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  • 2017 Man Booker Review: 4 3 2 1 13 Sep 17

    When my colleague and I were dividing up this year’s Man Booker long list for reading and reviewing purposes, I rather wondered whether I’d drawn the short straw with Paul Auster’s ‘4 3 2... Read More

  • 2017 Man Booker Review: Ministry of Utmost Happiness 13 Sep 17

    Twenty years after Arundhati Roy won the Booker Prize with her first novel, ‘The God of Small Things’, she’s back on the shortlist with only her second. In the intervening two decades she has... Read More

  • 2017 Man Booker Review: Reservoir 13 13 Sep 17

    ‘They gathered at the car park in the hour before dawn and waited to be told what to do. It was cold and there was little conversation. There were questions that weren't being asked. The missing... Read More

  • A Local Literary Extravaganza 8 Sep 17

    This year’s Chorleywood LitFest, which began at the beginning of September and continues well into October, offers a really packed programme of fabulous authors talking about their latest... Read More

  • The Land of Lakes and Volcanoes 8 Sep 17

    If you’re looking for a location that’s been prettied up to support and encourage tourists, then this one probably won’t appeal. The hotels, unused to Western visitors, are still working on... Read More

  • It's a Family Affair 8 Sep 17

    First and foremost, remember the golden rule – it is not your day. True, you may have dreamed about your child’s wedding since the day they were born but, ultimately, the final decision on... Read More

  • Post-Workout Polish 8 Sep 17

    Wearing makeup is a very personal thing, of course. Some women feel perfectly comfortable without any at all, while others wouldn’t leave the house without two layers of mascara and fully... Read More

  • Getting the Drift 8 Sep 17

    if you’ve spent the summer seeking out the sunshine, here or abroad, in search of a warm break with plenty of opportunities for relaxation (and why wouldn’t you?), then spare a thought for... Read More

  • Featured Restaurant: Meze Mangal 8 Sep 17

    The humble kebab may get a bad rap for being the go-to source of post-pub consumption, but this a grievous disservice to such a tasty dish. French food? Too many rich cream sauces… Italian? A little... Read More

  • Sugar and Spice and All Things Nice 8 Sep 17

    Being described as ‘pornography for the foodie classes’ may not be quite the accolade that every chef wants to hear, but award-winning restaurateur and food writer Yotam Ottolenghi takes it like a... Read More

  • Look At Life: Ballroom Dancing 8 Sep 17

    I’ve been a huge fan of Strictly Come Dancing ever since it launched and have been dying to take to the dancefloor myself for a number of years. It’s fair to say, though, that my husband has... Read More

  • 20 Years of Google 8 Sep 17

    1. Google is now a verb (with a small ‘g’): It’s been a byword for going online since 2006, when it was officially recognised by the Oxford English Dictionary. Merriam Webster defines it as... Read More

  • Set For lIfe? 8 Sep 17

    In some far-flung Utopia there are senior schools with a strong academic record, and a warm and caring yet disciplined ethos, within walking distance of every home; and if one’s not right for any... Read More

  • Happiness is Homemade 8 Sep 17

    Start the new term as you mean to go on, with these healthy, tasty recipes – as perfect for a working lunch at your desk as they are for a school lunchbox… Read More

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