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To catch up on past newsletters:

Friday 21st January: Kate Mosse on How to Own the Room podcast, eyeshadow palettes on sale, two great memoirs and the latest thinking on emotions

Friday 14th January: Siri Hustvedt on How to Own the Room podcast, bearable vegan food, White Hot Hair, Toast of London and retail therapy for swimmers

Friday 7th January: Happy New Year, Amanda Horton-Mastin on How to Own the Room, saying yes to yourself, The Tourist and French Toast lipstick

Friday 17th December: Helena Morrissey on How to Own the Room, personalised pyjamas, the value of “ugly coping” and my Christmas wish: supreme indolence

Friday 10th December: Yrsa Daley-Ward, an unmissable book deal, Christmas jumpsuits and a skiing Santa

Friday 3rd December: Oversized blush, Sondheim, tam-o’shanters and Dame Eileen Atkins on How to Own the Room (yes!)

Friday 26th November: Lady Gaga on shuffle, Christmas cocktails, feminist fashion and my new radio play

Friday 19th November: Unwanted immobility, new audio treats, the best pandemic mindset and Christmas jewellery

Friday 12th November: Greetings from Paris, radio play joy, Anthropologie Christmas gifts, Salma Hayek and Au Revoir, Tristesse

Friday 5th November: Accidental climate activist Anne Taylor on How to Own the Room, uncanny family resemblances, Schitt’s Creek and ultimate Paris addresses

Friday 29th October: Jane Garvey and Fi Glover on How to Own the Room, Evanna Lynch and the world’s most fabulous woman

Friday 22nd October: Non-alcoholic quarantine mojitos, Mel Robbins, Squid Game, a great short story collection and The Battle of the Leopard Shoulder Pads

Friday 15th October: Nayna McIntosh on How to Own the Room, Squid Game, Christmas cushions, big belts and great skincare

Friday 8th October: Fun Bobby, Four Thousand Weeks, Cathy Rentzenbrink, amber fragrances and a ton of cake

Friday 01 October: PepsiCo ex-CEO Indra Nooyi on the podcast, literature in translation, some ill-advised bargains and how to support End Violence Against Women

Friday 24th September: Bowie sweaters, shopping second-hand, my life in cupcakes and Dame Jenni Murray on How to Own the Room

Friday 17th September: New series of How to Own the Room podcast with… JACKIE WEAVER: How To Have the Authority (and Read the Standing Orders)

Friday 10th September: Our feral cat Julian’s £2.5k injury, the best afternoon tea in London, some late summer reads and a bit of ooh là là

Friday 30th July: Bittersweet endings, the sit mat of dreams, ultimate FitFlops, best summer fragrance and a bit of Shakespeare

Friday 23rd July: Chantal Coady, beach blouses, summer ponchos, Jerry Seinfeld and all the tow floats you need

Friday 16th July: Pool slides, lavender fields, summer fragrance, Barb and Star (again) and Dame Stephanie Shirley on How to Own the Room

Friday 9th July: Paula Hawkins on How To Own the Room, drunk Danish men and the redddest of red lipsticks

Friday 2nd July: Beauty writer Funmi Fetto, the bronze body balm from paradise, Malibu Rising, two Netflix recommendations and a flash of Brazilian fashion

Friday 25th June: Pandemic brain, Lorraine Candy on How to Own the Room, a diary worthy of J-Lo, In the Heights and the disco clutch bag of dreams

Friday 18th June: How to Own the Room is back: Series 13 launches with a double download. Plus: lipstick sealant, summer festivals and the perfect white dress

Friday 11th June: Sittingsuits from Norse Supply, Nomadland, Cruella, Mare of Easttown, Sophia Loren and a Malibu-based coconut cocktail

Friday 4th June: Vote for How to Own the Room at the British Podcast Awards! 🥳🥳🥳

Friday 28th May: Norma Kamali on How to Own the Room, Michael Lewis and the great New Orleans pilgrimage, watermelon daiquiri and the ultimate ridiculous eye pillow

Friday 21st May: Hollie McNish on How to Own the Room, Midnight Diner, the ultimate jumbo storage bag and top picks for reproduction vintage fashion

Friday 14th May: Anya Hindmarch on How to Own the Room, the best shampoo in the world, Barack and Bruce, summer dresses and The Handmaid’s Tale for the 21st century

Friday 7th May: Annaliese Dodds on How to Own the Room, the three best lipsticks in the world, Kate Grenville and the perfect French sweater

Friday 30th April: How to Own the Room with Isabel Allende, more on Martha Beck, open air theatre in London, a time to languish and… the best post-its

Friday 23rd April: Martha Beck on How to Own the Room, celebrating grumpy people, the joy of the jumpsuit and Nora Ephron documentary Everything Is Copy

Friday 16th April: Nicole LePera on How to Own the Room, the best poetry and art on Instagram, great English lidos and Ukrainian sourdough garlic buns

Friday 9th April: Yewande Akinola on How to Own the Room, Sharon Stone’s extraordinary double life, The Beatles’ Something and cooking with Kelis

Friday 2nd April: New How to Own the Room with Mel Giedroyc, truly beautiful underwear, a pinch of Stanley Tucci… and Katharine Hepburn’s brownie recipe

Friday 26th March: How to stay Zoom-sane, cheery cherry blossom cake, Beyoncé on a blouse, cowboy boots and Lift As You Climb being super-empowering!

Friday 19th March: Inner Voice on How to Own the Room, Beauty Pie Instagram Live, Iris Apfel, twenty years of failure and a hot tattooed silver fox (no, not me)

Friday 12th March: Storytelling Masterclass on How to Own the Room, the ultimate interiors fix, caffeine detox, cheap baubles and the most wonderful weird French film

Friday 5th March: New edition of Lift As You Climb, How to Own the Room mini masterclasses, the joy of the Do-Not-Do-List and glitter lipstick

Friday 26th February: It’s the end of the month, let’s party! With Vivian Gornick, “visiting cakes”, Cobra Kai and Charlotte Tilbury

Friday 19th February: Outdoor swimming, mask-scarves, comedy, Joan Didion and… remind me what I came here for?

Friday 12th February: Virginia Woolf refusing to be distracted from what really matters, Shahira Fahmy on How to Own the Room, mental health and the Queen on a silky blouse

Friday 5th February: Ru Paul’s must-read, The Writer’s Room, cashmere loungewear, fragrance discovery sets, Taco Tuesdays and sh*t sandwiches

Friday 29th January: What’s happening in Russia, Katie Piper on How to Own the Room, alcohol-free drinks and the last chance bobble hat

Friday 22nd January: New podcast download, Alan Arkin, meditation, yoga, Mary Gaitskill and beauty pick-me-ups

Friday 15th January: Reading Recommendation Special: Elena Ferrante, independent book shops, feminist inspiration and Victoria Hislop’s One August

Friday 8th January: New How to Own the Room podcast series, what to read in 2021, some lines of beautiful poetry and a little retail therapy

Friday 18th December: Tan’s house (for Queer Eye fans), cooking with cans, holiday muffins and Nina Simone sings Christmas

Friday 11th December: Big in Vladivostock, the new Nigella book, anti-decrepitude supplements and a home with a helipad

Friday 4th December: The film industry during Covid, Natalie Lété, champagne saucers and bobble hats

Friday 27th November: Unsung Heroines on BBC Radio 4Xtra, Comic Books podcast, vintage Christmas cocktail earrings and “Champagne for everyone!”

Friday 20th November: The Italian Riviera, Julia Samuel, Santa Baby in diamante and the best novel I’ve read in a while

Friday 13th November: How to Own the Zoom Part II, Seth Godin on creativity, the surprising joy of LinkedIn and the pom pom disco jacket of dreams

Friday 6th November: The Fonz, Lipcote, a great new podcast, the ultimate Christmas jumper, face masks and the magic of mushrooms

Friday 30th October: Cathy Newman on How to Own the Room, Ghosts, John Cusack, singing yourself lucky and the Nobel Prize for Literature

Friday 23rd October: The Secret History of Wonderwoman, Hilary Mantel’s journalism, Selling Sunset and espresso martini candles

Friday 16th October: How to Own the Room reviews, hair masks, vermouth and the woman who read 95 books this year

Friday 9th October: Violinist Tasmin Little on How to Own the Room, Hot Priest reading poetry, retail therapy and cosy blankets

Friday 2nd October: New series of How to Own the Room podcast, Persian Love Cake, Margo face masks and the best of Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Friday 25th September: Posh Garibaldi biscuits, the world’s most explicit painting, a peaceful corner of England and Series 8 How to Own the Room

Friday 18th September: Jazz hands, Dame Judi Dench, social awkwardness and what the heart really wants

Friday 11th September: Otis Redding, Pandora’s Jar, How to Own the Room audiobook and a cat being attacked by origami

Friday 4th September:  Shoulder pads, Imelda Staunton, vintage Desert Island Discs and people who don’t do their homework

Friday 28th August: Fame take two, Cassidy Janson, pretend alcohol and the aromatherapy face oil of dreams

Friday 21st August: Au Revoir, Tristesse in Los Angeles, Michelle Obama, street dance and a drunken baby bear

Friday 14th August: Murano, courgette fritters, tequila, Kamala Harris and another great poem

Friday 7th August: Comets, meteors, the whole of the moon and Drunk Women Solving Crime

Friday 31st July: Cronut joy, Hawaii’s Covid story, the three best films ever and AOC’s speech

Friday 24th July: All the poetry you need, lockdown cocktails, a new play and Tracey Ullman

Friday 17th July: New episodes of We Can Rebuild Her, a guide to the Women’s Prize shortlist and Frilly Knickers Scabiosa (it’s a flower)

Friday 10th July: Back on Radio 4’s Saturday Live this week, counting birthday blessings, livestreamed cabaret, 1920s photography and armchair travel to Greece

Friday 3rd July: Presenting BBC Radio 4’s Saturday Live, double podcast extravaganza, solitude versus loneliness and my book of the summer

Friday 26th June: Exclusive… My brand new podcast WE CAN REBUILD HER; Katy Brand on How to Own the Room; and the book you need to read right now

Friday 19th June: Film director Coky Giedroyc on How to Own the Room, award-winning photography, Clara Amfo’s party playlist & the joy of falling asleep in your clothes

Friday 12th June: New episode of How to Own the Room, Toni Morrison, 1970s interiors, French intellectuals, funny women and poetry from Bristol

Friday 5th June: German film club, British-made denim dungarees, French cabaret and a dose of Reese Witherspoon

Friday 29th May: Tulips, a thousand words of summer, the top three funny books you need to read right now and opera live in your home

Friday 22nd May: Three prescriptions for hope, comfort and joy

Friday 15th May: French toast, pandemic survival rules, big fat reads and freshly caught fish

Friday 8th May: Elena Ferrante, lovingkindness, vegan brownies, footballers and the ultimate beach-free beach hat

Friday 1st May: Wearing and sharing art, Hope in the Dark, the 3 Rules Masterclass, quarantined stuntmen and The Crate of Wine.

Friday 24th April: Happiness during a pandemic, Women’s Prize shortlist, best lockdown TV

Friday 17th April: Guilt free chocolate, crate of wine, nostalgia of Obama’s campaign, working-from-home tribes and Germaine Greer with a headless goose.

Friday 10th April: Age of the Amateur, Anne Enright, quarantine photography, vintage prints from Yorkshire and letterbox cocktails

Friday 3rd April: Store cupboard cake, Zoe’s Extraordinary Playlist and everyday philosophy.

Friday 27th March: How to Own the Room Masterclass plus skincare tips with Trinny, PE with Joe Wicks and old Russian ladies in go-go boots.

Friday 20th March: Managing uncertainty, tons of book/podcast/TV recommendations, Cocktail-making kit of dreams and a posy of wild meadow flowers. 

Friday 13th March: Five stars for Lift As You Climb, Look Fabulous Forever on this week’s podcast, the secret of asking for more money and Barry still being Barry

Saturday 7th March: New book, Women’s Prize longlist, Elizabeth Warren and a hot Dutch guy called Barry.

Friday 28th February: New pop-up miniseries HTOTR, Hillary the documentary and Hilary Mantel’s new novel.

Friday 21st February: Lift As You Climb in Miami, 50 million books to read and France’s answer to Kate Bush.

Friday 31st January– Finding your voice, supercharging your ambition and Lizzo’s Grammy wardrobe.

Friday 24th January – Digital business, “squiggly” careers & Meghan Markle’s tights

Friday 17th January – Are you winning at January?

Friday 10th January – Speaker tips from Barack Obama, why it’s good to cry at work and the return of the prodigal fingerless gloves

Friday 3rd January – Welcome to the new decade!

Friday 27th December – Happy New Year!

Friday 20th December – Wassail, double podcast, Elf viewings etc

Friday 13th December – Fa la la la !

Friday 6th December  – Reeling from Hillary and Chelsea



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