JOHANNA MORRIGAN, THE protagonist of Caitlin Moran’s new coming-of-age novel How to Build a Girl, is an unlikely heroine next to fictional superstars Katniss Everdeen and Bella Swan. Johanna is smart, well-read, and funny; she’s also a fat, poor and lonely 14-year-old growing up in 1990s post-Thatcher Britain who can’t wait to escape the crowded council flat in a destitute West Midlands town where she lives with her parents and four siblings.By Anne Kingston
I STILL REMEMBER the day a couple of years ago when the brilliant actor, producer and director Tina Keeper called me at home with what she promised was exciting news. After some small talk, she blurted it out: “Joseph,” she said, “The Truth and Reconciliation Commission and I would like you to be involved in a ballet.”
BY CHRIS SORENSEN ■ Alan Sellathamby graduated from the University of Toronto four years ago. Armed with a degree in political science and philosophy, he scoured job boards in the hopes of landing an entry-level civil service job—maybe a junior policy analyst or even a position in a passport office.
BY BRIAN BETHUNE ■ Small wonder, says Adrienne Clarkson, that the question of belonging—what it is, how it’s achieved, how much it matters—has preoccupied her for most of her life. When she arrived in Ottawa in 1941 at age two, the youngest in a refugee family down to a suitcase each, she says in an interview, she found a city “full of white people, white bread and white snow.”
BY LUIZA CH. SAVAGE • Nov. 4 was promising to be a political disaster for Democrats. But in a campaign season beset by twists and surprises, the midterm congressional elections appear to be tightening into a nail-biter that will help define the remainder of Barack Obama’s presidency—with potentially large implications for Ottawa.
BY KATE LUNAU ■ On the short list of people who’ve been into space, two are identical twins. Scott and Mark Kelly, whose parents were police officers, are both NASA astronauts; they’re about to become subjects in a unique and groundbreaking study.
COLBY COSH THE STRANGE FICTION OF HADRIAN’S WALL SCOTLAND HAS HAD its say, and the United Kingdom has been saved—for now. The No victory in the independence referendum made me happy, on balance. But if I look closely at my reasons they turn out to be quite personal, even prejudicial.
BY CHRIS SORENSEN ■ With interests in everything from oil and lumber to shipbuilding, the Irvings are one of the most powerful business dynasties Canada has ever seen. But all is not well inside of this notoriously private— and privately held—group of companies.
BY WILLIAM THORSELL ■ Toronto feels somewhat Parisian these days, with upper-income folks claiming the city centre, and the rest streaming back and forth on public transit from suburbs we never see. Yes, downtown Toronto is a hive of diversity in retail stores, offices, universities, clubs and streets, but a great proportion of these people go home at the end of the day to their challenging “priority neighborhoods.”
Get lost, and stay lost What is the great mystery about the Franklin expedition (“Finding Franklin,” Society, Sept. 22)? We already knew 99 per cent of the story of what happened to the ships and crew. In an earlier expedition to the Coppermine River, Franklin proved that he was a stubborn, bullheaded leader who knew better than the local Natives about how to travel and survive in the North—which led to many deaths and the gruesome spectre of cannibalism among his party, 23 years before his fatal expedition.
The story you want is part of the Maclean’s Archives. To access it, log in here or sign up for your free 30-day trial.
Experience anything and everything Maclean's has ever published — over 3,500 issues and 150,000 articles, images and advertisements — since 1905. Browse on your own, or explore our curated collections and timely recommendations.WATCH THIS VIDEO for highlights of everything the Maclean's Archives has to offer.