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The Lady Guide to Modern Manners: 10 March
Dear Thomas, On returning from holiday, I found that my cleaner had smashed an antique plate worth £450. I’m wondering if it would be appropriate for me to mete out the same treatment to the hideous drinks dispenser she gave me for Christmas. Dolly...
Book Reviews: 25 November
OUT NOW GOTHAM Rising: New York in The 1930s by Jules Stewart (IB Tauris, £20) The default narrative of interwar New York City tells of two starkly contrasting decades riven by the catastrophic Wall Street Crash of October 1929. Before it, the roaring...
Book Reviews: 2 September
OUT NOW A SMELL OF BURNING : The Story Of Epilepsy by Colin Grant (Jonathan Cape, £16.99) When the author Graham Greene was diagnosed with epilepsy, he noted that – alongside cancer and leprosy – it was the condition that the public feared most. But...
The Lady guide to Modern Manners: 26th August
Dear Thomas, Is it in order to interfere with other people’s pipework? I ask because my friend Ursula came round last week and dropped her ring down my sink. Before I could stop her she’d got into the cupboard underneath and wrenched off the U-bend....
Radio Review: 29th July
Looking back over the history of British comedy, I am forced to conclude that Peter Jones doesn’t get anywhere near the level of love and praise he’s due. If his only contributions to the genre were his years in Spike Milligan’s demented repertory...
Book reviews: 17 June
OUT NOW THE LAST ROYAL REBEL: The Life And Death Of James, Duke Of Monmouth by Anna Keay (Bloomsbury, £25) Described by Pepys as ‘the most skittish, leaping gallant that I ever saw’, James, Duke of Monmouth embodied some of the virtues and most of the...
The Lady Guide to Modern Manners: 10 June
Dear Thomas, I hesitate to raise the painful subject of barbecues once again. The acrid smoke when they are first lit is not pleasant – especially pouring in at my bedroom window. But I am not at all certain that there is any solid ground for...
My Mother Said I Never Should
Not all women can be mothers, sisters, aunts or nieces, but we are all daughters. Inescapably. The relationships between daughters and mothers, as well as the way in which women’s expectations have changed over the decades, are the subjects of...
Book reviews: 22 April
OUT NOW A CABINET OF PHILOSOPHICAL CURIOSITIES by Roy Sorensen (Profile Books, £14.99; offer price, £12.99) As the title suggests this is a dizzying, surprising and amusing compendium of fascinating and odd examples of logic that can be found outside...
Book reviews: 15 April
OUT NOW UNEXPECTED ISRAEL: STORIES YOU NEVER READ IN THE MEDIA by Ruth Corman (Gefen Publishing House, £29.50; offer price, £25) Beautifully illustrated with photographs by the author, Unexpected Israel brings to life a rich cast of characters that you...
Great American Railway Journeys
Cast your mind back to when Michael Portillo was defence secretary in the 1990s and the highlight of his ministerial career as he drove a tank across Salisbury Plain. Was he even then secretly hankering to indulge his lifelong passion for the railways?...
‘All human life is there’ was the motto of the old News Of The World, and it’s a good summation of the residential London street in which Capital (Tuesday, BBC One, 9pm) is set. Here’s the home of City banker Roger (Toby Jones) and his wife Arabella...
Book Reviews: 23 October
OUT NOW RENISHAW HALL: The Story Of The Sitwells by Desmond Seward (Elliott & Thompson, £25; offer price, £21.50) Who has not heard of the Sitwells, that extraordinary literary triumvirate of Osbert, Sacheverell and Edith? Much has been written, by...
Who wants to be a godparent?
What are godparents for? The question is prompted by the recent royal christening of Princess Charlotte, where she was equipped with five of these items. Her brother, Prince George, has seven, but then he is heir to the throne. Technically, godparents...
Cats in Hats
It’s very easy for me to pinpoint where my love of cats and knitting came from: my admiration for my grandmother. She lived in a two-storey craftsmanstyle house in Nashville, Tennessee, with lots of cats and lots of yarn. We’d visit her regularly, and...
Book Reviews: 19 June
OUT NOW THE READERS OF BROKEN WHEEL RECOMMEND by Katarina Bivald (Chatto & Windus, £12.99; off er price, £11.69) When bookish Sara, who has never left her native Sweden, is invited to Broken Wheel, Iowa, by her literary pen pal Amy, she jumps at the...
What are you working on? Lord Of The Dance: Dangerous Games. One of the reasons I’m still dancing is to bring super talent through the door and let them shine. When are you at your happiest? When I have Sunday brunch with my wife and son. What is your...
Jane The Virgin
The telenovela is a peculiarly Latin American cultural phenomenon, as impassioned as flamenco and intoxicating as a margarita. Think of the traditional soap opera, but on steroids, the plot a conflation of the wildest twists, every scene beyond...
Book Reviews: 17 April
OUT NOW A CURIOUS FRIENDSHIP: The Story Of A Bluestocking And A Bright Young Thing by Anna Thomasson (Macmillan, £20; offer price, £17.50) The unlikely friendship between Edith Olivier and Rex Whistler is the subject of Thomasson’s hefty but engaging...
Forget Diamonds…hairdressers are a lady’s best friend
It all started with my mum. She used to cart me along to the local salon while she had her weekly ‘do’. The very smell of the place excited me. I would play with my building bricks as she flicked through the latest magazines (doubtless The Lady among...

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