Established 1885 • No 63991
features16avividtale of doomed love Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton – the explosive story of their romance, from Burton’s newly published diaries 20 ghosts of lost birds Ralph Steadman’s fabulous illustrations of extinct birds, from the Red-moustached Fruit Dove to the Blue Slut 26 a love letter to my asperger’s son Kathy Lette on how her son inspired her latest book 30 just what i always wanted! Lurex mittens, purple bubble bath – VG Lee’s take on everything we’re dreading for Christmas 32 courtly couture On the eve of a dazzling exhibition, an intimate look at how Hardy Amies and Norman Hartnell changed the world 36 born to be free Bear Grylls on how to grab life and live it to the full 38 making hotels like home Designer Kit Kemp can make corporate spaces look homely 46 my tuck box odyssey A nationwide quest to uncover the secret of our retro sweets 55 spa turns Wendy Gomersall turns the spotlight on spas in the UK 57 rising panic? If Christmas plans are sending you into meltdown, there’s help and harmony at a spa in Surrey regulars7theladyloves… A selection of our favourite things 9 the lady almanac 13 my battle of hastings and poem by sir patrick moore 14 letters, the lady and i, the lady on the wall and bedford cartoon 19 her indoors and horoscopes 24 the lady guide to modern manners 43 home help Hugh St Clair looks at the versatile ottoman 44 food: absolutely spamtastic It may not be fine dining, but cheap, cheerful Spam is 75 years old and is still on the menu 48 garden plotting with Sarah Langton-Lockton 51 dr james le fanu advises and Sof McVeigh dispenses 53 travel It’s not too late to book a Christmas break 58 reviews: books, radio, film, tv, theatre and art 74 puzzle from the past A Ladygram from our archive 77 crossword For solvers 78 the ladygram Your favourite puzzle 79 bridge For dealers 80 su doku and quick crossword 82 first impressions q&a: tim vincent special offers 28 subscribe to The Lady and receive a free chatsworth plum pudding 41 The Lady calendar and tea towel 42 win prizes every day in our advent competition 50 The Lady literary lunch 75 6-in-1 music centre; ladies’ epilator; freshwater pearl jewellery; ultrasonic jewellery cleaner 77 the monocled mutineer dvd set; windproof umbrellas 79 heated foot massager; cedarwood mothballs classifieds pages 64-73
4 May 2010
4 May 2010
30 November 2012
Cover stories in praise of icons: sir hardy amies, page 32; liz taylor by richard burton, page 16; the dodo by ralph steadman, page 20; tuck shops and spam, page 44. kathy lette, page 26; bonus ladygram, page 74; bear grylls, page 36; bad presents, page 30; spa breaks, pages 55 and 57.