Philip Norman

Philip Norman is an English novelist, biographer, journalist and playwright.

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Some payday lender customers rack up debts with several firms

TV ads used to be an art form. Now they plumb the depths of inanity

Stars are wasting their talents, and viewers are wasting their time

The proudest day of her father's life: Jessica Norman on graduation day with her parents

Oxford elitist? Not in my book

Some may scoff at Oxford's antiquated rituals, but not Philip Norman, whose daughter has just graduated there. He relished its history as a counterpoint to his own impoverished past

The sun sets on a Franciacorta vineyard

Italy: For a break with added sparkle, head to the heart of Lombardy

Prosecco is so passé – the country's best sparkling wines are produced in Franciacorta, a charming region of ambrosial delights, says Philip Norman

Up and under: the village of Gella, in the Rhodope mountains

Bulgaria: Between heaven and hell

Hidden in Bulgaria's Rhodope mountains lies the village of Gella, the perfect place for a luxury retreat. But beware: the Devil's Throat, a vast and scary cavern, lies nearby

That summer of love

Sheelagh was 16. She wore pumps and a ponytail, which she shook to this new music, rock 'n' roll. Philip was 14, and more conservative. One record by Buddy Holly changed everything. A memoir of first love, by Philip Norman. Illustration by Stephen Parkes
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