James Dyson reveals how he gambled his house on revolutionary vacuum cleaner design | Books | Entertainment

James Dyson with one of his handheld vacuums (Image: Franziska Krug/Getty ) The country was mired in a deep and ugly recession in early 1992 when I began looking for money to start manufacturing what would eventually become my best-selling DC01 vacuum cleaner. After a number of false starts, not least my Ballbarrow which had captured half the More...

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By admin On Monday, September 6th, 2021

Ian Rankin: How the frustrations of being a special needs parent fuel his writing | Books | Entertainment

Crime author Ian Rankin (Image: PA Images) Though he tends to stay out of politics, Ian, 61, joined broadcaster Jo Whiley, whose sister Frances has a learning disability, in raising fears that vulnerable More...

By admin On Sunday, September 5th, 2021

Kevin Webber: Life is a gift and it’s rude to leave it unwrapped in a dark corner | Books | Entertainment

Kevin Webber (Image: nc) The bitter wind seared the skin on Kevin Webber’s face as he dragged his sledge towards the Arctic circle. In temperatures of minus 50, he had to keep scanning the horizon for More...

By admin On Saturday, September 4th, 2021

Sally Rooney’s return… This time, dreaming of a better world | Books | Entertainment

Alice is a feted novelist whose success drove her to a nervous breakdown so she has abandoned Dublin for a quiet seaside town. Two worlds collide when she embarks upon a tentative and often fraught relationship More...

By admin On Friday, September 3rd, 2021

Unlocking the secrets of the real-life silent witnesses | Books | Entertainment

Sharp end: Richard says his work has made him appreciate life (Image: Getty) As one of the country’s top forensic pathologists, he has investigated more than 23,000 deaths, including those of Princess More...

By admin On Wednesday, September 1st, 2021

Has Wallis Simpson been cruelly misjudged by history? | Books | Entertainment

The Duchess of Windsor… Royal love and crisis (Image: Getty) Wallis Simpson has always fascinated me. As a child, I pored over images of her in my granny’s Coronation book from 1937, the year More...

By admin On Monday, August 30th, 2021

Hitler’s First Hundred Days – How the National Socialists took over Germany | Books | Entertainment

In the 1920s Germany was struggling still over their calamitous (for them) defeat in the First World War. The economy was not booming and there were deep splits between left and right. On January 30, 1933 in More...

By admin On Saturday, August 28th, 2021

Why Alan Johnson rewrote the sins of his father | Books | Entertainment

Alan Johnson (Image: TIM MERRY) In Alan Johnson’s debut novel there are many echoes of his own life experience. His main character is raised by a single mother every bit as devoted and self-sacrificing More...

By admin On Thursday, August 26th, 2021

Miles Jupp’s debut novel tells the story of a rich kids’ history teacher in midlife crisis | Books | Entertainment

Clive loathes his backbiting colleagues but not as much as he loathes himself for leaving his job at a comprehensive to teach the children of the rich. Feeling undervalued and guilty, he starts to go a bit bonkers. Like More...

By admin On Wednesday, August 25th, 2021

Fictional French detective Maigret very similar to creator Georges Simenon | Books | Entertainment

Rowan Atkinson as Maigret (Image: ITV) When Rowan Atkinson took on the role of the legendary pipe smoking French detective Jules Maigret for television, he claimed part of the attraction was playing a “very More...