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Simon Russell Beale is a man born to wear a dress. As Captain Terri Dennis, he is the camp jewel in Peter Nichols’s satirical musical revue, Privates On Parade. Originally written in 1977, around the same time as the TV hit, It Ain’t Half Hot Mum, it...
Top Tips for Writing Romance
Before you begin writing 1. Get in the mood. Dial up the romance in your life! Conjure up dreamy heroes as you do the housework. Cook a candlelit dinner for your other half and get lost in the moment. Take a friend to see a romantic movie at the...
Literary Snobs
I did a book festival recently with a couple of other authors, one of whom is well known for a series that was a huge book club hit, the other of whom is one of my closest author friends. I don’t see her often, and when we get together she makes me...
An afternoon with Barbara Taylor Bradford
You love our literary lunches… now for something even more special. The Lady magazine invites you to enjoy an intimate afternoon tea with Barbara Taylor Bradford on Tuesday 26 February, as she launches her latest and undoubtedly bestselling book,...
With its endlessly quotable prose and beloved characters, from the Mad Hatter to the Cheshire Cat, Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland truly captured the nation's imagination. Here, the national tourist board looks at some of the English...
Dancing On The Edge
There are some weeks when, frankly, it’s a bit of a struggle to find something new in the television schedule that I can recommend to your attention. And then there’s this week. Dancing On The Edge (scheduled for 4 February on BBC Two) is a big, shiny,...
Radio Review: 1 February
Sometimes, I feel that BBC Radio 4 bosses are tapping into the darkest recesses of my brain when they come up with programmes for the hour between 11am and noon. This was never more so than last week, when, in the first of the new In Living Memory...
Book Reviews: 14 November
OUT NOW ALL THE DAYS AND NIGHTS by Niven Govinden (The Friday Project, £12.99; offer price, £11.69) Anna Brown, obsessive and successful artist, absorbs herself in her final portrait, while John, her husband and muse, is away on a quest to find Anna’s...
The Greatest Storytellers Of All Time Revealed
Roald Dahl has been named the greatest storyteller of all time. The creator of classics such as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and James and the Giant Peach has topped a poll of the greatest authors, songwriters, artists and photographers. Oliver...
Book Review: 5 February
OUT NOW WHEN BREATH BECOMES AIR by Paul Kalanithi (The Bodley Head, £12.99; offer price, £10.99) At the age of 36, Kalanithi was on the brink of a brilliant career. After studying literature at Stanford University, he had spent 11 years training to be...
Book Reviews: 22 August
OUT NOW IZA’S BALLAD by Magda Szabó, translated by George Szirtes (Harvill Secker, £16.99, offer price, £13.99) In her award-winning novel The Door, the Hungarian author explored intergenerational clashes and the conflict between traditional and...
Book Reviews: 20 June
OUT NOW A SONG FOR ISSY BRADLEY by Carys Bray (Hutchinson, £12.99; offer price, £11.69) A Mormon family has its beliefs tested to the limit following the death of the youngest child, Issy. The other family members are forced to confront their religious...
Book Reviews: 13 June
OUT NOW THE SKELETON CUPBOARD: The Making Of A Clinical Psychologist by Tanya Byron (Macmillan, £18.99; offer price, £14.99) The much-respected therapist and author shares her experiences of training as a psychologist in this honest and insightful...
Book Reviews: 13 September
OUT NOW RESISTANCE: Jews And Christians Who Defied The Nazi Terror by Nechama Tec (Oxford University Press, £17.99; offer price, £14.99) Holocaust scholar Nechama Tec attempts to shatter the myth surrounding Jewish passivity in the face of Nazi...
The Daily: August 14
Unseen Barbara Cartland works published Barbara Cartland's complete works, comprising 823 novels and 57 new unseen works are to be republished for the first time since her death in 2000. Famed for her flamboyance and love of the colour pink, the aptly...
Book Reviews: 4 January
OUT NOW WINTER by Adam Gopnik (Quercus, £18.99) Winter begins with a snowstorm – on 12 November 1968, in Canada, when the author, Adam Gopnik, was a small boy. He stood at a window and watched the snow falling ‘so it first italicised the plants and...
Book reviews: 19 October
OUT NOW NANCY: THE STORY OF LADY ASTOR by Adrian Fort (Jonathan Cape, £25) One might expect the first woman to be elected to parliament (in 1919) to be a ferociously feminist bluestocking, with little time for social life, sport and fashion; however,...
Book reviews: 12 October
OUT NOW RENEGADE by Robyn Young (Hodder & Stoughton, £16.99) A gripping new historical novel from the author of Brethren – Renegade is the second novel in Robyn Young's Insurrection trilogy and tells the story of Robert Bruce. Carefully researched and...
Book reviews: 10 August
OUT NOW THE UNINVITED by Liz Jensen (Bloomsbury, £12.99) An original, nightmarish, eighth crime novel from Liz Jensen, whose last, Rapture, was shortlisted for the Brit Writers' Award and selected as Channel 4's TV Book Club Best Read. Similarly...
Book Reviews: 8 June
OUT NOW BBC SPRINGWATCH BRITISH WILDLIFE The Springwatch Team (Collins, £20) Accompanying book to BBC's Springwatch that fills in the background information busy programme presenters don't necessarily have time for. In five self-explanatory parts...

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