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Battle of Hastings

Set Fire To a Log

After he had settled the small issue of who ran our country (him, of course), William the Conqueror set about inventing lots of new laws, many of which were decidedly...

Modern Manners

Plague of tardiness?

Dear Thomas, Some people are just always late and it drives me mad – late for dinner, late meeting up for a coffee. Can anything be done about it or should we just accept...

First Impressions


What are you working on at the moment? I am filming The Syndicate in Yorkshire. It is a six-part series for BBC One, written and directed by Kay Mellor, whose reputation...



Beef Bourguignon Pie (pictured above) Serves 6 – 8Equipment 1 x 3-litre lidded ovenproof casserole pan; 1 x 2-litre ovenproof pie dish Ingredients 4 tbsp olive...


Martin Clunes

He is famous for playing immature lunk Gary in Men Behaving Badly and an uptight GP in Doc Martin, but Martin Clunes may soon be equally well known for a very different...

The Lady Events


Once again, The Lady is delighted to announce our next Literary Lunch. On Tuesday 21 April, we invite you to a drinks reception followed by a three-course lunch. Spend the...

Book Reviews

New Must Reads

OUT NOW SPILL SIMMER FALTER WITHER by Sara Baume (Tramp Press, £10; no offer price available) Lancashire-born Sara Baume’s debut novel is narrated by a 50-something...



There are few things that please me more than a good Harold Pinter impersonation. So when I saw that Harry Enfield, who like his chum Paul Whitehouse just keeps getting...


Miller’s Mighty Tragedy

The perennial hazard of being a theatre critic means that I am always being asked for recommendations. Admittedly, it’s infinitely preferable to the list of symptoms that...


Dame Judi Dench

Dame Judi Dench has a problem with growing older. Now aged 80, the acclaimed actress often finds herself fielding questions about retirement and her advancing years....


VG Lee

I think you’re being thoroughly selfish,’ my neighbour Ted says, having enjoyed two mugs of tea, an early hot-cross bun and the best part of a packet of chocolate Bourbons....


Gertrude Jekyll and Edwin...

Born in November 1843, Gertrude Jekyll was the fifth of seven children of Captain Edward Jekyll of the Grenadier Guards and his wife Julia Hammersley. In 1878, her recently...

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