The diary of a journalist and novelist. I write about books, films, family, London and living by the seaside. Don't miss my new Cool Guide to Dorset posts too.
Buying a tumbledown farmhouse in the south of France is probably the most impulsive thing I’ve ever done and even though I sold it two years ago it continues to hold a place in my heart. Every time I think ...continued
The Times critic Kate Muir has described Manchester by the Sea as “the most emotionally intelligent film you will see this year” – and she’s probably right. The main problem ...continued
After the excitement of December 25 – parties, presents, carols, turkey, twinkling lights and all – the days between Christmas and New Year can be a bit of an anti-climax. ...continued
Christmas is almost here and thank goodness for that. After a tempestuous year the festive season has arrived in true 2016 style – heralded by wild storms and lashing rain. ...continued
What a brilliant way to start the festive season. Lunch at Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese in Fleet Street with some of my best pals from the old Evening Standard days, ...continued
Getting a job in the arts is easier than you think
Get on the Big Four’s fast track
Teenagers visit First World War battlefields
Why don’t teenagers wear winter coats?
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