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Emma Hamilton – Seduction and Celebrity

There’s something hugely beguiling about the Greenwich Maritime Museum’s exhibition on Emma Hamilton, Seduction and Celebrity – appropriately enough, as Emma herself seemed to inveigle her way into hearts and minds with ease. In a way, hers is the Cinderella story we all yearn for – a penniless servant, seduced by her master’s son, falls …

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Vanessa Bell

Popped over to see the new Vanessa Bell exhibition at the Dulwich Picture Gallery last weekend – don’t tell a soul but it was essential research for my new whodunnit – and was rather blown away by her work. I didn’t know much about her, except the obvious – Virginia Woolf’s sister, member of the …

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Table manners

We witnessed a curious scene at a cafe the other day. It’s a popular place, so the tables are squeezed in tight. The man next to us (and I mean right next to us – stretch out an elbow and I’d have jogged his cappuccino) was noshing away, while opposite him was an empty chair …

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Making a Show

I was excited to be asked to the private view of Tate Britain’s David Hockney show the other week. I used to have to cover these events for various newspapers and got very jaded about the crush, daaaahling! But, like the pangs of childbirth, I’d forgotten all that in my haste to see the show. …

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K9atwalk Show

Off we went on Friday to the K9atwalk fund raiser at the Polish Hearth Club in Exhibition Road, organised by my friend Magda Hunt. The Club was the perfect setting for the fashion show, featuring designer clothes – and very fancy dog collars too – auctioned off to support the charity IAPWA. Harrowing films presented …

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Death in Dulwich

  I’m very thrilled to say that I’ve found a really lovely home for my new book, a whodunnit – it’s being brought out later this year by Crooked Cat Books.¬†They’re a great independent publishers who specialise in crime fiction. Have a look at their website to see the sort of things they do. My …

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Last year’s model?

I didn’t know whether to applaud or sigh at a feature on Woman’s Hour about over-50s modelling. On one hand, it’s great that these women are getting work, on the other, it’s pretty tragic that their bodies are still their most lucrative assets – and I don’t mean ‘assets’ in a creepy Daily Mail way. …

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Jackie Oh

Went to see Jackie at the weekend. It’s a strange and impressive film. In a way, it’s making something out of not very much – JFK hadn’t had time to make much of a mark (apart from keeping the world up all night during the Bay of Pigs fiasco) and, though Jackie at one point …

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