Books
19 December 2005
A far more important social signifier than IQ these days is LQ - the number of lavatories you have in your house. Two...
Books
13 December 2004
Gerard Liger-Belair is a professor of champagne and a leader in the field of bubble study. While this may sound like a...
05 July 2004
An occupational hazard of being a novelist is fielding queries about how to get published. Now that writing is the new...
Books
10 May 2004
I went to New York for the first time last year. It wasn't what I expected. But I'm sure the problem wasn't New York;...
08 September 2003
New York City is somewhere I've never been, but I'm finally about to go. In a couple of weeks, I'll be hitting the Big...
Books
09 June 2003
The way some bookish types talk, you'd think chick lit was some sort of Japanese knotweed of the novel world, choking...
02 June 2003
Now our baby, Andrew, is old enough to be sat, life is beginning to return to normal. Last week, we went out to our...
TV and Radio
03 February 2003
A grey Derbyshire Monday dawns, drizzly and utterly magnificent. Magnificent because - let joy be unconfined! - I have...
UK Politics
25 November 2002
The Tories, Gawd bless'em, have always made better fiction than they have governments. Springing off the top of the...
Books
16 September 2002
As I was finishing the last chapters of Man and Wife, my spouse of nearly ten years went to the supermarket. When he...
01 July 2002
To the south of France to celebrate our birthdays and research (honest) the novel I'm currently working on, Azur Like...
Books
13 May 2002
Some years ago, a friend of my mother's - let's call her Annie - moved to the country and started looking for Mr Right...
Food and Drink
04 February 2002
I was always a huge fan of Joanna Trollope's Aga sagas, especially on telly. For my money, Lindsay Duncan's performance...
07 January 2002
My home town of Cleckheaton, West Yorkshire, has two main claims to fame. First, it is home to what is now the biggest...
Politics
17 December 2001
Sassy Jenks Next Big Thing She's hipper than a pelvic replacements factory and so hot she's smoking (40 Sweet Afton a...

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