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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Chase the Lady. March 2015.

Dear Rowley, What with the helmeted swarm of Lycra and rage otherwise known as cyclists and the droids in headphones marching towards Holborn tube, London’s streets at rush hour are turning into The Hunger Games. I’m black and blue having been … Continue reading

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Fashion. January 2015.

Dear Rowley, Awoke this morning with a fatal sense of optimism and well-being. I say fatal because the moment you pre-ordain a day lucky is the moment Dame Nemesis casts a spiteful glance towards Bloomsbury and, before you know it, … Continue reading

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Fall from Grace. June 2014.

Dear Rowley, London delivers so much more than it promises. I was handing La Farmer into her landau after a BFI screening of Grace of Monaco outside the Aldwych theatre where Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies is playing and bumped smack bang into … Continue reading

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The Royal Shakespeare Company. May 2014.

Dear Rowley, I have made it no great secret that I consider Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall  and Bring Up The Bodies are two of the finest novels ever written in the English language. It was sheer brilliance to take Henry VIII’s villainous Master … Continue reading

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