Bobby Hillson. April 2018.

Dear Rowley, My career has been thanks in part to a cabal of strong women who mentored me throughout my life. In Junior School it was the immaculate Miss Dalton; she of the glossy cottage loaf hair, immaculate make-up and … Continue reading

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Heads Together. April 2017.

Dear Rowley, Do you think we’ve reached the tipping point with cookbooks? To quote Kath & Kim, we’ve had Nude Food, Crude Food and Rude Food. We’ve endured Helmsley sisters, Simply Allsopps, Deliciously Ellas and now (God forbid) the Midlife … Continue reading

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Detox. October 2015.

Dear Rowley, Well my dear, the party’s over, it’s all over my friend. So said Kenneth Williams in one of my favourite¬†Round the Horne sketches. It’s the way he tells them, I find. Needless to say, the Spencer Hart launch … Continue reading

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Basket Case. January 2015.

Dear Rowley, I’m having a terrific time with Sofka Zinovieff’s book¬†The Mad Boy, Lord Berners, My Grandmother and Me. She’s a super writer and has a talent for sketching pen portraits as economically as Don Bachardy. Some writers think it … Continue reading

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The Mirror Has Two Faces. August 2014.

Dear Rowley, Two contrasting Hollywood deaths this week gave great pause for sadness. What can one usefully add about the suicide of Robin Williams? I find it rather over-simplifying the matter to say manic depression gave Mr Williams his career … Continue reading

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