Cate, a theatre set designer, has arrived in her early 40s with a career that’s still merely promising and a heart worn out from a long affair with a woman who is never going to leave her live-in-lover. She’s now intent on closing the chasm between who she is and who she wants to be, but when her lucky break comes, it coincides with violent calamity. Set in Chicago in 2016, Carol Anshaw’s fifth novel is an exquisitely observed story of passion and friendship, dogs and decor. Expect droll conversation, poetic frissons (from the darkness of backstage on an opening night we hear “the satin shiver of coats being shed” out front), and one of the most uncomfortable fine-dining dates you could wish to read about. … [Read more...] about In brief: The Crying Book; Right After the Weather; The Lost Properties of Love – reviews
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Veganism - or more specifically for those following a vegan diet this month, Veganuary - is a word increasingly used in the same breath as discussion of sport (much to the disquiet of the steak pie-eating, match-going fan), helped on its way by a fair few extremely prominent advocates. … [Read more...] about If sport is really going vegan, is it time to get rid of leather cricket balls?
Christmas 2014 was another compromise. William and Kate attended the traditional Christmas Day church service with the Queen and the Royal Family. They then returned to Anmer Hall to host the Middletons, a decision that raised eyebrows among some royal watchers. But William’s priority remains Kate and her family. Spending time with his warm and loving in-laws has given him a different template. … [Read more...] about Catherine the great healer: In a brilliantly observed new chapter of her book about Diana’s children, a top Royal author reveals how Kate has banished William’s ghosts
"In 2001, Bafta celebrated St David's Day with an entire day devoted to the Welsh screen," she says. "I started talking to the producer Peter Edwards, and we both found that we were interested in race crimes. I came up with an idea, which I showed him, but it wasn't very good. Then I started thinking of my little niece and nephew, who have a Welsh mother and were growing up in south Wales. I call them 'half of everything', and I wondered what their future would be. I was honoured to be invited to a Welsh writers' meeting soon after that. They said the same things I've heard in meetings with black writers, things about not being heard. The Welsh experience is also one that gives a lot of time to honouring the past, the present and the future. Pride through dignity and struggle. I could relate to that. And I liked their honesty. What I was seeing and learning were stories not uniquely Welsh. They were universal, and that allowed me to go ahead." … [Read more...] about From Grange Hill to the valleys
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge hold Prince George as they board a flight to Australia from Wellington on their 2014 visit. On Tuesday, it was revealed that the Morrison Government is in talks with Kensington Palace about details of a Royal Tour to bushfire-stricken areas … [Read more...] about Prince William and Kate Middleton share heartfelt message of support to Australians and hero firefighters who ‘put their lives on the line’ to save others – ahead of expected royal tour