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John le Carré, the German master

In 1956, before he was a famous spy novelist, David Cornwell came to teach at Eton. Among his pupils was Ferdinand Mount

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February 2021

Hats off to Napoleon and Wellington

The Emperor and the Duke both wore bicornes – in different styles. Now their hats are united, thanks to Nancy Astor. By Justin Davies

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February 2021

Insanely happy

Alan Crawford has learnt to be content, despite suffering from dementia for three years

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February 2021

Wasn't he so loverly?

Wilfrid Hyde-White was as charming and mischievous in real life as in My Fair Lady, remembers Simon Williams, his friend and co-star

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February 2021

My hostess? A banjo-playing prostitute

Exotic Lady Meux brought glamour, several Whistler portraits, and a Christopher Wren masterpiece to Maureen Lipman’s favorite hotel

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February 2021

Arts

Arts

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February 2021

Fine and dandy

The dandy style, created by Beau Brummell, was perfected by Oscar Wilde and Edward VIII. By Shaun Cole and Miles Lambert

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February 2021

Dirk Bogarde's lucky second act

Roger Lewis celebrates the centenary of a sad, dark actor who matured into a happy writer

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February 2021

A happy Hunter once more

At 85, widowed Hunter Davies is writing new books and finding young love. By Valerie Grove

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February 2021

Gregory Gregory's Stately Pleasure Home

Harlaxton Manor has been home to a millionaire Victorian recluse, a face-cream tycoon and an American university

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February 2021

The Archers turns 70

Programme assistant Gill Powell taped Grange Farm’s turkey chicks, printed Phil Drabble’s Nature Notes – and made one awful mistake

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January 2021

What a swell party!

As coronavirus kills off Christmas parties, Charlotte Metcalf remembers friends who made the evening go with a swing

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January 2021

My gaudy nights

For 50 years, Oxford don Oswyn Murray welcomed back old pupils to his college – except for one in 10 Downing Street

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January 2021

Look back in candour

Lockdown led to a boom in autobiography. Frances Wilson gives you her tips on how to tell the story of your life

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January 2021

King of the Purbeck Stone Age

Treleven Haysom has been quarrying stone on the Isle of Purbeck for over 60 years – now he’s written the definitive book about it

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January 2021

Joe O'Biden's Irish home

County Mayo is adored by Hollywood, the US President-elect – and Dea Birkett

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January 2021

Guests from hell

When Tanya Gold moved to Cornwall, she invited lots of friends to stay – she won’t be asking them back for Christmas

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January 2021

Holy Hitch

Christopher Hitchens, the most famous atheist in the world, was a wonderful, generous godfather to Alice Cockerell

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January 2021

A very amateur performance

Nick Newman was thrilled to sign Burt Reynolds for his film. If only Burt had remembered his lines and hadn’t spent so much on wigs

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January 2021

I'm Dreaming Of A Dry Christmas

After decades in Drunkland, Mary Killen suddenly lost the taste for drink. She now sees the festive season in a whole new – clear – light

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January 2021

Travels with my daughter

When pop star Florence Welch was asked to an Irish literary festival, she took her father Nick Welch along – and he loved it

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December 2020

Tolstoy's last stop

At 82, the great writer left his wife. He wanted to get hundreds of miles away but only made it to a nearby station.

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December 2020

My birthday odyssey

As he turned 70, Nigel Summerley followed in Odysseus’s footsteps from Italy to Ithaca

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December 2020

Transport of delight

Fifty years after The Railway Children film, Kate Garner makes a pilgrimage to the Yorkshire steam railway where it was made

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December 2020

Magic mushrooms

The joys of mushroom-hunting, the earthiest, most primordial form of foraging, are lyrically evoked in Colin Thubron’s Among the Russians (1983).

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December 2020

Master of Anglo-Saxon attitudes

Eighty years after he died, aged only 32, Pont still nails the British character.

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December 2020

Guilty men

Thirty years ago, Margaret Thatcher was toppled by three Conservative big beasts. Her old friend Norman Tebbit names them

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December 2020

English queen of a French vineyard

Béatrice Viennet reigned over Sotheby’s and the family vines

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December 2020

Dear Perry, my gallant knight

Lucinda Lambton salutes her husband, Sir Peregrine Worsthorne, the Sunday Telegraph editor who died in October aged 96

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December 2020

Harvard's King of Comedy

Tom Lehrer went from satire genius to Ivy League maths professor. Now, at 92, the great man is giving away his archive.

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December 2020

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