21st Century Blues. August 2017.

Dear Rowley, As the Wicked Witch croaked as she was melting, ‘What a world! What a world!’ I ask you, how did we get from the tattooed lady that Victorians would pay a shilling to gawp at in a circus … Continue reading

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The Final Push. August 2012.

Dear Rowley, Glorious tintanabulations! I had a call from the lovely Adélia at Thames & Hudson (my publisher’s PA and so much more) to tell me the first advance copy of The Perfect Gentleman was hot off the presses and ready … Continue reading

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Regent’s Perk. August 2012.

Dear Rowley, Every time I put the BBC Olympic coverage on the flatscreen at Bloomsbury Towers it appears that Britain has won another gold medal. I thought we must be up to about thirty by now. Then I realised the … Continue reading

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A Sartorial Snapper. May 2012.

Dear Rowley, So much news and such little ink flowing on my behalf this last week. Without doubt the highlight of the last seven days was the publication of Hilary Mantel’s Bring Up The Bodies: the second in her series … Continue reading

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I’ve Been To A Marvellous Party. December 2011.

Dear Rowley, As La Farmer would say, I feel like I’ve been shot out of a canon; rather in the spirit of Carol Channing in Thoroughly Modern Millie hollering ‘raspberries darling!’ . As the old boiler said to the taxi dancer, … Continue reading

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