Tag Archives: Autobiography and memoir

Can I forgive the man who abused me?

Thordis Elva was crimes aged 16. Years subsequently, she emailed Tom Stranger, the man who raped her, beginning a raw, agonizing healing process documented in their work South of Forgiveness. In this remove, they meet to find a way forward Thordis Elva is from Iceland and known to Icelandersas a columnist, playwright, journalist and public … Read More

The good notebooks for summer 2016

From Essex serpents to chimps, political irony to the best brand-new thrillers guiding columnists discover which volumes they will be taking to the beach Julian Barnes I recently reread Anita Brookner s firstly novel A Start in Life ( Penguin ), and it left me thinking that maybe all novelists should be forbidden from writing … Read More

William Giraldi on life as a bookish bodybuilder: ‘It’s a poisoned mode to be a man’

As a girl, William Giraldi would pump himself full of steroids, touched the gym … and secretly read Keats. His new memoir peruses the absurdities of modern masculinity and foresees a better world-wide in which his sons dont get caught in its poisonou grip As a teenage bodybuilder, William Giraldi would obscure a battered old … Read More