Rivalry. October 2017.

Dear Rowley, The Anne Boleyn license to print money continues apace with Alison Weir’s ‘factional’ novel Anne Boleyn: A King’s Obsession available in all good bookshops. Weir is a historian and has tackled the Six Wives previously in a work of … Continue reading

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Victoria. September 2016.

Dear Rowley, Fascinated by the Poldark versus Victoria dust-up on telly at the moment. I never saw the first Poldark but have seen enough Romany gypsy types with their tops off in the flesh for a mini series to raise … Continue reading

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The Promenade des Anglais. July 2016.

Dear Rowley, A few years ago, I spent a couple of ill-advised weekends in Nice staying in a hotel on the Promenade des Anglais. The highlight of the trip was discovering the Plage Ruhl beach club on the P des … 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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Royal St James’s. June 2013.

Dear Rowley, Terribly sad to read of Sir Henry Cecil’s death. He was bar none the most elegantly dressed man at Royal Ascot. We’d often tip top hats when I was en route to eviscerate fascinators in the Royal Enclosure … Continue reading

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