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 also download pdfs of the following pieces from the Sunday Times magazine:
Jihadi Brides: What drives intelligent young women to become “jihadi brides”?
‘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.
Britain’s youngest parents may be in love, but other adolescent mums and dads tell Christina Patterson of a harsher reality
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