The horror of love: Nancy Mitford’s first fiancé was gay; her husband, Peter Rodd, was feckless, spendthrift and unsympathetic, and…
Elaine Sciolino was advised to find herself a French lover for research purposes; as far as it’s possible to tell, she didn’t, but this may be the only stone left unturned in this extraordinarily thorough study of French seduction.
It’s nice to know that the trees lining the roads in Paris have microchips embedded in their trunks, that the city council is controlling the pigeon population by shaking the eggs to make them infertile and that the Café Voisin served elephant consommé during the 1870 siege.
Fay Weldon’s new book is told by Frances, Weldon’s imaginary sister — one she would have had if her mother had not had a miscarriage a few years after Weldon was born.
A World According to Women: An End to Thinking, by Jane McLoughlin
The Noughtie Girl’s Guide to Feminism, by Ellie Levenson
This is How, by M. J. Hoyland
Molly Guinness reviews Wendy Perriam’s latest collection of short stories
Molly Guinness on Allan Mallinson’s latest novel
Remember Me . . . is the story of a ten-year love affair, which begins in the early 1960s when Joe, an undergraduate polymath from the north, persuades Natasha, French, artistic, mysterious and slightly older than him, to trust him and finally to fall in love with him.
Molly Guinness reviews Charlotte Moore's new book
Giles Wareing, a freelance journalist, is days away from his 40th birthday...