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Annabel Freyberg: Gifted writer and editor whose wit, taste, and brio

Annabel Freyberg was, for 30 years, one of the most vivid and memorable figures in London journalism. An easy prose stylist and a sympathetic, sharp-eyed editor, she held senior editorial positions at The Independent (where she was deputy editor of the obituaries pages from 1995-99), the London Evening Standard, The World of Interiors, and the Daily Telegraph Magazine. She wrote with brio – and with a fresh, scholarly, and unexpected take – on fine and decorative arts, artists, interiors, houses and food. She published Ceramics for the Home (1999) and in recent years produced a handsome, quirky Teapot & Tea Calendar. That she should have delighted in teapots – the most practical, elegant but complicated product of the potter's art – was all of a piece with Freyberg, a trained artist and unfettered collector of objets d'art who understood the discipline and touch of a craftsman.

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Postcard from... Spain

These days, it is pretty rare in Spain for a book to create controversy, still less gain cross-party condemnation, from the government’s Minister of Social Services to the Communist-dominated United Left coalition. But one published by the Archbishopric of Granada’s own publishing house and entitled Get Married and Be Submissive – with a feminine ending to “submissive” in the original Spanish making it clear which gender the title is referring to – has  certainly succeeded.

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