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  • Muddy reviews: My Brilliant Friend at the Rose Theatre

    Have you read Elena Ferrante's novels? Oh but you must. The Italian writer, who keeps her identity a mystery, is the author of several brilliant novels, all vivid and austerely honest accounts of the lives, relationships and inner conflicts of intelligent women. Her writing is intimate, immersive and intense. Last year the writer was named one of the 100 most influential people on the planet by Time magazine, and her most recent work - four novels that make up the Neapolitan series - has just been adapted for the stage by April de Angelis into two shows of two-and-half-hours. It's showing at the Rose Theatre, Kingston and my good friend and long-time Fleet Street journalist John Clarke (The Independent, The Times, the i paper - check out the iQuiz) was there to review it on Saturday.

  • Happy birthday Mr G F Watts

    Last week would have been the 200th birthday of England's (and Surrey's) Michelangelo, and to celebrate the occasion Watts Gallery - Artists' Village in Compton has launched a programme of events - Watts 200 - featuring exhibitions and events focusing on the life, works and legacy of this great artist.

  • Resolutions reaffirmed

    January can be a test of endurance for even the strongest among us. Long dark days and cold dreary weather without the sparkle of Christmas lights can make even the most cheery of us feel a little glum. Add New Year resolutions and January detox to the mix, and, well, it's tough. We're at the halfway mark, and if you're anything like me your willpower will be starting to fade, so I've asked life-style coach and general all-round creature of loveliness Clare Percival of Now It's All About Me for her top tips on how to carry on in 2017 as you had meant to start out.

  • How to buy and sell a house

    Moving house is nothing short of a major trauma – the upheaval, the pain, the heartbreak and worry is not for the fainthearted. Property developers snap up the best plots, dithering buyers pull out of sales, greedy sellers try to up their prices – and it’s getting near on impossible to find a good deal on any […]

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