Emotional Landscapes

Leading writers give their own interpretation of a particular emotion.



Kate Clanchy discusses tenderness.

A tender image makes children, or parents, of us all, and that is a disarming, frightening feeling.

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Sean O'Brien reflects on the life of his grandmother from Hull in his essay about patience.

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Lavinia Greenlaw explores the feeling of guilt.

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Tahmima Anam questions what exactly is meant by courage.


Richard Mabey considers how looking at nature could be a fruitful way of coping with loss.


Novelist Meg Rosoff asks what, if anything, is wrong with being ambitious.


Playwright John Godber writes about what courage means for him and his family in light of illness and bereavement.


Novelist Naomi Alderman discusses bitterness explaining that we are all prey to it.

Although we might find it hard to acknowledge, it can be one of the most motivating emotions.

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Novelist and broadcaster Adam Thorpe considers pride and how this can switch so easily between being a valuable and corrosive feeling.