The Write Stuff

Here’s what you should get your loved one for Christmas. 1. A nice fountain pen. 2. Philip Hensher’s The Missing…

Katharine Hepburn dressed as a boy in the movie Sylvia Scarlett, 1935

So Macho

In an interview last year, the actress Tilda Swinton remembered, as a child, seeing her mother and father (an Army…

Tony Mendez, who as a CIA agent led the operation that extracted six American diplomats from Iran, at home in Maryland earlier this year

Pinball wizardry and other adventures

I grew up poor and somewhat isolated in the searing desert heat of Nevada. Perhaps because of this early childhood…

Helena Bonham Carter as literature’s ultimate frustrated virgin in Mike Newell’s Great Expectations

A Parade of Pips

Film financiers justify putting money into adaptations of Charles Dickens because he is both ‘classic’ and ‘literary’ yet also (kill…

‘Blue Nude’, 1995

Hot Dots

Roy Lichtenstein, the man who brought the comic strip into the art gallery, is renowned as one of the definitive…

F for Fabulous

Jaguars must be good-lookers. Sir William Lyons, founder of the marque, had an eye for the sleek and svelte. It…

Sam Waley-Cohen, riding Long Run, wins the totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup Chase at Cheltenham racecourse on 18 March 2011

Amateur Hour

It would be easy to resent Sam Waley-Cohen. He is a rich boy from a well-known racing family who runs…

A very valuable wrist: Steve McQueen on the set of Le Mans wearing the Heuer Monaco

Track Times

It was a watchmaker called George Schaeren who first observed the intimacy between cars and watches. Way back in 1918,…

The Wish List

Photography by Dennis Pedersen1 Dew-drop earrings, £170, GEORG JENSEN;2 Chronomatic J12, from £10,500, CHANEL; 3 St Moritz Big Bang, £9,400,…

James Stewart in Rear Window, an apt symbol of screen obsession

Moving Pictures

In Hannah and Her Sisters, Woody Allen’s character relates how he hit rock bottom. He botches a suicide attempt and,…

American Ironist

They don’t get more Anglophile than the American playwright and screenwriter Jon Robin Baitz. His favourite writers are Harold Pinter,…

Lisa Hankow paints a giant map of Berlin in the city centre. The art installation is at the scale of 1:775, created to coincide with the 775th anniversary of Berlin, which the city will celebrate in October.

Painting the Town

How do you know if you are living in a city whose fortunes are on the rise? You might have…

The World in an Oyster

I nearly always wear pearls. When I was a little girl I had a picture of Louise Brooks on my…

Built to Last

Sycamore House in Clapham Old Town is home to Tim Gosling and the design business that bears his name. This…

Slice

I do not like pain on any occasion — even with pregnancy, I asked for morphine a week after I found…

No Baggage

I got my first serious piece of luggage in 1995. I’d just started working at the New York headquarters of…

The Wish List

TREASURE HUNT 01 Chronometro Gondolo rose gold watch with brown alligator strap, £26,100, PATEK PHILIPPE; 02 18ct gold fly fishing…

After Maggie

I first met Alexandra Roach at a Bafta dinner at Dean Street Townhouse thrown by Harvey Weinstein. As I recall,…

Stella Tennant, American Vogue, New York 2006

View from Peru

A couple of years ago I had an exhibition at the MALI Museo de Arte in Lima. On seeing the…

An Age in Autumn

There shouldn’t be anything left to say about Roger Federer. The superlatives ought to be exhausted, the eulogies weary, the…

Personality Please

Working for House & Garden, I meet interior designers on a regular basis and see new interior projects daily, either in…

A Stitch in Time

In a few days, I’ll have been married for six months — so we’ll drain a few bottles of red,…

Rebecca Hall

Rebecca Hall has walked into the room and — nope — my movie-star radar still hasn’t started beeping. I don’t…

Angelina Jolie with jeweller Robert Procop

Rock Stars

It started, not with a kiss, but with scent. Celebrities ‘created’ ‘perfumes’ aimed at their fan bases. The result being…

The Wish List

BEST OF BRITISH 01 Ministry chronograph in rose gold, £16,950, DENT; 02 ALT1-C, £3,945, BREMONT; 03 Limited-edition rose gold watch…