I began my journalistic career writing up crib notes for Reggie Kray, who was writing a book from Broadmoor about slang, edited by the writer Francis Wyndham. When Reggie requested I visit him in Broadmoor, I hot-footed it to the Central Republic of the Congo. Writing about missionaries and West African art was suddenly far more appealing. Back in the UK nine months later, I cut off my African hair extensions (fake hair, not human) and wrote broader arts pieces before turning to features, celebrity interviews, property, wellbeing and luxury travel. You can find my pieces everywhere from The Telegraph, The Guardian, The Times, The Independent and the Daily Mail to the New Statesman, Catholic Herald, Marie Claire and Psychologies.
I've interviewed a range of actors, authors, public figures and celebrities, including Juliet Stevenson, Jonathan Franzen, Jung Chang, Elizabeth Jennings, Paula Rego, Julie Walters, Ralph Fiennes, Colin Firth, Kristen Scott Thomas, Rose Tremain, Kate Atkinson, David Grossman, Nicole Krauss, Kathryn Stockett, Jeffrey Archer, Alexander McCall Smith and Howard Jacobson.
Addiction, mental illness, bereavement, cancer, debt: there is no shortage of afflictions that can beset a human life. But how do you recover?
Now’s the time to hunker down in a cosy but luxurious room. From castles to a smuggler’s inn, here’s our pick of the best winter boltholes
How Sara Berman’s wardrobe became a loved exhibition piece, with lessons for us all in the joy of simple living
From yoga to surfing to pool therapy, Yorkshire to Sardinia to Poland, find yourself on an amazing retreat
A painful childhood can mean avoiding the past. But the act of remembering can be a force for good
Why asking whether your brain is male or female is the wrong question
These splendid hotels and cottages sit in some of the country’s finest gardens ands estates, offering relaxation and a riot of colour
Taxidermy, tartan walls and modern art give the revamped Fife Arms hotel, in Aberdeenshire, a shot of wild drama
I ran the Daily Telegraph Book Club and wrote a weekly column, The Daily Telegraph Book Group. The Book Club became a touring event, sponsored by National Book Tokens. I’ve reviewed debut fiction for The Daily Mail and I’ve been a member of three book groups, one for fifteen years. The latter was called The No 8 Group. Our choices were eclectic: high, low, never both and always fuelled by three-course meals in each other’s homes. I’d say The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown was a low, and Sebastian Barry’s Days Without End a high. It’s just about one of the most tender, poetic novels I have ever read.
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