Juliet Nicolson

The summer I dwelt in marble halls

20 January 2024 9:00 am

Gill Johnson recalls the glorious months she once spent in the ‘gilded labyrinth’ of a Venetian palazzo, employed as an English tutor to an aristocratic Italian family

Brutality rules in paradise – a memoir of Jamaican childhood

23 September 2023 9:00 am

Brought up by a tyrannical father in the postcard beauty of Montego Bay, this is a story of the author’s salvation through literature and the ferocity of maternal love

Who would be a farmer’s wife?

26 August 2023 9:00 am

‘Some days I feel like I’m drowning,’ admits Helen Rebanks, caught between cooking, housework, admin, tagging lambs and the school run at the Lake District family farm

Polly Toynbee searches in vain for one working-class ancestor

27 May 2023 9:00 am

Though many of her distinguished forebears campaigned vigorously against privilege and conservative elitism, they were still too posh for Toynbee’s comfort

My memories of Raymond Briggs

17 December 2022 9:00 am

Christmas won’t be the same without Raymond Briggs

Why I queued to see the Queen

19 September 2022 7:57 pm

I went there with Rachel my best friend from childhood. We both wore black. Even our trainers were black. We…

A call to farms: how a London barrister rediscovered her agricultural roots

16 July 2022 9:00 am

Farming threaded its way through the fields, mud, hedgerows and lifeblood of the people who made up Sarah Langford’s childhood.…

A vroom of one’s own: how I loved my old Mini

25 June 2022 9:00 am

Oh how I loved my old Mini

Abandoned for a bogus guru – Lily Dunn’s harrowing family memoir

12 March 2022 9:00 am

Sins of My Father begins with an ending. Describing her 61-year-old parent’s final desperate flight from a life of vibrant…

My mother’s secret life was a Dickensian horror story

6 February 2021 9:00 am

What happens to a child raised without love? This is the agonising question that the American lawyer Justine Cowan braces…

Diplomatic daughters go behind the scenes at Yalta

17 October 2020 9:00 am

From Downing Street to Pennsylvania Avenue, history’s powerful inter-family influencers, whether spouses or children, have long operated behind weighty political…

Bringing up Benzene: Charlie Gilmour adopts a magpie

19 September 2020 9:00 am

One day a baby bird falls from its nest into an oily scrapyard in Bermondsey, south London and seems unlikely…

A passionate wartime love story is rescued from oblivion

16 May 2020 9:00 am

Once in a while, just at the right moment, a truly gorgeous real-life love story appears out of the blue,…

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If only we could hibernate all winter

3 November 2018 9:00 am

As travel writer, nature writer, memory retriever and, I would add, prose-poet of mesmerising lyricism, Horatio Clare is a celebrant…

The miseries of diplomatic life: heat, bedbugs and endless cocktail parties

10 March 2018 9:00 am

The arrival at a new foreign posting for a junior diplomat’s wife in the first half of the last century…

The BBC’s battle for Britain

25 November 2017 9:00 am

The camouflage-painted, smoke-blackened entrance to London’s 1940s Broadcasting House, moated with sandbags and battered by bombs, provided its staff with…

The dying days of the English country house

28 May 2016 9:00 am

Contrary to popular myth, the exuberant flame of life in the English country house was not extinguished by tears at…

17th- and 18th-century buttons from John Taylor’s Birmingham workshop

In grandmother’s treasure-chest

13 February 2016 9:00 am

Juliet Nicolson examines women’s lives and changing fashions through a rich hoard of buttons for all occasions

A world beyond Grafton ‘Merriecolour’ beckons...

Sex, rebellion, ambition, prejudice: the story of 1950s women has it all

14 March 2015 9:00 am

Although the young women of the 1950s hovered on the cusp of change, many did not know it. Valerie Gisborn…