Philip Hensher’s novel The Northern Clemency was shortlisted  for the Man Booker Prize in 2008. Photograph: Simon James/PA Wire

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Alan Bennett: mistaken for a Coronation Street star. Photograph: Marco Secchi/Getty

In 1982, when Nina Stibbe was 20, she moved from Leicestershire to London to take a job as nanny to two young boys. Her employer was Mary-Kay Wilmers,(...)

Lady Idina Wallace (1893-1955) was married five times and was immortalised as “The Bolter” by novelist Nancy Mitford

A major portrait by Irish artist Sir William Orpen sold for over €1.1 million at a Sotheby’s art auction in London yesterday.‘Portrait of Lady Idina W(...)

Lady Idina Wallace (1893-1955) was married five times and was immortalised as “The Bolter” by novelist Nancy Mitford.

One of the most significant paintings by Irish artist Sir William Orpen is to auctioned at Sotheby’s in London later today.A Portrait of Lady Idina Wa(...)

Detail from The Portrait of Lady Idina Wallace by Sir William Orpen

Sotheby’s has announced the sale of a “stunning” portrait by Irish artist Sir William Orpen on November 20th in London with a top estimate of £1.2m (€(...)

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