The office is in holiday mode: the West Country beckons (and we are even closing for ten days from August 9-17): first of all Agatha Christie’s house, Greenway, in Devon, where we shall immerse ourselves in her books (three of them are set there) and have a real 1950s buckets and spades week. Then there is another literary jaunt to Trebetherick in Cornwall (which is where John Betjeman used to go) and where on Tuesday August 12th there is a Persephone Tea on the beach. We are not quite sure exactly which bit of the beach we shall be on, but one of us will wave a grey book aloft! It would be lovely to see anyone living or staying nearby.
Now here is a nanny who is infinitely more interesting than Mary Poppins – Vivian Maier.
Vida has again reported from the front line of women reviewers or rather non-reviewers –and things have not improved very much; the Daily Mail ran a delightful article by Mary Greene about the real-life Wilfred and Eileen;
Michael Morpurgo made some good recommendations for places to stay (one day, one day…); Groundbreakers – Great American Gardens and the Women who Designed Them is at the New York Botanical Gardens until September;
finally there was rather a fascinating article in the New Statesman about the Rebekah Brooks trial.
59 Lambs Conduit Street