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Never mind the weather: Patrick Leigh Fermor takes meteorological liberties in A Time of Gifts

Did one of the finest British travel writers of the 20th century start his epic adventure across Europe on a meteorological fib? Patrick Leigh Fermor – “a thousand glistening umbrellas tilted over a thousand bowler hats in Piccadilly”. The Sunday Times – “At Kew it was 33° (1°C). Light falls of snow again occurred locally.” But does it… Continue reading

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Poirot turns 100: how the Belgian ‘tec met his match in the desert

In October 1920 Agatha Christie introduced Hercule Poirot in her novel, “The Mysterious Affair at Styles”.  And the great detective lives on, in Kenneth Branagh’s adaptation of Death on the Nile, which follows the actor/director’s  Murder on the Orient Express. The film is expected to open late in 2020. 1994 I interviewed David Suchet on set during the filming of… Continue reading