Here are links to a selection of my pieces

Jonathan Franzen: The painful price of freedom
Jonathan Franzen’s latest novel, Freedom, has been hailed as a masterpiece. He talks about its painful origins – and his life as a ‘modern Tolstoy.’

Writing Britain: Wastelands to Wonderlands exhibition at the British Library
Landscape has shaped our greatest literature, as a new exhibition at the British Library explores.

The Good Book can’t be bettered
The philosopher AC Grayling has created a secular bible, but its guidance for a good life fails to convince.

The Royal Wedding the TV event of the 1980s.

IVF orphans who will always ask their mother: how could you…

Life could be like a box of chocolates
Mindfulness therapy fights stress and depression by teaching you how to ‘own’ the present.

‘Life is pared down to what really matters’
Rory MacLean’s new memoir records the precious months he spent caring for his terminally ill mother.

Stolen whisky, sandpit sex and the peril of being cool at school..

Queen’s Diamond Jubilee a barge perfumed by flowers.

Barack Obama should ignore Sarah Palin

Are these overseas school trips just pricey package holidays…

Battle of the Christmas supermums
When time is running out, buy in ready-made support to ensure a cracking Christmas Day.

Preparing for Christmas: laying a festive table.

Valerie Singleton – not daring, just dull.

The perils of playing Cupid: Why is matchmaking such a compulsive sport…

Lady Macbeth, Cordelia, Ophelia, Princess Diana..
Princess Diana’s Panorama interview was an Oscar-winning performance.


Kate Middleton: putting the regal into Reiss
Demand for the ‘Shola’ dress soared after the Duchess wore it to meet the Obamas.

The inspiration for Allegra Hicks’s ‘Genevieve’ jumpsuit? Er, me
When Allegra Hicks said she wanted to name a jumpsuit after me, I should have demurred gracefully, but…

H&M launches new eco collection
With the brand launching its new sustainable clothing range, has ethical fashion finally shaken off its ‘hippies only’ image?

Come on, Stella. You’ve had your fun. Now deliver the goods
Stella McCartney launches a collection for high-street chain H & M.


Belle Plagne skiing: the perfect break
You don’t have to take your family to a giant ski resort to get everything you need, says Genevieve Fox from atmospheric Belle Plagne.

Rome: Eternally grateful
The dizzying charms and beauty of Rome simply leave you hungry for more.

Mickey Takers: How can you enjoy Walt Disney World in Florida without exhausting your children and wearing yourself out?

Bless this mouse: The Suffolk church that invites animals to join in the service.

Chelsea Flower Show 2013: the story of the First Touch garden
The First Touch Garden at Chelsea is a reminder that babies, like plants, often have a difficult start in life.


To the rescue: Sarah Beeny’s home renovation advice.

Stately progress: the gardens of Holker Hall.

Celebrity squares – why some of our grandest properties are built around garden squares

The Shangri La Ranch that inspired Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton and Adele.
How a rock and roll lifestyle sells bricks and mortar.

Sexy kitchens? It’s a man’s world now
Kitchens have replaced fast cars as the new male status symbol.

Homes in search of a character
Your house is in the perfect location, but it’s as ugly as sin. Fear not. A growing number of people are turning to cosmetic surgery to rejuvenate their homes.

Home renovations: restoring heritage properties

And a few links to some interviews

I chaired a Q & A session at Waterstone’s Piccadilly with ‘The Crimson Petal and the White’ author Michel Faber, actress Romola Garai and screenplay writer Lucinda Coxon to tie in with the BBC adaption in April 2010:

Chair, National Book Tokens Literary Talk, interviewing Paul Murray, Linlithgow Book- shop, Scotland,August 2011:

Chair, National Book Tokens Literary Talk, interviewing Patrick McCabe, October 2011:

Chair, National Book Tokens Literary Talk, interviewing Ross Raisin, Nomad Books, London, December 2011; see here and here.
I launched Hilton Park’s Literary Weekends in Co. Monaghan, N Ire- land; see here (The Telegraph), here (The Telegraph) and here (Facebook).

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