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Enid Blyton’s Famous Five books revisited

Published by Emma Lee-Potter in on Monday 21st April 2014

The Dorset seaside looks lovely this Easter, which probably helps to explain the endless queue of cars for the Sandbanks ferry and the hordes of cheery tourists everywhere. I’ve just discovered my new favourite walk, between Anvil Point Lighthouse and Dancing Ledge, and have walked it three times in three days, barely seeing a soul. So it seemed very apt when two brand new editions of Enid Blyton’s Famous Five ...keep reading

The royal tour of Australia and New Zealand

Published by Emma Lee-Potter in on Friday 18th April 2014

Hundreds of journalists are covering the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s tour of Australia and New Zealand right now – and I’m so glad I’m not one of them. As well as having to turn their hand to an awful lot of fashion writing (knowing their Alexander McQueen from their Roksanda Ilincic is key) this time round they’ve got to cover nine-month-old Prince George’s progress too. The images are great. ...keep reading

The worst waitress in the world

Published by Emma Lee-Potter in on Sunday 13th April 2014

Canford Cliffs was in the news this week – and not in a good way. The posh Poole enclave hit the headlines after locals complained of being kept awake by partygoers who hold stag and hen nights at multi-million pound houses in Canford Cliffs and Sandbanks, complete with booming music, copious vodka and naked butlers. I drive through Canford Cliffs several times a week on my way to London and ...keep reading

In tribute to Sue Townsend

Published by Emma Lee-Potter in on Friday 11th April 2014

Sue Townsend’s hilarious, insightful Adrian Mole stories are classics. Her razor-sharp wit and astute observations probably summed up the Eighties better than anyone else and there’s no doubt that her books will be read as avidly by future generations as they have been by ours. Like her legions of fans, I was saddened to hear the news of her death last night. I’m re-running this post from an interview she ...keep reading

My Dawlish reporting days

Published by Emma Lee-Potter in on Saturday 5th April 2014

The seaside town of Dawlish endured a terrible battering during this winter’s storms. So much so that the Victorian railway line running along the coast was left dangling above the waves, with no trains able to pass through for two months. But this week, thanks to a £35 million rescue mission and engineers working round the clock, the line was declared open again ­– by prime minister David Cameron no ...keep reading

Friday Book Review – A Chance to Sit Down

Published by Emma Lee-Potter in on Friday 4th April 2014

One of the best things about writing a blog is that you can bend the rules. They’re your own rules, after all. So even though my Friday Book Review usually focuses on newly published titles , this week I’ve decided to do something completely different and feature one of my favourite novels. Sadly – and I have no idea why – A Chance to Sit Down by Meredith Daneman is ...keep reading

Don’t forget Mother’s Day

Published by Emma Lee-Potter in on Saturday 29th March 2014

It’s Mother’s Day tomorrow and I hope that sons and daughters everywhere will be telling their mums how much they love them. My mother died a decade ago so I’ve decided to re-run one of my earliest blogs, explaining what the day feels to me now. Walking past the florist’s shop at this time of year makes me sad. They’re getting ready for Mother’s Day and the pavement outside is ...keep reading

Friday book review – Someone Else’s Skin

Published by Emma Lee-Potter in on Friday 28th March 2014

Much to my surprise, I’ve become a big fan of crime fiction. Considering that I’m an out and out coward and hate anything gory, I can’t quite believe that I count the likes of Nicci French, Sophie Hannah and Mark Billingham among my favourite authors. It all started when I started reviewing books for a national newspaper and found that I looked forward to the crime thrillers most of all. ...keep reading

In memory of Clarissa Dickson Wright

Published by Emma Lee-Potter in on Thursday 27th March 2014

After reading scores of tributes to the wonderful Clarissa Dickson Wright, who died last week, I was stunned to discover that my daughter and her friends had never heard of her. It seems like no time at all since former barrister Clarissa and her trusty sidekick Jennifer Paterson were entertaining us all with their brilliant Two Fat Ladies TV series. When I checked though, I discovered that 20 years have ...keep reading

Chewing Gum Dreams at the National

Published by Emma Lee-Potter in on Saturday 22nd March 2014

Michaela Coel. Remember that name because she’s heading for great things.  I was lucky enough to see her solo play Chewing Gum Dreams at London’s National Theatre last week and haven’t stopped talking about it since. Written and performed by Coel, the 45-minute show covers everything from friendship and school to sex, periods and emergency contraception – all seen through the eyes of a 14-year-old girl. Coel plays Tracey Gordon, ...keep reading

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