Penelope Lively, one of England's most well regarded writers, won the Booker Prize in 1987 with her novel, Moon Tiger.
New Year Resolutions are made to be broken, but they must at least be made. In my case, if for no other reason than that they make knocking off this simple column (yes, I repeat, any of you could have written it) simpler still.
Still rerunning in my mind images of the just-concluded India v South Africa Test series — for my money, the most absorbing Test series of recent times — I am forced to come to this conclusion: our daughter will not grow up to be a cricket fanatic. No, she won’t even grow up to be a proper cricket fan, I think.
Trouble is brewing in a school near Liverpool in England about a 12-year-old girl's right to wear a nose stud to class. The school does not allow students to wear ear or nose studs to school. Parents sign up to this rule when they admit their children.
Published to howls of outrage in the US, the most controversial and provocative parenting book of recent times will be out in India early next month.
Given that some of our channels prefer to show a bit of cricket between the ads rather than some ads between the cricket, I watch the cricket at home with the TV on mute.
So there we were, my nine-year-old girl and I. In our ersatz Arsenal shirts, hunkered down in front of the TV at 5.30 pm on a Sunday, mouths a little agape in the manner in which all followers’ are when they watch their team play, waiting for Arsenal to kick off against Huddersfield Town in the fourth round of the FA Cup.
A writer friend who became a father a few months ago has had his writing life turned on its head. His rhythm is shot, and he finds eking out time difficult. He teaches at an American university, and he says his day job is hardly demanding. But still...