Finding solace in a corner of a foreign field

China’s birthrate is higher than South Korea’s or Japan’s. Yet family life is thriving there as millions defy the one-child policy

‘Occasionally one reads of an incident in this great metropolis so awful, so disturbing, that just for a moment one’s mental moorings are shaken’

Two productions of Antigone show the elasticity of one of the most challenging plays in the canon

Erich Kästner’s books for children shows that that difficult ideas don’t have to be kept from young readers

‘The first generation sweats on market stalls to give their kids the education that enables them, ultimately, to patronise their parents’

The postwar baby boom fuelled a religious revival, but the welfare state is no substitute for the family—or God

Sports-pages-stalwart Roger Mortimer’s writing has been resurrected with the publication of letters to his children

Comparing Colette’s protagonist Gigi with her namesake Gigi Chao shows that meddling family members are nothing new