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Francis Wheen, “The Lady and the Vamp,” Vanity Fair, October 2012


This is an amusing article on the acrimony that breaks out when a new editor arrives at the staid, 127-year old The Lady magazine. Anglophiles will particularly enjoy it.

The redoubtable Mrs. B., clad in twinset and pearls, was a magnet for quote-hungry reporters. “It suited the impression that this was just a Wodehouse novel in real life,” says Ben Budworth, “to portray Mum as Aunt Agatha up in Suffolk shouting about Rachel.” Serving tea to reporters in her drawing room, she needed no encouragement to resume shouting. “Why oh why must Rachel bring willies into everything?” she demanded after hearing a BBC program in which Johnson denounced Britain’s Trident nuclear-­missile system as “a willy-waving anachronism,”….


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