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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Reversal of Fortune. April 2016.

Dear Rowley, As political scandals go, weren’t you distinctly underwhelmed by the revelation that the Prime Minister had benefitted from his late father’s off-shore investments? Quite frankly I’d have been more surprised if he hand’t. Though all perfectly legal, there … 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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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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Fashion. January 2015.

Dear Rowley, Awoke this morning with a fatal sense of optimism and well-being. I say fatal because the moment you pre-ordain a day lucky is the moment Dame Nemesis casts a spiteful glance towards Bloomsbury and, before you know it, … Continue reading

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