Anne of the Thousand Days. April 2018.

Dear Rowley, One of the most formative films I ever saw on the television as a child was Anne of the Thousand Days. The title refers to Anne Boleyn, second wife of King Henry VIII, who reigned for 1000 days before … Continue reading

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Rivalry. October 2017.

Dear Rowley, The Anne Boleyn license to print money continues apace with Alison Weir’s ‘factional’ novel Anne Boleyn: A King’s Obsession available in all good bookshops. Weir is a historian and has tackled the Six Wives previously in a work of … Continue reading

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Superstition. January 2017.

Dear Rowley, As a tribe, writers are suspicious. We all have rituals necessary to get from bower of bliss to desk; necessary as it happens when nobody is watching and one only has self-discipline and a January tax bill for … Continue reading

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Rear Window. October 2016.

Dear Rowley, Well, old Bantu Bottom has finally managed to thrust her bazookas into my consciousness. Good God I’ve tried to ignore the phenomenon known as the Kardashians. I have not kept up with a single episode of their reality … Continue reading

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Here’s Looking at You, Kid. September 2016.

Dear Rowley, As of Toronto, I have been very reluctant to go an awful lot further than the front door to Bloomsbury Towers. Yes, Mum and I had a terrific lunch at Wiltons (my London home-from-home) on gammon Thursday and … Continue reading

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