Happy Valley. May 2016.

Dear Rowley, While immersed in the 1920s Henry Poole ledgers, I chanced upon an order from Sir Jock Delves-Broughton, he of the still-unsolved Happy Valley murder in Kenya in 1941. You’ll recall cash-strapped Jock married young beauty, Diana, and took … Continue reading

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Immigration. September 2015.

Dear Rowley, I’ve said it before and will do again please don’t go on about politics. If you must go into them. As a Twitter devotee, I notice how much anger is directed towards the ruling classes. And yet it … Continue reading

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The Abbey Habit. September 2014.

Dear Rowley, To a charity screening of the first episode of Downton Abbey season five at the Empire Leicester Square this evening at the invitation of Huntsman. Lord Fellowes is expected as are various members of the cast. The confidentiality agreement … Continue reading

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A Room With A View. July 2014.

Dear Rowley, Writing, I find, can be the most exhilarating and frustrating of professions. I was fascinated to read a feature by the delightfully named Maria Popover recently about writers’ working habits and habitats; the superstitions and rituals that help … Continue reading

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Carry On Nurse. April 2014.

Dear Rowley, What can one usefully add about Peaches Geldof’s untimely death aged twenty-five a generation after her poor mother Paula Yates took an accidental overdose of Heroin? Perhaps a contrast with the death of MGM singing, dancing, clowning and … Continue reading

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