The benefits of middle age

Author Sarah Long on wisdom, relaxation, empathy and other rewards that come with middle age. 

William Sieghart national poetry day

The founder of National Poetry Day and the Forward Prize for Poetry, William Sieghart, chats to us about the joys and healing...

The invisibility of older women

"Old age ain't no place for sissies", Bette Davis once said and, especially if you're a woman, some of its...

Paul Hoffman books by my bedside

Author Paul Hoffman talks to us about his fascination with frauds, the role of contemporary fiction and the books that are currently on...

Kate Grenville against fragrance

After suffering from ill health brought on by fragrance, bestselling novelist Kate Grenville decided to turn her attention to the...

What 50 looks like now: the lure of past romance

Author Sarah Long ponders the benefits and dangers of firing up an old romance.  

What 50 looks like now: why are you still here?

If you ever catch yourself wondering why your adult child hasn’t left home yet—don’t worry—you are not alone....

Alexander McCall Smith

Alexander McCall Smith speaks to Anna Walker about pigs, music and Scotland’s heart-stopping beauty.