Blood Matters

Aged 37, with one daughter and an adopted son, journalist Gessen learns that she has inherited a mutated gene from her mother, leaving her with a 40% chance of developing ovarian cancer and an 87% possibility of breast cancer in her lifetime...

The Secret Life of the Universe

Amy Corzine begins with a quote from poet Kathleen Raine: "There is an invisible way across the sky/Birds travel that way, the Sun and Moon/And all the stars travel that path by night"... 

The Snow Tourist

In his first novel, The Favourite Game, Canadian writer-turned-singer Leonard Cohen evokes a powerful metaphor on which his memoirs of growing up in Montreal profoundly hang. When the narrator’s young love Lisa throws herself onto a blanket of snow, the imprint of her body captures the fact that nothing so beautiful, perfect, or innocent can be achieved in the adult life they are about to launch into.

Dancing On The Ceiling

Business is business, whatever bright new model you follow. Ultimately the banks and the government are still in charge. Could we ourselves do any better? The answer is, of course, Yes we can

Hoping Against Hope

The economic downturn might be cause for renewed hope, encouraging new graduates to apply for ‘safe’ public-sector jobs and contribute creatively to a shared future, as recent figures show. But how to keep all those creative minds from heading back to the ‘cool’ jobs once things start to get better?