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features16HOWTOHAVE FUN… BY THE ROYALS From garden parties to national celebrations, their charming ‘common touch’ is winning hearts and minds 21 BARBARA TAYLOR BRADFORD: A WOMAN OF SUBSTANCE The Lady welcomes this favourite, bestselling novelist as its latest celebrity columnist. Stand by for good sense 22 SHELL SHOCK A touching tale of two tragically estranged tortoises… 25 SEEING RED How some people really do ‘see’ things differently 26 HOW TO SURVIVE AS A LADY MP Edwina Currie gives Louise Mensch a piece of her mind 30 10 WAYS TO WRITE A NOVEL Writer Alex Quick shares a few nifty tricks of the trade 34 NEW LOOK AT THE FRENCH HOUSE Hugh St Clair crosses the Channel in search of rustic inspiration 54 THE LADY IN WONDERLAND Lewis Carroll’s classic is 150 years old… a good excuse for a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party?

regulars7THELADYLOVES… A selection of our favourite things 9 THE LADY ALMANAC 12 HER INDOORS AND HOROSCOPES 13 MY BATTLE OF HASTINGS AND CAT ON MATT 14 LETTERS AND THE LADY & I 19 THE LADY GUIDE TO MODERN MANNERS 32 FASHION: HOME AND AWAY Transcontinental-inspired trends 39 HOME HELP Hugh St Clair shows how today’s French-style furniture and fabrics can transform and inspire 40 FOOD: SOUP SONG Happiness and heartiness in a bowl, served up by the WI 42 WINES OF THE WEEK Henry Jeffreys on rosé wines 43 ANTIQUES LETTERS 44 GARDEN PLOTTING with Sarah Langton-Lockton 47 TRAVEL: Jordan is packed with pleasant surprises 48 REVIEWS: BOOKS, RADIO, FILM, TV, THEATRE, ART AND MUSIC 56 DR jAMES LE FANU advises and Sof McVeigh dispenses 57 WHERE THERE’S A WILL Deciding now how you wish your estate to be handled can save a great deal of family distress 61 GOING NATURALLY How to plan for a green funeral 75 PUzzLES FROM THE PAST Crosswords from The Lady archive 77 CROSSWORD For solvers 78 BRIDGE For dealers 79 THE LADYGRAM Your favourite puzzle 80 QUICK CROSSWORD and SU DOKU 82 FIRST IMPRESSIONS Q&A: ALAN TITCHMARSH

special offers 28 Subscribe to The Lady and receive a FREE pack of notecards 72 to 74 Undiscovered Italy; Lake Como by train; Matterhorn; Bay of Naples; California; Europe river cruises; Venice; Lake Garda, Venice and Verona; Eurostar trips to Paris, Bruges or Normandy; undiscovered Provence 77 Maxi Vac handheld vacuum cleaner; Bolshoi Ballet DVD 78 Dordogne or Provence by train classifieds PAGES 62-71

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Cover stories u Why the Royals are so much fun. Page 16 u Barbara Taylor Bradford from the heart. Page 21 u When a tortoise’s tryst goes wrong: Page 22 u Edwina Currie on women in the House. Page 26 u Secrets to writing a successful novel. Page 30 u Win a stylish raincoat worth £250. Page 32 u Barry Norman takes you to the movies. Page 51 u Alan Titchmarsh on why he feels guilty… and other revelations. Page 82


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