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Friday column: From Harry Potter to Claire Foy

16
Nov
2018

It felt strange to be sitting in a café overlooking Edinburgh Castle as this week’s Brexit dramas unfolded in London. During my reporting years I would have been in the thick of it, notebook in hand, waiting for the key ...continued

07
Nov
2018

I’ve been an admirer of Cecelia Ahern for years. She wrote her first novel, the bestselling PS, I Love You, at the tender age of 21, and in the intervening ...continued

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26
Oct
2018

“Have you ever stayed at a Hoxton before?” asked the charming hotel receptionist. “I’ve stayed at all of them,” I said proudly, sounding like a middle-aged Hoxton groupie. We’d just ...continued

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13
Oct
2018

I’ve known Jane Wenham-Jones for years. A real life-enhancer, usually sporting rainbow-coloured hair, Jane writes novels, short stories and columns, interviews authors at literary events and often pops up on ...continued

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05
Oct
2018

The first time I went to the Lake District with my husband I arrived in plimsolls and insisted they were fine for walking. I was stunned when he pointed at ...continued

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