Dinner with Antonio Carluccio

http://www.carluccios.com Eating seasonally is important to Antonio Carluccio, which is why the first thing you see when you look at the new autumn/winter menu is a picture of some luscious wild fungi. They say half of the pleasure of eating is with the eyes, and it’s a good start. New mushroom-inspired dishes include a sharing…

Film review: The New Girlfriend

Directed by François Ozon This French-language psychological comedy-drama cover so many themes, I’m not sure where to start! Friendship, marriage, love, sexual attraction, single parenthood, cross-dressing, homosexuality, femininity… to name a few. Claire (Anaïs Demoustier) has recently lost her best friend, Laura (Isild Le Besco), who has passed away leaving her husband, David (Romain Duris), to…

Restaurant review: Drake & Morgan

Drake & Morgan 6 Pancras Square, King’s Cross, London N1C 4AG http://www.drakeandmorgan.co.uk  Danielle visits the latest bar and restaurant venture to open its sleek glass doors in the regenerated area of N1C As part of the recent regeneration of the area around King’s Cross, Drake & Morgan (the latest opening of the nine London bars and…

Book review: A Place For Us by Harriet Evans

From bestselling author Harriet Evans comes her latest, A Place For Us – an absorbing, emotional page-turner, with characters so real you find yourself thinking about them long after you finish the book. A family saga that focuses on the power of secrets, Evans delves deep into her characters’ histories to show what makes people…

Film review: A Walk In The Woods

Directed by Ken Kwapis Based on the 1998 bestseller of the same name by Bill Bryson, A Walk In The Woods stars Robert Redford as Bryson, who decides to walk the Appalachian Trail on the east coast of America. Despite his wife Cynthia (Emma Thompson) telling him he is too old and unfit and reminding…

Film Review: Magic In The Moonlight

Directed by Woody Allen Is magic real? Is there more to the physical world than meets the eye? These are the questions that arise when master magician Stanley Crawford (Colin Firth) tries to expose psychic medium Sophie Baker (Emma Stone) as a fake. Set in the 1920s on the luxurious French Riviera, Woody Allen’s latest…

Film review: St Vincent

Directed by Ted Melfi In a role he was born to play, Bill Murray is Vincent, a cantankerous old man who treats everyone badly, including himself. He drinks, smokes, gambles, swears and appears to have a problem with everything and everyone. It’s only when single mum Maggie (Melissa McCarthy) moves in next door with her…

Film review: Birdman

Birdman (or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) Directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu Birdman has created mixed reactions to its Best Picture Oscar win. A good film though it is, we’re not sure it deserves an Oscar, but then, it is a story about actors being actors – and Hollywood loves stories about themselves! The black…

Theatre review: Kinky Boots

For a night of dazzling, feelgood entertainment, head to the Adelphi theatre and treat yourself to new musical, Kinky Boots I love musicals. For me, there’s nothing I enjoy more than escaping for a couple of hours into another world of song and dance with fabulous costumes, impressive choreography and an emotional story to tug…

Interview with author Martine Bailey

Author Martine Bailey has created a new fictional genre; in Fay Weldon’s words ‘culinary gothic’. Here, she talks about her first book An Appetite For Violets, with a spirited, feminist heroine at its hilt Described by Fay Weldon as ‘culinary gothic’, author Martine Bailey’s debut novel An Appetite for Violets, is set in the late…

Interview with author Beth Miller

I talk to fiction author Beth Miller, whose novels When We Were Sisters and The Good Neighbour weave laugh-out-loud humour into serious themes of dysfunctional families and mental illness. Your bio mentions your love of The Archers and tea, and previous jobs as a sex educator and alcohol counsellor and ‘inept audio-typist’ as well as…