In this issue of The Lady : Dear Readers, There are many things that can be said about
the Reading-born actress Kate Winslet, and the
most obvious one is her chameleon-like quality.
This month, she appears as a worldly-wise vixen
in search of revenge in The Dressmaker, and
then again as a considerably less glamorous assistant in the film
about the Apple guru, Steve Jobs. At 40 years old, her publicity
photos are rarely re-touched – she won’t agree to it.
As she tells us, her concern is less
about her looks and more about
becoming a success to overcome
the bullying she experienced during
In a more playful experiment
in altering our perceptions, Mallory Ortberg imagines what
life would have been like if Mr Rochester and Jane Eyre had
conducted their courtship via text messaging. Would their love
have survived? Certainly it might not have been quite as angstridden
as Julia Hartley-Brewer’s all-consuming love for her
guinea pigs. For those of us who like to keep our desires more
simple, our festive food special is literally packed with irresistible
goodies. Almond-and-prosecco sponge, anyone?
Until next time, best wishes
Sam Taylor, Editor
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