Guardian columnist, writes books, comes late to technology.

The Oxford Companion to Children’s Literature review - from Jonathan Swift to JK Rowling — Whenever I get hold of a book about children's literature the first thing I do is subject it to the Antonia Forest test. Is my favourite author - the most brilliant, subtle, intelligent and unjustly neglected writer of books it would be (mostly) accurate but unbearably reductive to call school stories for girls - in there?

Adore Delano Is My Spirit Animal — RuPaul's Drag Race is back - Sarah Morgan pays homage to her favourite queen Adore Delano (aka American Idol teen star Daniel Noriega) makes me want to be a better woman.

Louis Theroux: By Reason of Insanity review - it may have been his finest hour — Louis Theroux: By Reason of Insanity (Sunday, BBC2) concluded with an attempt to chart the almost infinitely subtle gradations between sanity and insanity, trying to pinpoint the moment when criminal actions shade into clinical symptoms. On these impossible judgments rest such things as competence to stand trial - meaning the difference between a punitive, finite prison term and a rehabilitative but potentially lifetime stay in hospital.

Coalition review - the bloodless freaks began to swell with life and humanity — The main problem I had with Saturday night's drama Coalition (Channel 4), the story of the formation of the government after the 2010 election, had nothing to do with the drama itself. The problem was that I don't believe in politicians as people.

Things We Won’t Say About Race That Are True review - an odd and welcome sense of being talked to as an adult — Trevor Phillips, the former chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, prominent Blairite supporter and a man referred to so often as an astute self-publicist I'm beginning to wonder if it's an official job title, has had an epiphany.

Dangerous liaisons — As most teenage girls in Britain will already know, Twilight - a tale of love between a young woman and a vampire - has now been made into a movie. It will no doubt be a huge hit. But what a shame it's not more like Buffy, writes Lucy Mangan

Wolf Hall review: an ending so great we forgot we knew it was coming — Six hours and a single sword swipe, and the king's Great Matter is finally resolved. Last night saw the end of Anne Boleyn, and the TV adaptation of Hilary Mantel's books Bring up the Bodies and Wolf Hall (BBC2).

Shakespeare’s Mother: The Secret Life of a Tudor Woman review: ‘another fascinating view of the Wolf Hall era’ — It's Wolf Hall's world now, and we just live in it. Which is excellent. I am all for this, especially if we maintain a gateway into a parallel universe where we can still access modern medicine, cleaning products and meals whose recipes don't begin "First catch your sheep's head".

Jacqueline Wilson interview: ‘People say my books are all sex and drugs, but I can’t remember any’ — There is a package on the table in front of Jacqueline Wilson that is almost bigger than the author herself. It is a bundle of the emails that have arrived since the last time she was here at her publisher's office - a fraction of the 200 or so letters a week sent in by fans around the world.

David Starkey’s Magna Carta review - he’s a far better history teacher than political pundit — What IS the verb for my relationship with David Starkey? I don't know him. I don't like him. I don't admire him (beyond the usual admiration I have for anyone who has mastered History-with-a-capital-H). I ... enjoy him. Yes, that's it. I enjoy him. He's a turn.
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Apr 16, 2015

Thanks all - we've been directed to an Asda. Will make it on fumes. .

Apr 16, 2015

Anyone know where nearest petrol station is coming up to N Circular A406? #doom

Apr 15, 2015

@LLMonts So? What IS The Big Lie about? *taps foot*

Apr 15, 2015

RT @StylistMagazine: 'Start walking, stop hating. Start questioning, stop fuelling Creme Egg addiction' @LucyMangan's holiday epiphany…

Apr 15, 2015

Just been out wearing red lipstick with Mum. "It's nice. It makes you look something different from what you are."

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