Guardian columnist, writes books, comes late to technology.

The Kennedys review - 70s-set sitcom stuffed with non sequiturs — I can confirm, after close consultation with the socio-culinary anthropologist I keep around the place for these purposes (AKA my dad), that lasagne came to our corner of south-east London in the mid-80s. The sheets of dried pasta ("Sheets! Of dried pasta!") were sourced from one of the two Italian delis in central London.

Jeremy Corbyn prefers mushroom curries to clouds - thank goodness — From the age of five until 10 I lay awake every night frozen in terror by the thought of the four-minute warning going off when I was at school, which I knew to be at least a five minute run away even on a day when your legs weren't paralysed by fear.

The Secret Rules of Modern Living; Charlie Hebdo: Three Days That Shook Paris review - computers can’t explain everything — Marcus du Sautoy is taking us through some of his favourite algorithms! Enthusiastically! I am all for this. If anyone is to take me through their favourite algorithms, it does indeed need to be enthusiastically. As Du Sautoy is an Oxford professor of mathematics spliced with a labrador puppy, he is the perfect man for the job.
Sep 25, 2015

My @guardianG2 review of last night's The Secret Rules of Modern Living, & Charlie Hebdo:Three Days That Shook Paris…

You’re never too old to read young adult fiction — The biblio number-crunchers at Nielsen have just released the news that 80% of YA (young adult) fiction is bought by the simply A. Of course, it's likely that some of this is being bought by adults for the young people in their lives (possibly after reading it themselves - who buys anyone a book they don't read first?), but that still leaves a huge number being consumed by those outside the intended demographic.
Sep 22, 2015

RT @GuardianBooks: You’re never too old to read young adult fiction

Sep 22, 2015

Books to make you read as though you were young again: @LucyMangan on why 80% of YA fiction is bought by grownups…

Sep 23, 2015

My surface-scratching love letter to YA lit in today's @guardiang2 Read everyone YA else too :)…

It's the World Cup for ogling — Baby-face: England fly-half Owen Farrell. Photo: Getty Images It's Rugby World Cup time again! Hooray! I'm such a fan of the game. What a proud history it has, born on the playing fields of Rugby school 200 years ago, when William Webb Ellis got tired of kicking the ball in his football match and had the much more sensible idea of picking it up and running with it.

All Change at Longleat review - there’s nothing like watching poshos feuding in their natural habitat — You can read about mad poshos all you want, and I do - Nancy Mitford novels, Evelyn Waugh, anything with Harold Nicolson - but there's nothing like seeing them in their natural habitat.
Sep 15, 2015

RT @RichardVine: All Change at Longleat review – there’s nothing like watching poshos feuding in their natural habitat @lucymangan

Sep 15, 2015

My @guardiang2 TV review of last night's All Change at Longleat and Countdown to Life documentaries…

Lucy Mangan: “Fashion’s Skinny, White, Able-Bodied Centre Cannot Hold” — When I was in my early teens I had an epiphany. I was standing in the middle of Topshop looking at the new season's range, hoping that this time it would be my turn - that this would be the batch that catered for short people. The non-leggy people.

Doctor Foster review - gripping portrait of a marriage slowly being poisoned — Marital sex! Good marital sex! A nearly teenage son who says "Good morning, Mum" when she arrives downstairs for breakfast and has school-trip forms signed in time and in his bag! A lovely house and two lovely cars!
Sep 10, 2015

RT @guardianTV: "Marital sex! Good marital sex! A nearly teenage son who says 'Good morning, Mum'” @LucyMangan's Doctor Foster review

Sep 10, 2015

My @guardiang2 TV review of last night's Doctor Foster drama & A Very British Map doc, with right link this time :)…

Piers Morgan’s Life Stories review - hello, Lionel Richie — Piers Morgan's Life Stories (ITV) are always a rush, and never more so than the new series opener with Lionel Richie. There's the hot flush of utter embarrassment at the beginning, when the compliments and flattery are ladled on to the subject - "Lionel writes with searing honesty in his songs!"
Sep 05, 2015

My Piers Morgan’s Life Stories review – hello, Lionel Richie - in today's @guardian…

Whatever happened to the battleaxes? — 'She's no better than she should be." "If we had some ham we could have ham and eggs, but we've no eggs." "Think on." These were the phrases I grew up on. They were delivered by zaftig grandmothers, aunts, female friends of aunts and grandmothers, neighbours, teachers and any other woman you came across who was old enough to have earned the right to non-sequitur you into submission.
Sep 02, 2015

New life goal inspired by this Lucy Mangan piece. Let's all aim to attain Battleaxe status…

Sep 03, 2015

Column in today's @guardian - what happened to the Great British Battleaxe…

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Oct 06, 2015

RT @KathViner: I'm interviewing chancellor @George_Osborne at 1pm ​today in Charter 2, Manchester Central - come along if you can

Oct 04, 2015

RT @amylouhard36: can everyone share this post. My duaghter Chloe Flanagan has been missing since Friday at 4 o'clock in the afternoon.

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