Mary Shelley

The woman behind Frankenstein

Don’t leave me alone with her. She’s been the bane of my life since I was three years old!’ These were the words of Mary Shelley to her daughter-in-law, who had kindly...


Domestic dramas

If I only had a housekeeper – or even an ambitious assistant cook like Downton’s Daisy Mason. This was my constant lament as I worked away on The Housekeeper’s Tale – a...


The good boob guide

Breast augmentation, whether for reconstructive or cosmetic reasons, is one of the most common surgical procedures in Britain, yet it remains shrouded in mystery. Advances...



Kathy Lette on The Queen

The inhabitants of Norfolk Island, situated 1,400km off the coast of New South Wales, are direct descendents of mutineers of the Bounty. Well, this week another revolt is...

First Impressions



What are you working on at the moment? I'm presenting a programme for Classic FM, called Charlotte Green’s Culture Club, which involves playing music and also interviewing...


'Only a fool could assume...

Nicolas Roeg is one of the most influential and inventive film directors of the past century. His masterpieces include such cult fi lms as Performance (1970) and Don’t Look...


Champers & conspiracy theories

Novelist Una-Mary Parker has lived in a Georgian town house a stone’s throw from Harrods for more than 50 years. She greets me immaculately dressed, with jewels sparkling...


Sparking century

In 1937 poet Paul Claudel described gemstones as ‘spirit made matter’. And he was well placed to comment, for his son had married the daughter of jeweller Pierre Cartier....


The Lord of the Manor will...

It’s been a busy year for Hugh Bonneville. He reprised his role as the bumbling boss Ian Fletcher in W1A, a BBC spin-off from the awardwinning Olympics mockumentary Twenty...


Tips to remain on top

Calgary on WELLNESS:Wellness is about feeling good and having the energy and the health to live a full life: one which is exciting, efficient and fun. Whether it is having...


My father, The Lady's man

You could not imagine a more unlikely candidate looking for a job at The Lady than my father, David Mitford. He had just survived a bullet wound in the Boer War, which...


At home with Jane Austen

It is a question that many a Jane Austen fan ponders: just how much are our favourite backdrops, Mr Darcy’s grandiose Pemberley or the depiction of Bath in Northanger...


Why Julie's a real Lady

It’s been a big year for Julie Walters: roles in Effie Gray and the upcoming blockbuster Paddington, a Bafta Fellowship – and a newly announced BBC Two documentary about...

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"BEAUTY may fade and riches be lost, but a sense of humour ripens with the years, and cannot be stolen. It remains a very real solace, and a talisman against the ills of life."

The Lady. The Invaluable Possession 2nd May, 1912
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What the stars have in store for you this week.Oct 31 - Nov 6

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Q: A recent survey has revealed the Top 10 things British women would love to do but are too scared. Have you done any of the following?

Sing in public / karaoke - 10.6%
Ask for a pay rise - 6.2%
Travel or holiday alone - 27.7%
Do a naked photo-shoot - 6.2%
Get a tattoo - 3.8%
Have a bikini wax - 4.9%
Get your hair cut very short - 10.6%
Ask someone out on a date - 3.8%
Quit your job - 19%
Have cosmetic surgery - 7.3%
The voting for this poll has ended on: 13 Jun 2014 - 09:12

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