Stylist columnist, Guardian writer, author of five books, generally slightly adrift. And hungry.

I'd never kissed a Tory - then I married one

telegraph.co.uk — There is a scene in the eighties sitcom Bread, about the Catholic, working class Liverpudlian family the Boswells, in which one of Nellie Boswell's sons plans to bring A Homosexual round for tea. "But Joey," she whispers urgently, "what do they eat?"

How to Die: Simon’s Choice review - a beautiful film about the complex issue of assisted dying

theguardian.com — 'I was extremely happy until my diagnosis," says Simon Binner, and the evidence is all around him - in holiday videos, in home videos of him with his friends and family in his lovely house and garden, and in the loving gaze of his wife, Debbie.
Feb 11, 2016

RT @Baddiel: This review, by @LucyMangan, of Simon's Choice, last night's film about assisted dying, is beautifully written theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2…

Feb 11, 2016

RT @Baddiel: This review, by @LucyMangan, of Simon's Choice, last night's film about assisted dying, is beautifully written theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2…

Feb 11, 2016

My @guardiang2 review of last night's astonishing BBC2 doc How to Die: Simon's Choice theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2…

Naff wordplay about Terry Wogan? I’m going in all puns blazing

theguardian.com — People have been objecting to the Daily Star's headline Top o' the Mourning to report the death of Terry Wogan, and rightly so. It is crass because it forces the reader's attention on the trick being performed instead of on the subject, which - when that is loss and bereavement - is inappropriate.

Bloody Queens review: Elizabeth and Mary are brilliantly brought to furious, embittered life

theguardian.com — I am beginning to wonder how anyone survived the Tudor age. Anyone who didn't die in childbirth, of plague, by executioner's axe or burning at the stake was surely simply crushed under the weight of history. But - hurrah!
Feb 02, 2016

Bloody Queens review: Elizabeth and Mary are brilliantly brought to furious, embittered life gu.com/p/4gapa/stw

Feb 02, 2016

My @guardiang2 review of last night's brilliant Bloody Queens doc, & The Rise of the Superstar Vloggers theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2…

TV review: Royal Upstairs Downstairs; Law & Order: UK

Pyjamas on the school run: 50% polyester, ​ 100% contemp​t​

theguardian.com — God knows, my own standards aren't high. I gave up a career in the law 10 years ago not so much because of my ineptitude and the grinding tedium of it all, but because I couldn't bear wearing a suit every day. Now I sit at home and type in whatever decrepit rags have first come to hand.
Jan 27, 2016

My piece for @guardiang2, in support of PUTTING SOME PROPER FRIGGING CLOTHES ON BEFORE YOU GO OUT theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/s…

Jan 27, 2016

Pyjamas on the school run: 50% polyester, ​ 100% contemp​t​ gu.com/p/4g79b/stw

Is that Camelot? I think I have the missing lottery ticket

telegraph.co.uk — Hundreds of people have contacted lottery boss Camelot since the announcement that there is an unclaimed second winning ticket out there entitling the holder to a record-breaking £33 million jackpot. We eavesdrop on one of the conversations... "Ah. Hello? Camelot? Camelot! Okay. Great. Gosh, you're popular, aren't you?

Let ‘em know you don’t give a damn - it’s very therapeutic

theguardian.com — On Wednesday I waited with the front door ajar, freezing wind whistling through the gap and chilling the hallway and me to the brick and bone, for the postman, who had just delivered a parcel into my hands, to be out of earshot before I closed the door, lest the sound of the latch clicking behind him make him feel rejected.

The Song of Lunch

theguardian.com — There are certain phrases that make the spirits of all but the most truly, thoroughly, devotedly highbrow television viewers (and I am not one of the eight left in the country) quail within them. They are "a dramatisation of a narrative poem", "to mark National Poetry Day" and "starring Alan Rickman and Emma Thompson".

Jericho review - The story’s the thing, and there’s plenty of that

theguardian.com — The weather has finally turned, thank God. Now we can push the thoughts of our collective impending doom as the planet boils dry and turns to a spinning ball of dust aside and get down to what January is really for - hunkering under a blanket in front of the telly with a bowl of thick soup and consuming dramas as hearty and satisfying as the food.
Jan 08, 2016

My @guardiang2 review of last night's Jericho and doc The Age of Loneliness theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2…

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Feb 11, 2016

@SimonCotton5 @guardiang2 Thank you very much. It was an amazing programme for sure x

Feb 11, 2016

We already have leftover gravy. Otherwise I would argue.

Feb 11, 2016

Child wants chicken, pasta and gravy for tea. I can't even be bothered to argue. Chicken, pasta and gravy it is.

Feb 11, 2016

Genuine LOLZ at @MarianKeyes' Making It Up As I Go Along. She is me and I is her and we're never going to make it out of this place alive


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