Nancy Mitford

The hypocrisy of actors

22 January 2022 9:00 am

I’ve been keeping a journal for nearly 60 years. There are piles of the damn things in archives and covered…

Honest, faithful and fantastically enjoyable: BBC1's The Pursuit of Love reviewed

15 May 2021 9:00 am

I’d been expecting the BBC to make a dreadful hash of The Pursuit of Love, especially when I read that…

The smelly, snobbish death of the English public toilet

12 March 2016 9:00 am

I blame Nancy Mitford: she made the English so frightened of saying ‘toilet’ that now they have hardly any left…

Lankily elegant and exquisitely dressed: Peter Watson (right) with Oliver Messel

The Mad Boy, Peter Watson, Cecil Beaton and the limo — by Sofka Zinovieff

23 May 2015 9:00 am

It would not have surprised their friends in the 1930s when Peter Watson had a fling with my grandfather, Robert…

Alexander Chancellor: what’s wrong with the word ‘toilet’?

7 September 2013 9:00 am

I am embarrassed not by people using ‘non-U’ expressions but by people who still care about such things