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.
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 is that January isn’t the best month to see it. ...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
One of the hardest things about having grown-up children is that you don’t get to see them as often as you’d like. So what could be nicer than a four-day ...continued
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