Sir Thomas Macpherson

I have in my lifetime, had the privilege of knowing some very remarkable people, but few if any, greater than Tommy Macpherson. Between the ages of 19 and 24, while serving behind enemy lines during the Second World War, Tommy won three Military Crosses and three Croix de Guerre. He was also a Chevalier de la Légion d’honneur and was … Read More

New lamps for old

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Last week, a reader from Canada sent me a copy of KANE AND ABEL to be signed.  Not an unusual event, you might think, but it turned out to be an uncorrected proof copy for distribution to the press, dated September 1979.  Naturally I wanted to get my grubby hands on it, as I hadn’t come across one myself for … Read More

New role for Mary

The Prime Minister has just announced Mary as the new Chair of the Science Museum Group – I’m a very proud husband. Culture Secretary Sajid Javid announces the appointment by the Prime Minister of Dame Mary Archer DBE as Chair of the Science Museum Group. Dame Mary Archer has been appointed as Science Museum Group Chair for a term of … Read More

Farewells and New Beginnings

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What a weekend – on Friday afternoon I travelled down to Wittersham in Kent to deliver the eulogy at my old friend, Donald Sinden’s funeral.  Of course it was packed out. Sir Patrick Stewart read a lesson, and Dame Judi Dench’s rendering of Prospero’s speech from The Tempest, reminded everyone why she is so universally respected as one of the … Read More

A Tour of Bones by Denise Inge

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Over the weekend I read a remarkable book, A Tour of Bones, by Denise Inge. Denise sadly died of inoperable sarcoma when she was only 51, but managed to put together this beautifully written book on the reflection of mortality. The book’s subjet is not one which would make you rush to the nearest bookshop, as the main theme is … Read More

Sharjah International Book Fair

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Jeffrey will be speaking at the Sharjah International Book Fair on 6 November – log on to their website for more details.