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Dressing to beat the heat

Published by Emma Lee-Potter in on Friday 3rd July 2015

Why is so impossible to look summery and stylish? For ten months of the year I get dressed in the morning with no trouble at all. When it comes to July and August I’m completely stumped. If it wasn’t for the fact that it’s been hotter in London than the Sahara this week I’d still be happily wearing my favourite black tights. Hardly anyone over the age of 40 gets ...keep reading

Game, set and match – who cares?

Published by Emma Lee-Potter in on Tuesday 30th June 2015

Am I the only person who isn’t watching Wimbledon? It may be the world’s greatest tennis tournament but I couldn’t care less about Andy Murray’s quest to win the men’s title again. The two-week championships were ruined for me when I covered them as an Evening Standard news reporter. Instead of watching matches that kept me on the edge of my seat I regularly spent Wimbledon fortnight chasing news stories. The sillier they ...keep reading

Parents should read to teens says Eton head

Published by Emma Lee-Potter in on Saturday 13th June 2015

I’ve worked as a freelance education journalist for years, interviewing heads and teachers, eating rather a lot of school dinners and writing about the inspiring work schools are doing. I got into it in the first place because I spent a year or so teaching at an FE college myself and quickly realised that it’s one of the hardest and most demanding jobs there is. Ten years later, having seen hundreds of teachers ...keep reading

Carers need more recognition

Published by Emma Lee-Potter in on Monday 8th June 2015

My lovely father-in-law died last month. He was 84, a man with a hugely successful career, a long and happy marriage and an unmatchable zest for life. Sadly for us, he lived the other end of the country, although my husband devotedly made the seven-hour journey from Dorset to the wilds of North Yorkshire to see him every fortnight. My father-in-law suffered a stroke seven years ago but was determined ...keep reading

Ottolenghi arrives in Spitalfields

Published by Emma Lee-Potter in on Saturday 6th June 2015

Virtually everyone I know has an Ottolenghi book or two in their kitchen. My favourite is the first – the eponymous Ottolenghi: The Cookbook, a gorgeous tome with recipes that are surprisingly straightforward and page after page of stunning images. A new Ottolenghi deli has just opened in Spitalfields and I popped in last week, planning to buy some treats. But when I spotted an empty table in the corner ...keep reading

Blood on Snow by Jo Nesbo

Published by Emma Lee-Potter in on Friday 15th May 2015

The best way of getting through an interminably long car journey is by downloading a gripping audiobook. The Mumsnet Bloggers Network has just sent me a copy of Blood on Snow by Jo Nesbo and it kept me glued to my driving seat all the way up the M1 and into North Yorkshire. It’s exciting, pacy and compelling – just as you’d expect from a writer who’s been dubbed the king ...keep reading

Paula Hawkins and Renee Knight at ChipLitFest

Published by Emma Lee-Potter in on Friday 8th May 2015

This year’s ChipLitFest was a triumph from start to finish – a satisfying mix of world famous writers who’ve sold millions of books (yes, I’m talking about Lee Child and Mark Billingham) and debut novelists at the start of their careers. Two new writers I was keen to learn more about were Paula Hawkins and Renee Knight, who along with Jason Hewitt appeared at an event called New Voices. Paula Hawkins ...keep reading

Memories of my mum

Published by Emma Lee-Potter in on Thursday 7th May 2015

I’ve been thinking about my mum a lot this week. She would have been 80 on May 2 and ten years after her death I still miss her more than I can say. She was glamorous, fun, a brilliant journalist and the wisest person I’ve ever known. As many of her devoted Daily Mail readers said after she died in 2004, she had the rare gift of summing up exactly ...keep reading

Peter Pan comes to town

Published by Emma Lee-Potter in on Thursday 30th April 2015

It’s not every day that you walk to the newsagent’s for a paper and bump into a group of swashbuckling pirates in the car park, their faces caked in make-up and sporting frock coats and breeches. The quiet seaside town of Swanage hasn’t seen anything like it in ages. A film crew has swept into town, with an army of trucks, loads of security men brandishing walkie-talkies and stars like ...keep reading

Julie Cohen on the art of the rewrite

Published by Emma Lee-Potter in on Tuesday 28th April 2015

Julie Cohen is a one-woman dynamo. She’s not only had 20 books published, both under her own name and pseudonyms, but they’ve sold nearly a million copies and been translated into 15 languages. Dear Thing, her 2014 novel, was a Richard and Judy Book Club choice and her latest, Where Love Lies, is now out in paperback. With a track record like that, Julie clearly knows what she’s talking about so I ...keep reading

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