are united

    My Life As a Courgette: ‘beautifully tender and empathetic’. Photograph: rita productions Last week, I swooned over Michaël Dudok de Wit’s The Red Turtle, a French-Belgian-Japanese co-production which was nominated for the best animated feature Oscar. Also recommended in that same category was My Life As a Courgette (or My Life As a Zucchini in […]