A golden wedding anniversary celebration ends in shocked disbelief when a young woman gatecrashes the party and reveals a devastating secret… Lucy Diamond, the go-to author for domestic dramas that inspire, uplift and entertain, hits the spot perfectly in this warm, compelling and acutely perceptive take on the complicated bonds of family and the way the past has a habit of tripping you up when you least expect it.The shining star of clever, contemporary novels like The Secrets of Happiness, The House of New Beginnings and The Year of Taking Chances, Diamond excels at painting family life in all its endearing and complex reality, so get ready to cry, smile, and laugh out loud as we share the crises of a group of very different women.When 34-year-old Frankie Carlyle finds an unopened letter from her late mother, she is delighted to have one last message from her… until she reads the contents and discovers the truth about her birth and the father she never knew … [Read more...] about Something to Tell You by Lucy Diamond
Dad poems from daughter that make you cry
0 Have your say After a decade, Jade Anouka is finally making her living through acting alone, with breakthrough roles on stage, TV and film, including new drama Cleaning Up. Numbers, numbers, numbers, I’m not a numbers person,” says the actor and poet Jade Anouka and laughs. “It’s funny because everyone else in my family is about numbers – my mum’s a maths teacher, and my dad was a financial adviser. They’re all numbers, my lot. I’m a complete anomaly. I’m a words person.”Shakespeare, poetry, Ted Talks, and over the phone too she’s a wizard wordsmith, but ask her about insider trading, stocks and shares and hedge funds and she’s stymied. No matter because what she CAN do is act, and it all adds up in her latest role in ITV’s Cleaning Up, in which she stars opposite Sheridan Smith as a pair of down-on-their-luck cleaners who find an ingenious, if illegal, way of playing the system. The … [Read more...] about Interview: Rising star Jade Anouka on her new TV drama ‘Cleaning Up’
Nostalgia PUBLISHED: 19:00 28 December 2018 Steve Russell Colchester has changed hugely since Joe Neal's childhood in the late 1940s and during the 1950s. This view is from 2010. 'I remember Colchester as it was before all those one-way systems and when everyone seemed to know each other when walking down the street, with Jumbo visible from all directions,' he says Picture: NICK STRUGNELL Writer Joe Neal on the lost treasures of Colchester, saving newts from the bulldozers and why ‘if you don’t love enough, you’ll always regret it’. Oh - and why Brexit’s crucial Joe Neal in his garden in Ireland. 'I had many friends in Colchester and played for Colchester Rugby Club. I still return from time to time and attend the Endsleighans reunions each year' Picture: JOE NEAL“Six things I most remember about Colchester? The good old North-East Essex accent, which seems to have been replaced by one from Romford and East … [Read more...] about Colchester today? Where does everybody park!
The style is off the scale, courtesy of, among others, Celia Holman Lee, Deirdre O'Kane, Dr Ciara Kelly, Valerie Roe, Stefanie Preissner, Mary Mitchell O'Connor, Theresa Lowe, Maria Walsh, the two Hollys - Carpenter and White - and Camille O'Sullivan. The latter Cork chanteuse extraordinaire is wearing an eye-popping blue jumpsuit that she made herself. The DIY ensemble divided opinion between her mother (Marie-Rose, a French artist from Bordeaux) and her movie star other half (Aidan Gillen.) "I made it for my recent UK & Irish tour after being inspired by seeing the costumes worn by the character Freddie Mercury in the film Bohemian Rhapsody," explains Camille, equal parts Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, Ophelia and Lady Macbeth, Garbo, Hattie Jacques and Patti Smith. "I went into Hickey's and bought a simplicity pattern. The woman asked: 'Is it for Halloween?' I was like, 'Errr…!!!' "Mum couldn't see it properly without her glasses, and was worried it would be too stagey but … [Read more...] about Champagne Supernova…inside Barry Egan’s star-studded Dublin Christmas Party
THIS Morning viewers were reduced to tears after hearing a boy's poem for the bullies who told him "being ginger is worse than cancer". Alfie Coleiro, 12, from Eastbourne, East Sussex, was bombarded with vile messages on Instagram, Playstation and his mobile phone. Some told him to kill himself and that his mother should have never had him because of his red hair. Others tried to attack his friends, in a bid to frighten young Alfie. But brave youngster hit back at the bullies in his poem, questioning if they had "anything better to do" as bullying isn't "nice or cool". After he recited the poem on This Morning, dozens praised his bravery on Twitter, with Hollie Webb writing: "This little boy has had me in tears, so brave and so strong! Don't let the bullies win!!" Another wrote: "So heartbreaking this kid is being bullied all because he's ginger! He's adorable!! "Nothing wrong with him." Sarah Martin thanked him for discussing his experience, because she has experienecd it herself. She … [Read more...] about This Morning viewers reduced to tears by boy, 12, who penned poem to bullies who told him ‘being ginger is worse than cancer’