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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Ch-Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes. August 2016.

Dear Rowley, Tell you a secret about London in the summer when it sizzles. As you know, Bloomsbury Towers is like┬áRear Window and I can happily report that all the urban foxes go naked in their apartments the minute the … Continue reading

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Sing Sing. November 2014.

Dear Rowley, Some people’s lives are guided by Buddhism, some by cock eyed optimism and others by Debrett. I have always been convinced that the answer to life’s most profound questions can be found in musical theatre. Broke?┬áNobody Knows You … 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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A Napoleonic Interlude. June 2014.

Dear Rowley, Having not been in Paris since the launch of The Perfect Gent at Ralph Lauren’s flagship on the Boulevard Saint Germain, it was something of a pleasure to return at the invitation of Chaumet to speak to their … Continue reading

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