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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Basket Case. January 2015.

Dear Rowley, I’m having a terrific time with Sofka Zinovieff’s book The Mad Boy, Lord Berners, My Grandmother and Me. She’s a super writer and has a talent for sketching pen portraits as economically as Don Bachardy. Some writers think it … Continue reading

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Happy New Year January 2011

Dearest Rowley, Another year! Sometimes I think I’m lucky to make it through the night never mind twelve months. As Kay Thompson would say, ‘happy everything darlings’. Do you remember the Arimstead Maupin Tales of the City books? Particularly the … Continue reading

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My Judy Garland Life December 2010

Dear Rowley, A couple of years ago, one of my former colleagues and columnists on the FT wrote a book called My Judy Garland Life. The fact that the lady in question was happily married, had sweet children and was … Continue reading

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