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The Lady Guide to Modern Manners: Somme Special
First World War Archive Exactly 100 years since the first day of the Battle of the Somme (1 July 1916), and thinking about the First World War, I have decided to delve once again into the archive of The Lady: what impact did the war have on manners and...
Whatever its style – restrained and monochromatic, vivid and exuberant, or eclectic and surprising – a successful interior is cohesive. It demands discipline, editing, and a clear and consistent point of view. A home is no more a conglomeration of...
Demystify the Art & Antiques world
The Art & Antiques world can certainly seem mysterious to those outside it. Many people's knowledge is based on rare viewings of daytime TV programmes whose primary objective is to provide drama not information. But it is a wonderful world to enter and...
The Lady Guide to Modern Manners: 17 June
Dear Thomas, My daughter and I would like your opinion on a discussion we had. When two of my daughters married they kept their maiden names. Our discussion was about the title by which they should be addressed. I said it should reflect their married...
Book Review: 3 June
OUT NOW The Mandibles: A Family, 2029-2047 by Lionel Shriver (The Borough Press, £16.99; offer price, £14.99 Shriver’s ambitious, scary new novel is set in America in the near future – a future in which the once-mighty US is facing financial meltdown,...
Going back to retro
The first shoots of early modernism emerged nearly 100 years ago and still flourish today, with many of those early designs looking as fresh and interesting as when they were first produced. But modern retro is not just about 20th-century design – it...
Q&A: Sophie Layton
When did you first do anything find you had artisit flare? I first started drawing as a toddler, before I could talk, but my parents have always told me that I appeared to have an understanding of colour from a very young age. But in terms of doing...
File this one under ‘U’ for Unclassifiable. It’s the musical tale of a beauty pageant in a failing Las Vegas hotel set against the backdrop of A-bomb tests in the Nevada desert. At its heart, there’s also a rather sweet love story about a simple...
Book reviews: 11 March
OUT NOW AT THE EXISTENTIALIST CAFÉ: Freedom, Being And Apricot Cocktails by Sarah Bakewell (Chatto & Windus, £16.99; offer price, £14.99) Like modern-day hipsters, the 1930s French existentialists had a weird glamour all of their own: Instead of beards...
Book Reviews: 26 February
OUT NOW The bLack notebook by Patrick Modiano, translated by Mark Polizzotti (MacLehose Press, £14.99; offer price, £12.99) French novelist Modiano has won just about every big award, from the Prix Goncourt to the 2014 Nobel Prize for Literature – but...
What are you working on at the moment? I’m rehearsing for The Father. We’re going to be in the West End and then on a seven-city tour. When were you at your happiest? There’s the intense happiness of being at the birth of two daughters and each of them...
Georgian Panelling
Even though King George IV died in 1830, in purely aesthetic terms, the ‘Georgian period’ still covers anything that was made up until 1837, so Rock House just sneaks in at 1835. Which does make me love it that little bit more, but also means the added...
Guys and Dolls
You wouldn’t have to be a betting man to wager that Guys And Dolls, set in New York’s demimonde of gambling and goodtime girls in the Prohibition era, would feature in most people’s top five greatest musicals of all time. So this new production, a...
Olde World Paint
All paint used before the early 1960s appeared thicker, smelt stronger and had a lethal element to it – a heady mix provided by the white lead used as pigment and eventually banned in 1992. Its brighter cousin, coloured lead, or lead chromate as it was...
Dawn French: Thirty Million Minutes
Dawn French has called her fearlessly frank, feisty, delicious – sometimes devastating – solo show Thirty Million Minutes partly because, give or take a few thousand, that’s how many make up her 58 years, but also because ‘every little minute that we...
Hurrah for Beanstalk
Can you imagine not being able to read? What can life be like for those who struggle on a daily basis to decipher words and letters? It is both an astonishing and also a desperately sad fact that every year some 63,000 children across England leave...
The Secret History of the British Garden
An Englishman’s home may be his castle, but it’s when he steps outside into the plot of grass and flowers he calls his own that you’ll find the essence of the nation’s soul. The Secret History Of The British Garden (Sunday, BBC Two, 9pm) traces the...
Book Reviews: 30 October
OUT NOW Natural Histories: 25 Extraordinary Species That Have Changed Our World by Brett Westwood and Stephen Moss (John Murray, £25; offer price, £22.50) Accompanying the popular BBC Radio 4 series presented by Brett Westwood and Stephen Moss, Natural...
Top Places to See On a Cruise
Many of the world's most spectacular panoramas are hidden from normal view, only accessible to the world's more adventurous travellers. So, in a bid to share some of the world's best kept secrets, Royal Caribbean has worked with its Captains to uncover...
When you first read the script for The Intern, did you feel that you understood Jules Ostin immediately or did you have any notes on the character for [writer/director/producer] Nancy Meyers? There's almost no point in giving notes to her because I...

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