Amy Barnes

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My BRCA Saga

For years, I've followed a methodical cancer prevention regimen. Meet with a doctor regularly, review my family history, and flirt with the idea of …

Cancer

“The poem is an ideal balm. If only it could bring the balmy weather with it.” Read Michael Bruce’s poem “Elegy—Written in Spring”: http://tpr.ly/OZlNqz.

How to Cure Your Anxiety? Read Henry James’s ‘The Portrait of a Lady,’ Of Course.

Always feeling anxious? There’s a cure, and it doesn’t involve drugs, medicinal herbs, or shock therapy. Ella Berthoud and Susan Elderkin, the …

This Terrifying Bride Is Only Joking Except When She's Not

Everyone has a friend—a terrifying, beautiful friend—who wields humor the way ranchers wield cattle prods; who jokes, and teases, and <i>Just kidding!</i>s …

Weddings

Red Hong Yi Creates Birds From Petals

When you look at the structure of a flower petal, the delicate lines and shapes might bring to mind images of bird feathers. But even when it's easy …

Birds

Pretty is a Set of Skills

Burlesque performer and fan dancing extraordinaire Jezebel Express once shared her realization that “sexy is a set of skills.” While I wholeheartedly …

Hair

19 Contemporary British Novels You Need to Read Now

Perhaps my opinion here owes much to the fact that I’m Canadian and therefore still subject to excessive colonial reverence for people with cool …

Books

3 Facts About English’s Most Adorable Suffix

Is there any suffix more adorable than the lovely little –ling? It gives us yearlings and starlings, downy ducklings and goslings, affectionate …

Language

The Exhausted Author's Guide To Book Club Tours

Last month, 76 book clubs read my debut novel, <i>The Year of the Gadfly</i>, and I visited all of them. I was attempting to set the Official World Record for the Most Book Clubs Visited by An Author in One Month, which is another way of saying I was attempting to get whatever attention I could for a book …

The invention of the career ladder

<b>The dreary, hunched Victorian office clerk, with his ink-stained fingers and pale skin, is a classic figure. They were magically motivated by the invention of the "career ladder", explains Lucy Kellaway.</b><p>Charles Dickens loved them.<p>There are 104 in his collected works - though in my head they've …

Literature

The arrival of women in the office

<b>The typewriter is almost obsolete in the modern office. But it played a crucial role in women's arrival in the workplace, explains Lucy Kellaway.</b><p>In 1887, Rudyard Kipling met one of the new breed of typewriting girls while visiting San Francisco.<p>They aroused in him a mixture of fear and fascination, …

Mad Men

How the office was invented

<b>Many people might think of office-bound life as a modern phenomenon, but there's a long history of people chained to their desks, explains Lucy Kellaway.</b><p>In medieval London the old St Paul's Cathedral used to dwarf everything around it. Now it is dwarfed - by offices.<p>The Shard, Canary Wharf, NatWest …

Mental Disorders

Rent 'unaffordable' for low-income families in third of UK

<b>A third of Britain is effectively off-limits to lower-income working families because private rents are unaffordable, a new report claims.</b><p>The report comes from the Resolution Foundation, which campaigns on behalf of low to middle-income families.<p>It says most of southern England is now beyond the …

Housing

Readers: Speak up for your 'crap town'

The hotly awaited second edition of Crap Towns, “back by unpopular demand”, is set to spark another ferocious debate as it whittles down the top 100 …

'This Misterie of Fucking': A Sex Manual From 1680

“[I] stopped at Martin's, my bookseller, where I saw the French book which I did think to have had for my wife to translate, called L'escholle des …

Books

Ten best historical novels - Telegraph

Flashman, by George MacDonald Fraser - Ten best historical novels

Books

The 50 Books Everyone Needs to Read, 1963-2013

The thing about reading is this: it takes a long time. There are innumerable books in the world, and many more good ones than can be read by any …

Skeletons show rickets struck the Medici family

Indoor life and poor nutrition condemned the children of Florence's rulers to bone disease.<p>As the wealthy rulers of Tuscany and patrons of Leonardo …

Apple Tree Yard by Louise Doughty – review

A respected, middle-aged, married scientist meets a stranger and experiences such a powerful attraction to him that, moments later, she has sex with …