Non-fiction & journalism

General features

My Hols
Sunday Times – Travel section 22 February 2004
I love my beautiful country – says South African actor Sello Maake ka Ncube, who is appearing as Othello with the Royal Shakespeare Company 

A fine brush with Raphael
Daily Mail 16 Oct 2004 – Travel feature

School holiday
Evening Standard 10 August 2005
A British couple renovated a wreck in the Languedoc to set up their air-school dream, La Maison Verte.  Now they are moving next door.  

The roads not taken
The Independent 29 July 2005
After a life full of achievement, Penelope Lively has imagined what might have been.  Clare Colvin talks to her about fiction, family and the lure of alternative lives

Seven cities on the move
Travel Section – Sunday Times
Every conqueror rebuilt Delhi on a different site. 

Speaking tongues
Sunday Times – Travel section
Lost for words on a cosmopolitan course in Montpellier

Book reviews

The corpse who helped sink Hitler
Operation Mincemeat
By Ben Macintyre
(Bloomsbury)

Window on a world in flames
Dancing to the Precipice – Lucie de la Tour du Pin and the French Revolution
By Caroline Moorehead
(Chatto)

Yesterday Morning – A Very English Childhood by Diana Athill
(Granta)

Eccentric rebel without a crown
The Independent on Sunday 2 May 2004
Christina, Queen of Sweden by Veronica Buckley
Fourth Estate

The original femme fatale
The Independent 29 October 2004
Lucrezia Borgia by Sarah Bradford (Viking)

Parallel Lines by Peter Lantos
The Independent – book review
(Arcadia)

The WAGs of Versailles
The Independent 22 September 2006
Love and Louis XIV by Antonia Fraser
(Weidenfeld)

Mermaid granted Hans a fairytale ending
Daily Mail  28 May 2004
Children’s Golden Library: The Little Mermaid & Other Tales by Hans Christian Andersen

Opera reviews

OPERA – Sunday Express – 18 April 2010
Rufus Wainwright’s Prima Donna ***

Sadler’s Wells
London EC1

OPERA – Sunday Express – 7 March 2010
Philip Glass’s Satyagraha*****

English National Opera
The Coliseum, London WC2

OPERA – Sunday Express – 4 April 2010
Rameau’s Platee ****

Les Talens Lyriques
Opera National du Rhin, Strasbourg

OPERA – Sunday Express – 14 February 2010
Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor****

English National Opera
The Coliseum, London WC2

OPERA – Sunday Express – 7 February 2010
Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte****

Royal Opera House
London WC2

OPERA – 28 February 2010
Puccini’s La Boheme ****

Opera Up Close
Cock Tavern Theatre
Kilburn NW6

Handel’s Belshazzar ****
London Handel Festival
St George’s Church, W1

OPERA – Sunday Express 23 April 2006
Wagner’s Gotterdammerung ****

Royal Opera House, London WC2

Monteverdi’s Orfeo ****
English National Opera
Coliseum, London WC2

OPERA – Sunday Express 14 May 2006
Alfano’s Cyrano de Bergerac ****
Royal Opera
Covent Garden, London WC2

OPERA – Sunday Express
Ismailova stops them dead
Shostakovich’s Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk *****

Royal Opera House, London WC2

Verdi’s La Traviata ****
English National Opera
The Coliseum, London WC2

OPERA – Sunday Express 22 October 2006
Janacek’s Jenufa *****

English National Opera
Coliseum, London WC2

OPERA – Sunday Express 18 February 2006
Puccini’s Madama Butterfly ****

Royal Opera House, London WC2

Handel’s Agrippina ****
English National Opera
Coliseum, London WC2