A Very British Scandal: is fascinated by class and its effects. Photograph: Nick Wall

“Here’s the thing,” says Sarah Phelps, talking about the duchess of Argyll. “The first time I heard of her, she was referred to as the Blowjob Duchess(...)

Noted writer and  cartoonist  James Thurber sits in a chair lighting a cigarette in New York, New York, 1954. Photograph: Fred Palumbo/Underwood Archives/Getty Images

James Thurber, who worked for the New Yorker, was an enormously popular comic writer and cartoonist, and this representative collection is one of his (...)

Gossip can sometimes  get a bad name but it binds workers together, helps them understand which behaviours are acceptable, warns them away from a duplicitous colleague.

Almost four months into homeworking and I’d like to say that I miss chance discussions with colleagues about the shape of the economic recovery (U, V (...)

Emma Mackey. Photograph: Joel Saget/AFP via Getty

Lockdown arrived at a busy time for The Sex education actor. She is about to be everywhere Some parts of the French film industry have, it seems(...)

Sheila Forsey is an honours graduate from Maynooth in creative writing. The Secret of Eveline House is published by Poolbeg Press

Tell us about your new work and how it came about – the story behind the story. My new book is a work of historical fiction and is called The Secret o(...)

Rupert Wyatt’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes

A few weeks ago (or was it decades?), when the current crisis slipped up eight jarring gears, articles such as this began telling readers that everyon(...)

McLaren is showing off its own new supercar and it’s the 765LT

Even without a show stage upon which to prance, there are plenty of show-pony cars being unveiled this week. From ultra-high performance supercars to (...)

Sarah Phelps’ latest Agatha Christie adaptation (BBC One, Sunday, 9pm) has something for everyone. Suspicious deaths, a coven of witches (headed by a (...)

Seishi Yokomizo

The Honjin Murders, the classic Japanese detective novel by Seishi Yokomizo, is the perfect read for this time of year. Short and compelling, it will (...)

Prince Andrew: “Well, if you’ll pardon the expression, that really is the n***** in the woodpile,” he is alleged to have said by former aide to David Cameron Rohan Silva in a meeting at Buckingham Palace in 2012. Photograph: Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP via Getty Images

Prince Andrew has been accused of using the N-word in a conversation with a senior political aide, adding to the royal’s woes after his BBC Newsnight (...)

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