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Jilly Cooper at The Books That Built Me

I have adored Jilly Cooper almost since I can remember first reading grown-up books. I still have the very tattered copies of Emily, Harriet, Imogen, Octavia, Prudence, Bella and so on that I fell in love with when still a schoolgirl for the novels’ racy glamour and wonderful heroines for whom the bumpy course of true-love eventually runs smooth. 304 more words

Authors At The Books That Built Me

Friday letters - 1 April 2016

Dear J K Rowling, for the past few days, while reading “Harry Potter and the order of the phoenix”, Professor Umbridge has been reminding me of someone but I couldn’t quite think who it was. 266 more words


Chocolate for Men

Damian Allsop’s ‘water ganache’, dispensing with the traditional butter and cream.  The extraordinary exploding chocolates of Gorvett and Stone. The understated elegance of William Curley. Chubby cherubs gallivanting around Rococo’s fabled blue and white cornucopia. 885 more words


A Cranaching Evening

Yesterday we celebrated Burns Night 🔥.

This is what www.robertburns.org says about Burns Night:

Celebrated on, or about, the Bard’s birthday, January 25th, Burns 🔥 Suppers 🍴 range from stentoriously formal gatherings of esthetes and scholars 🎓to uproariously informal rave-ups of drunkards 🍷and louts 🍻. 388 more words