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Sophie Conran’s 10th anniversary

16
Jun
2016

Sophie Conran lives in one of the most beautiful flats I’ve ever seen. The top three floors of a huge west London house, it has high ceilings, wonderful proportions and vast windows overlooking an elegant garden square. The most striking ...continued

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12
Jun
2016

Like everyone else I know, I’m deluged with emails, newsletters and press releases from dawn till dusk. But there’s one that arrives at around noon each day that I always look forward ...continued

08
Jun
2016

  Congratulations to Lisa McInerney, who has just won the 2016 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction with her first novel The Glorious Heresies. At an awards ceremony at the Royal Festival Hall ...continued

01
Jun
2016

The cacophony burst out of nowhere. Dozens of car horns hooted at full blast, a motorcyclist did an impressive wheelie in the middle of the street and wedding guests wound ...continued

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31
May
2016

Fern Britton makes the rest of us seem woefully inadequate. She’s one of the UK’s best-loved broadcasters, has completed a host of mega bike rides across Egypt, India and Cuba ...continued

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