In this issue of The Lady : Dear Readers,
♦ Make: Breakfast Week runs from 24 to
30 January and we have some great recipes to
try out and some top tips for a healthy start to
the day (right).
♦ Win: An overnight stay for two at the
Crowne Plaza Gerrards Cross Hotel in
How old do you have to be to stop worrying
about being taken seriously? If you are Diana
Athill, the answer, it would appear, is very
old indeed. Her beautifully written memoir,
Alive, Alive Oh!, is a starry mix of candid
memories and vivid contemporary reflections on her 98 years
so far, and her piece this week gloriously evokes her thoughts
on the fashions that have shaped
her. Sadly, she is not also our cover
star, as she threatened to put a
curse on the magazine if we used an
impish, playful portrait of her taken
by the artful and award-winning
photographer, Rankin. It made her, she said, look too ‘devilish’.
So we give you the utterly glorious Sheila Hancock instead and
look forward to the day when Diana decides to retire from being
To help, there are always the 65 reasons to retire we have come
up with. You might have some other suggestions. Or you might
just want to relax, and bathe your eyes in the serenity of Monet’s
garden paintings. Whatever you choose, I hope you will also find
time to be ‘devilish’!
Until next week, best wishes
‘She threatened to put a
curse on the magazine if
we put her on the cover’
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