Our daughter died. Now she lives in the pages of a romantic novel

In 2003, Alice Martineau was on the brink of a successful pop career when she died, aged 30, of cystic fibrosis. Now her family have given permission for her inspiring life story to be fictionalised In November 2014, an email pinged into Luke Martineaus inbox from Cystic Fibrosis Trust helplines: 0300 373 1000 or 020 … Read more

Taking photographs of Holocaust survivors helped me find my own identity

Harry Bordens father didnt much care about being Jewish, so it was left to Harrys grandmother to make him feel his heritage was special. And when his marriage ended, it proved invaluable My dad, Charlie Borden, was born in New York in 1929, the only son of Jewish immigrants who had moved to the US … Read more

With a French partner, Im scared for my familys future post-Brexit

Hilary Freemans life has been turned upside down by the EU referendum vote she and her family feel like pawns in a very political game Have you heard the one about the British woman who married an immigrant just so she could leave the country? Thats the joke that Ive been telling, ever since 24 … Read more

How real is the image of the wise and loving grandparent?

Movies are full of mellow, nurturing grandparents, but todays actual ones are just as likely to be off on cruises as quietly doing the babysitting I went to see the movie Moana, the heroine of the story, strikes out beyond the limitations of her island community thanks to the insights and encouragement of her grandmother, … Read more

I feel like Jason Bourne I cant recall daily life with my wife

Im suffering from grief amnesia but shedding some memories is helping me to deal with my bereavement Its like youre Widowed & Young) whose partner died at a similar time to Helen and weve swapped stories in person and online for months. Her mocking response to my offloading on to her would seem disrespectful from … Read more

How breast cancer and the BRCA gene brought us the sister we never knew

For Tamsin and Lorna, discovering their half-sister was good news at a time of gruelling treatments and agonising choices over preventive surgery Like all sisters, Tamsin and Lorna Sargeant and Claire Pike are linked by their genes. But in their case, one gene has dominated their relationship; in fact, it was responsible for bringing them … Read more

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