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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The Royal Shakespeare Company. May 2014.

Dear Rowley, I have made it no great secret that I consider Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall  and Bring Up The Bodies are two of the finest novels ever written in the English language. It was sheer brilliance to take Henry VIII’s villainous Master … Continue reading

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The Regency. February 2014.

Dear Rowley, I’ve often said there’s a bit of gypsy in me: no comments please. But I had a serious premonition last week when the Duchess of Cambridge arrived alone at the National Portrait Gallery looking every inch a Princess … Continue reading

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Off With Her Head. July 2011.

Dear Rowley, The most extraordinary thing. I was tripping through Bloomsbury Square when I chanced upon a couple eating al-fresco on the grass – not dissimilar to Manet’ Dejuner sur l’herbe – wearing T-shirts bearing the legend ‘Very personal trainer’. … Continue reading

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