Stepping Out. February 2017.

Dear Rowley, I haven’t been in one of those ‘sky is blue, moon is new’ moods for such a long time. For both of us, winter in London is like salt on a slug, darling. Seasonal affective disorder isn’t even … Continue reading

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Meeting Miss Fisher. December 2016.

Dear Rowley, Whisper it but I am rather looking forward to Christmas 2016. This is usually the cue for Fate to send a memo to Nemesis: ‘Why not make him choke on a tuppence in a lit Christmas pudding, set … Continue reading

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The Story of the Sitwells. March 2016.

Dear Rowley, I have always made a policy of not writing about living relatives more than merely en passant. Having read Desmond Seward’s Renishaw Hall: The Story of the Sitwells while closeted in Derbyshire for the Easter weekend, I consider this … Continue reading

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The World of Interiors. October 2015.

Dear Rowley, Nothing like a fresh lick of paint to revive one’s interest in life. As I’ve bored you ad nauseam Jeffrey Bernard has been unwell for weeks now. Hopefully Dr B will work his magic tomorrow and I will be ready … Continue reading

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Diva Fever. October 2015.

Dear Rowley, A number of years ago, a writer called Suzy Boyt published a memoir called My Judy Garland Life. She and I were working for Weekend FT then: she as a columnist and I as a fashion correspondent. I recall … Continue reading

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