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Sarah Hampson

Life columnist

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Dress for success? No thanks. How competition is corrupting our lives

In the West these days, vying against each other defines all aspects of life, from education to careers to romance. We fight to get into the best schools, reduce finding love to spectator sport, even dress for success rather than comfort or pleasure. But as an intriguing new book suggests, conducting our affairs in a constant state of conflict has corrosive effects on relationships, workplaces and the overall culture. And ultimately, we all lose

May 29, 2014

The only advice mothers will ever need: be you

Sure there were jitters, at times it was a noble experiment. But when I see how my boys became fine, young men, any self-doubts or second-guessing now seem so trivial. The key was letting nature take its course

May 09, 2014

It’s time we said it: Successful women do make mistakes

Why is it so difficult for even successful females to admit that their careers are often filled with cringe-worthy errors, burnout and 180-degree changes in course? An important new book finally makes it plain that most women’s lives are not magazine spreads

May 01, 2014

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Sarah Hampson is an award-winning journalist whose work started appearing in The Globe and Mail in 1998, when she was invited to write a column. Since 1993, when she began her career in journalism, she had been writing for all of Canada's major magazines, including Toronto Life, Saturday Night (now defunct), Chatelaine, Report on Business and Canadian Art, among others. Best known for her incisive, award-winning profiles of people, she has written on a range of subjects from motherhood of three boys, divorce, trekking on the world's largest uninhabited island in the High Arctic, late-night browsing on the Shopping Channel and the retail magic of Holt Renfrew. She has also written for British newspapers, including The Observer.

In 2007, Hampson came on staff at The Globe and debuted her popular column, Generation Ex, a taboo-breaking weekly feature that examined the culture of divorce and the emotional archaeology beneath some of our happiest and most difficult romantic decisions. It quickly became a must-read in the paper. Her memoir, Happily Ever After Marriage, A Re-invention in Mid Life, published by Knopf in April 2010, drew on the success of the column and became a Canadian best-seller.

In October 2010, she debuted Happiness, a column that looks at the science and pursuit of happiness in modern life. She continues to write her Interview column, a weekly feature that has appeared in the paper since 1999.


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