fiction

In 1950, when he was close to the peak of his fame as a novelist, Nigel Balchin said, as part of a character sketch he wrote for an American newspaper, 'there is practically nothing in which I am not or can not be intensely interested'. One thing that he was intensely...

At a fringe event on Psychology and Literature, members of the Nottingham Writers’ Studio reflected upon different styles of sharing stories in scientific and creative writing.

Anne Goodwin, retired Clinical Psychologist, described the new experience of being judged by...

Everyone knows Bond’s resident scientist. Major Boothroyd, played by Desmond Llewelyn – the original Q – was a regular foil to Bond’s insouciance and cavalier disregard for office equipment. Desmond morphed into John Cleese, who then transmogrified into the dry, youthful,...

Darcy and Wickham. Harry Potter and Lord Voldemort. Sherlock and Moriarty. Whatever the genre – be it romance, fantasy or detective fiction – many of our favourite stories involve a sublime double act of a hero and villain, characters that inhabit our minds and linger in the...

Hanya Yanagihara’s first novel (The People in the Trees) took her years to write, and although well received, sank without trace. Her second, A Little Life, was written in an astonishing 18 months (it’s over 700 pages long). Critically acclaimed and becoming a bestseller, it...

The shortlist for the 2015 Wellcome Book Prize has been announced. Including two novels and four non-fiction books, the shortlist 'captures a diverse range of subjects and perspectives, from brain surgeons to...

In 1877 prison authorities calledon Francis Galton with a pressing question. Could it be the case that certain types of crimes correlated with particular facial characteristics? They presented him with a large number of photos of delinquents and Galton set out to arrange them...

In F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel Tender is the Night, the charismatic psychiatrist Dick Diver falls for a beautiful heiress, Nicole Warren. He marries her but they don’t live happily ever after. Why not? One reason is that Nicole has a secret: she is subject to bouts of madness...

Psychoanalytic perspectives on the creative arts are not new; for example, Austrian psychotherapist Melanie Klein (1882–1960) offered a thematic analysis of the paintings by Ruth Weber and the film Citizen Kane (later published by Olsen, 2004, and Mason, 1998). In the latter...