• The Time of our Lives
    Jane Costello’s Perfect Christmas Morning
    by Jane Costello
    2014/12/19  |  Features  |  

    I’ve always been a Christmas fanatic, something I inherited from my parents. When I was little, the festive season was never a particularly sophisticated affair like in the magazines, where houses are decorated with tasteful Nordic touches and an abundance of twigs and orange peel.  In our house it was …

  • A Week in Paris
    Rachel Hore’s Perfect Christmas Morning
    by Rachel Hore
    2014/12/17  |  Features  |  

    I’ve always preferred the quiet preparations of Christmas Eve to the rugby scrum of Christmas Day. Baking mince pies, listening to the King’s College Chapel Choir warble their best on Radio 4, placing a lit candle in the front window to let the Christ Child know he’s anticipated; I’ve done all …

  • The Wedding Singer
    Isabelle Broom’s Perfect Christmas Morning
    by Isabelle Broom
    2014/12/15  |  Features  |  

    Despite allegedly being a proper grown-up now, I still wake up every Christmas morning with a big smile on my face. I go home every year to spend the day with my family, and my mum still makes me a stocking. It’s a proper lumpy, bumpy one, too – none …

  • Holy Hamster
    My Perfect Christmas Morning
    by Kate Long
    2014/12/10  |  Features  |  

    I’m dreaming of a quiet Christmas, and here’s why. Over the years the morning of December 25th has thrown me a few curve balls. At the mild end of disaster was the time we switched on the oven to roast the turkey and nothing happened. I can tell you, a …

  • Francesca's Party
    Patricia’s Perfect Christmas Morning
    by Patricia Scanlan
    2014/12/06  |  Features  |  

    Much as I love Christmas, it is very different now since my beloved mother is no longer with us.  But I have the most wonderful memories of childhood Christmas Mornings that were beyond perfect. When I was a child there was no such thing as putting your tree up weeks …

  • Andy Jones & Pals
    My Perfect Christmas Morning…
    by Andy Jones
    2014/12/04  |  Features, Uncategorized  |  

    My perfect Christmas morning starts at 6.30 a.m., the same time my girls exploded into supercharged, gibbering wakefulness on this same day last year. Today, though … nothing. A silence so thick you can almost cuddle it. The little ones are still deep asleep, dreaming, perhaps, of Santa or elves …

  • Francesca's Party
    Why I Love Christmas
    by Patricia Scanlan
    2014/11/10  |  Features  |  

    I love Christmas. For me it’s always been a time for family, relaxation and reading and if I could go back and live a part of my childhood again I’d choose Christmas time. I’ve got four brothers and a sister and my parents made Christmas the most magical time for …

  • Santa Montefiore
    Writing ‘Last Voyage of the Valentina’
    by Santa Montefiore
    2014/10/24  |  Features  |  

    After writing four family sagas based in South America I needed a change of location, as well as plot structure. Americans weren’t interested in what they considered their back yard – when we Europeans think of Argentina we think of polo, pampa, tango, and Evita, while apparently they think of …

  • Andy Jones & Pals
    Andy Jones on ‘The Two of Us’
    by Andy Jones
    2014/10/17  |  Features  |  

    I have a confession to make: I have never read ‘female fiction’. And I certainly didn’t mean to write any. And yet here I am on Books and the City, ‘the home of female fiction’. The home, I tell you! Don’t get me wrong; I’m actually quite partial to a …

  • Richard Madeley
    Richard Madeley’s Literati Event on 17th October
    by Richard Madeley
    2014/10/07  |  Features  |  

    Richard Madeley will be hosting the Literati event at Grosvenor House Hotel on 17th October at 6:30pm. Join us to hear him talk about his latest bestseller The Way You Look Tonight. You can book tickets here http://bit.ly/1vuaxle. To whet your appetite for the evening, Richard has shared with us …