Julia McKinnell

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How to move on from unrequited love

An academic plumbs the roots of obsession to understand her own
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How to parent a ‘struggling’ child

As a parent, Ann Douglas has helped her four children weather oppositional defiant disorder, ADHD, Asperger’s syndrome and extreme depression, respectively.
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Jessie Close’s resilience in the face of mental illness: Book review

Born with beauty, brains and the benefit of a trust fund, Glenn Close’s younger sister has spent most of her life suffering from mental illness
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Asexuals and the challenge of navigating a sex-obsessed world

’Believing that love isn’t fully there unless sex is desired, too, is like believing a tailless dog is never happy’
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The dirt on archaeologists: Book review

Johnson’s book about archaeologists—their passion, tenacity and sense of humour—is filled with many fun (and disgusting) facts
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Can you get fitter at 50 than you’ve ever been in your life?

What if it were possible to restore the body to peak physical condition? Author Margaret Webb finds out
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Remembering the sad, odd, writerly life of Roberto Bolaño

Book review: Mónica Maristain’s ’Bolano: A Biography in Conversations’
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Life and Death on the Front Lines of Pediatric Surgery

Small offers a hair-raising account of the state of pediatric surgery
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Liquid gold

The true story of a plot to poison one of the world’s most expensive wines is a satisfying whodunit
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The story behind the novel Dr. Zhivago

Russian poet Boris Pasternak’s laughed off criticisms of his epic love story: ’I just grin’