Cultural Life: Barbara Taylor Bradford, novelist
Friday 22 February 2013
I have just re-read Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel. I enjoyed it even more the second time around. I seem to be addicted to history and just read Killing Lincoln (The Shocking Assassination That Changed America Forever) by Bill O'Reilly & Martin Dugard. I found the second historical nonfiction by O'Reilly & Dugard: Killing Kennedy (The End of Camelot) very moving. I wept at the end because of the utter senselessness of JFK's untimely death.
I went to a private screening of Lincoln. My husband and I staggered out, having been swept away by the film. We felt we'd been in the presence of President Lincoln himself, so extraordinary was Daniel Day-Lewis's performance. I found Les Miserables slightly too long. Hugh Jackman made up for that.
I am a huge fan of Kiri Te Kanawa and particularly love her renditions of Verdi and Puccini. I always enjoy the three tenors Carreras, Domingo and Pavarotti.
When I'm not watching news programmes, I just can't resist Maggie Smith as the Dowager Countess in Downton Abbey. I love country-house family sagas. I guess that's why I write them.
Barbara Taylor Bradford's novel 'Secrets from the Past' is published by HarperCollins on 28 February
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TV reviewIt has taken seven episodes for Game of Thrones season five to hit its stride
FilmPalme d'Or goes to radical and astonishing film that turns conventional thinking about immigrants on its head
Potter's attempt to create an Essex Taj Mahal was a lovely treattv
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Cyclist who knocked down three-year-old girl says his life has been 'destroyed'
- 2 A politically correct lefty goes to see Top Gear live – you'll probably believe what happened next
- 3 Young Preston fan has play-off hero Jermaine Beckford's shirt stolen from him at Wembley - which then appears for sale on Gumtree
- 4 Isis burns woman alive for refusing to engage in 'extreme' sex act, UN says
- 5 Puerto Rico, island of lost dreams: People are leaving the debt-hit territory in droves as near neighbour Cuba's star rises
As a white man, I'm surprised more women aren't tweeting the hashtag #KillAllWhiteMen
Scotland may have to leave the EU even if it votes to stay in, David Cameron confirms
The day that Britain resigned as a global power
SNP fury as HS2 finds 'no business case' for taking fast train service to Scotland
EU referendum: David Cameron to deny EU migrants and under-18s the chance to vote
A nation of inequality: How the UK is failing to feed its most vulnerable people