Famous people are all very well. Famous people are sometimes even interesting, but famous people are used to being interviewed. Christina thinks it can be more interesting to talk to people who aren’t used to talking to a journalist. She has, over the years, written thousands of columns about “issues”, and done hundreds of interviews with very famous people, but she also likes taking an issue – like teenage parenthood or intergenerational unemployment - and giving it a human face. In The Sunday Times magazine, for example, she has written about women who don’t have children, and started off by talking very personally herself. After an angry email from a male reader, she was invited to do a follow-up about childless men. In both cases, she was touched by the way her subjects opened up. In her features, she aims to combine analysis with personal stories and feeling in ways that make people think.

Crisis in Nursing - Newspaper Spread

You can download a pdf of this article from The Sunday Times magazine here. The photographer, by the way, wouldn’t let Christina smile.

You can also download pdfs of the following pieces from the Sunday Times magazine:

‘My final dream was to have children’: Middle-aged, lonely, childless… and male. Christina Patterson tries to get Britain’s silent army of single men talking.

Living on benefits from one generation to the next

Britain’s youngest parents may be in love, but other adolescent mums and dads tell Christina Patterson of a harsher reality

I’ll show you mine: the ups and downs of adult sexting

Unhappy clappy: At 14, Christina Patterson joined an evangelical church to meet boys. A decade on she found herself suffering health problems, speaking in tongues – and she was still a virgin. Here she recounts her escape

The Woman Who Disappeared

Cliveden: welcome to the house of fun

Ebola: the killer is beaten.

Jihadi Brides: What drives intelligent young women to become "jihadi brides"?

How it feels to... marry a foreigner

How to win friends or alienate people: Does the  Prevent anti-radicalisation strategy really work?