Hard Acts to Follow. February 2018.

Dear Rowley, Are you a fan of remakes? I have not yet seen it but hear Kenneth BRannagh’s Murder on the Orient Express is dry as dust compared to the original though the cinematography is spectacular. Why Hollywood tries to improve … Continue reading

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Rose’s Turn. November 2017.

Dear Rowley, Can you remember that scene in Gypsy when Mama Rose has been deserted by both her daughters, actress June and stripper Gypsy, and takes to an empty stage to sing the ultimate eleven o’clock number Rose’s Turn?  As … Continue reading

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Lady Sings The Blues. August 2017.

Dear Rowley, To the Wyndhams Theatre for Audra McDonald’s performance in Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill. For anyone who knows Broadway, Audra’s voice is one of those once in a generation lyric sopranos comparable to Barbra Streisand or Bernadette … Continue reading

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Coping Mechanisms. September 2016.

Dear Rowley, I was bitterly disappointed to see one of my favourite shops in Soho, the Vintage Magazine Company, close its doors due to greedy landlords pricing them out of the area. There is not one of my Thames & … Continue reading

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The Final Push. August 2012.

Dear Rowley, Glorious tintanabulations! I had a call from the lovely Adélia at Thames & Hudson (my publisher’s PA and so much more) to tell me the first advance copy of The Perfect Gentleman was hot off the presses and ready … Continue reading

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