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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.


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:

Can two weeks of 'sleep school' cure horrific insomnia?

A trip to my mother’s native Sweden helped me recapture my childhood

My sister had schizophrenia. She was the bravest person I knew

Life after death

A moment that changed me: my dream job healed my excruciating pain

‘I had to clamp my jaws together so the neighbours wouldn’t hear my howls’

Why you're never too old to fall in love

I was single for most of my life. At 51 I finally found love

What Prince Harry doesn’t understand about finding 'joy' at work

The real villain in Alice Sebold’s tragic tale has yet to be caught

Five writers share their own missives from an extraordinary 2020

Just lost your job? Here's what you should do next...

Twitter helps to build ventilators from scratch

The Year of Living Distantly: the stuff that happens somewhere else

Despite what they say, life without children can be rewarding

The Art of Not Falling Apart: Rethinking Failure and Shame

When the world sets your teeth on the edge

We can all find ways to bounce back - ex Independent columnist pens book about life after losing journalism job

All by myself: the joys of being single

How it feels to... lose your job in midlife

Alfie Evans: Love, loss and ignorance in the battle of Alder Hey

The ‘new hygge’: downshifting for death

Why must technology keep on reminding me I've just lost Mum? asks a grieving writer who's mother left behind 'digital footprints'

'My other country, my mother country, my mother’s country'

Ask for a pay rise and get it, by the woman who tells female executives how to demand more

The death of a sibling: 'It makes no sense and never will'

Charlie Gard: Sometimes it’s best to let a child go

The world's leading 'brain trainer' reveals tricks for improving your memory

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

How it feels to... marry a foreigner

The Interview: Carey Mulligan, actress

What drives intelligent young women to become "jihadi brides"?

Pulling pints and cleaning tables is pure joy for this 21-year-old

I was carried towards heaven then cast into hell

What I learned from being single for 51 years: Don't ruin your life by yearning for something you haven't yet got

She's the headhunter putting jobseekers through their paces in a new show. Here she reveals: How to dazzle in interviews after 50

Tough love from a tender heart

How to survive losing your job mid-life

Ebola: the killer is beaten

Cliveden: welcome to the house of fun.

The Woman Who Disappeared

Unhappy clappy: Christina Patterson's lost youth as a Christian fundamentalist

I'll show you mine, if you show me yours

When a child has a baby

‘My final dream was to have children’

The fine art of talking rubbish

The end of the line

Living on benefits from one generation to the next

Clicking through to the last page

Lenny Hamilton: 'I'll never forget when Ronnie Kray burnt me with pokers'

Robert McKee - A day with Mr Movie

The science of compassion

A day for the people to share in a young man's journey from sadness to joy

Can British politicians win back our respect?