Bell, Book & Candle. February 2016.

Dear Rowley, The more I live, the more I simply don’t want to learn. On what level does it it benefit an author’s wellbeing to know that the best sellers right now are – drumroll please – adult colouring books. … Continue reading

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Rage Against the Machine. January 2015.

Dear Rowley, Do you recall seeing Fritz Lang’s Metropolis (1927)? Metropolis is a pioneering science fiction film set in 2026 that depicted a dystopian city where the masters lived at the top of Towers of Babel and the poor serviced the machines … Continue reading

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The Charmed Circle. September 2015.

Dear Rowley, Did I tell you that Henry Poole has acquired a new suite of rooms behind No 15 Savile Row to convert into a fit-for-purpose archive room? We’ve been slowly but surely re-binding the 120 plus customer ledgers dating … Continue reading

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Queen Lucia. February 2015.

Dear Rowley, Can you remember me saying I’d recorded a short interview in Covent Garden piazza with Tim Wonacott for a new BBC2 programme called The Great Antiques Map of Britain? I’m sure it was summer because it hosed it down … Continue reading

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Old Friends As We Are. December 2014.

Dear Rowley, Being something of a Luciaphile, I have on more than one occasion been asked what I thought about the BBC’s new three-part adaptation of E. F. Benson’s Mapp & Lucia novels. Like Noël Coward, W. H. Auden and Nancy … Continue reading

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