Princess Margaret

Scourge of puritans: Christian Dior with model Sylvie, c.1948

How an anarchist music student became one of the fashion greats: the life of Christian Dior

9 February 2019 9:00 am

How an anarchist music student became one of the fashion greats, with the help of a fortune-teller: Melanie McDonagh on the extraordinary life of Christian Dior

Books of the year

11 November 2017 9:00 am

A selection of the best and most overrated books of 2017, chosen by some of our regular reviewers

Netflix’s The Crown is so good I’m considering giving up on terrestrial TV altogether

12 November 2016 9:00 am

Nairobi. February 1952. Laughing children brandishing sticks are driving an indignant bustle of ostriches up a rudimentary 1950s-Africa semi-bush runway…

A world beyond Grafton ‘Merriecolour’ beckons...

Sex, rebellion, ambition, prejudice: the story of 1950s women has it all

14 March 2015 9:00 am

Although the young women of the 1950s hovered on the cusp of change, many did not know it. Valerie Gisborn…

As Luck Would Have It, by Derek Jacobi - review

28 September 2013 9:00 am

Alan Bennett once overheard an old lady say, ‘I think a knighthood was wasted on Derek Jacobi,’ and I know…