Diary

Putin’s Russia is a much greater threat than Muslim fanaticism

1 April 2017 9:00 am

Last week’s events in London raised a recurrent dilemma for journalists, including me. It is a huge story when a…

In defence of George Osborne, by the Evening Standard’s departing editor

25 March 2017 9:00 am

So I am feeling a bit better about my lack of radio experience. These are exciting times for free movement…

We promised better help for people with autism. Too little has changed

18 March 2017 9:00 am

In the NHS clinic where I work, adults who suspect they may have Asperger syndrome wait almost a year for…

The romance – and importance – of independent bookshops

11 March 2017 9:00 am

Oh dear. Usually writers who contribute to these diaries start with something like, ‘To Paris. To launch my novel at…

Prue Leith: My Bake Off ‘fake news’ moment

4 March 2017 9:00 am

A fortnight ago I got a taste of what being far too famous might feel like. A leak that I’m…

I love Brighton’s rail chaos: it’s the perfect excuse not to go to London

25 February 2017 9:00 am

More than 20 years ago, I left my fast life in London for a rather more relaxed one in Brighton…

Hippy Neil took over my life... even my mum thought I was veggie like him

18 February 2017 9:00 am

I’m boning up on conversational Spanish for a trip to the Primera Persona festival in Barcelona with Alexei Sayle. We’re…

Saint Anthony was right — my bank card was in the bathroom

11 February 2017 9:00 am

February Fill-Dyke. But north Norfolk is dry, at least in terms of rain. Instead we have coastal flooding. Three years…

Why don't the EU's pensioners in the Lords have to declare their interest?

4 February 2017 9:00 am

 ‘A Bill to confer power on the prime minister to notify, under Article 50(2)…’. When it comes to the House…

BT hung up on me for using the f-word. Why?

28 January 2017 9:00 am

Did you know that if you use the f-word while talking to a BT representative, they hang up on you?…

Donald Trump's quite right to be confused about the EU's presidents

21 January 2017 9:00 am

Donald Trump was gushing about one European leader in his Times interview this week. But it was the wrong one.…

Diary

14 January 2017 9:00 am

In December I was in a group of writers on a British Council visit to Moscow, where the UK was…

On a wintry clifftop, I stumble on one of the great sights of British nature

7 January 2017 9:00 am

On New Year’s Day I went for a swim off Broad Haven beach in Pembrokeshire. The water was 10.3ºC: pretty…

Joan Collins: Oh, the abuse I get for having a fake Christmas tree

31 December 2016 9:00 am

Every year, from mid-November to mid-January, dozens of DVDs drop through my letterbox. These are most of the movie releases…

Oh no! Do I have to save the world as well as writing books?

10 December 2016 9:00 am

Novelists can’t merely tell cracking tales. We’re supposed to save the world. At the University of Kent, a student implored…

The suddenly world-famous Nazi whose job I stole

3 December 2016 9:00 am

It is odd when someone you know becomes a world-famous Nazi. You may not recognise the name Richard Spencer, but…

America's capital has become a pit of despair

26 November 2016 9:00 am

 Washington DC Washington has been, for the past two weeks, indescribably depressed. When I walked into the deli down the…

The law of movies now applies to world politics: nobody knows anything

19 November 2016 9:00 am

Nobody knows anything. William Goldman’s famous first law of the movie business — that no one can say before the…

Joan Collins’s diary: From Dynasty to Trump

12 November 2016 9:00 am

Seeing Trump win reminds me of a season of Dynasty in which my character, Alexis, ran for governor of Colorado…

Astrologers, brawls and voodoo dolls: my time on the Trump trail

5 November 2016 9:00 am

Polite, well-heeled New Hampshire is the last place you’d expect to see a voodoo doll. But there it was, pointed…

‘Donald’s always been the outgoing one’: meeting the Trump parents

29 October 2016 9:00 am

I have never met Donald Trump, but I knew his parents. A fact that makes me feel about 100 years…

Why won’t the RSPB join my war on squirrels?

22 October 2016 9:00 am

The week began badly when I spotted three grey squirrels gathering beechnuts in our arboretum. During our time at our…

I marry my ‘toyboy’ and go climbing in high heels

15 October 2016 9:00 am

To Edinburgh to get married, but first my toyboy groom John Playfair (he’s a mere 69) shows me the city…

Chris Mullin’s diary: The air lobby always gets what it wants

8 October 2016 9:00 am

Any day now, the government will make its long delayed announcement on whether a third runway should be built at…

Trump’s bad debate performance won’t stop Americans voting for him

1 October 2016 9:00 am

Monday night’s US presidential debate should convince a majority of American voters that Hillary Clinton is their only credible choice…