In this issue of The Lady : Dear Readers,
Ever since she graced our screens as Purdey
in The New Avengers and convinced a
generation of women to adopt a strange
pudding-basin haircut (yes, me too), or agreed to
resurrect Patsy Stone for the much anticipated
Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie and caused a rush on sales of
‘Bolly’ champagne, Joanna Lumley has been influencing our
lives. Her unwavering campaigning for the Gurkhas has been
literally life-changing and she has
always quietly supported charities
including the National Churches
Trust. In January work starts on her
project for a garden bridge over the
Thames, which she hopes we will see
as a thing of living beauty and not an irritant.
Emma Tennant’s exquisite watercolour paintings champion
flora in a different way, with her painstaking research revealing
the rich back-stories of 19th- and 20th-century plant-hunters and
flowers that are now very much part of our landscape.
For the Round family, their pet dog Ruby was very much part
of their landscape, so when she went missing six years ago they
were understandably distraught, but they never gave up hope
and, miraculously, a few weeks ago, she was found. Their story is
heart-warming and heart-rending in equal measure, rather like
many of the books offered in our six-page Christmas book gift
guide. Are you sitting comfortably
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