A Diary of The Lady: My First Year As Editor

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Penguin UK, Sep 30, 2010 - Literary Collections - 480 pages
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Rachel Johnson takes on the challenge of saving The Lady, Britain's oldest women's weekly, in her hilarious diary, A Diary of The Lady: My First Year and a Half as Editor.

'The whole place seemed completely bonkers: dusty, tatty, disorganized and impossibly old-fashioned, set in an age of doilies and flag-waving patriotism and jam still for tea, some sunny day.'

Appointed editor of The Lady - the oldest women's weekly in the world - Rachel Johnson faced the challenge of a lifetime. For a start, how do you become an editor when you've never, well, edited? How do you turn a venerable title, full of ads for walk-in baths, during the worst recession ever? And forget doubling the circulation in a year - what on earth do you wear to work when you've spent the last fifteen years at home in sweatpants?

Will Rachel save The Lady - or sink it?

'Action-packed, entertaining, marvellously indiscreet. Johnson is everything you want in a diarist and has a compulsive habit of saying the wrong thing' Sunday Times

'She's a loose cannon. All she thinks of is sex. You can't get her away from a penis' Mrs Julia Budworth, co-owner, The Lady

'A total romp, wonderfully readable, unflinchingly described' Guardian

'HYSTERICAL. For the first time, everyone is talking about The Lady for reasons other than nannies' Piers Morgan

Rachel Johnson is a journalist who has written two previous novels and two volumes of diaries. The Mummy Diaries, Notting Hell, Shire Hell and A Diary of The Lady are all available now from Penguin.

 

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Contents

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APRIL
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21 April 2010

4 July 2009
15 July 2009
16 July 2009
SEPTEMBER
2 September 2009
3 September 2009
4 September 2009
8 September 2009
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14 September 2009
15 September 2009
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20 September 2009
22 September 2009
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24 September 2009
28 September 2009
29 September 2009
30 September 2009
OCTOBER
5 October 2009
8 October 2009
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11 October 2009
12 October 2009
13 October 2009
14 October 2009
15 October 2009
19 October 2009
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NOVEMBER
9 November 2009
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14 November 2009
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20 November 2009
22 November 2009
26 November 2009
DECEMBER
2 December 2009
3 December 2009
4 December 2009
7 December 2009
8 December 2009
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10 December 2009
11 December 2009
13 December 2009
14 December 2009
15 December 2009
16 December 2009
18 December 2009
22 December 2009
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JANUARY
6 January 2010
7 January 2010
11 January 2010
12 January 2010
13 January 2010
14 January 2010
15 January 2010
18 January 2010
19 January 2010
20 January 2010
21 January 2010
22 January 2010
24 January 2010
25 January 2010
26 January 2010
27 January 2010
29 January 2010
FEBRUARY
2 February 2010
4 February 2010
8 February 2010
9 February 2010
10 February 2010
11 February 2010
12 February 2010
15 February 2010
16 February 2010
18 February 2010
23 February 2010
25 February 2010
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MARCH
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5 March 2010
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MAY
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JUNE
3 June 2010
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21 June 2010
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25 June 2010
Postscript
AUGUST
11 August 2010
SEPTEMBER
8 September 2010
13 September 2010
14 September 2010
20 September 2010
26 September 2010
29 September 2010
30 September 2010
OCTOBER
6 October 2010
7 October 2010
20 October 2010
22 October 2010
24 October 2010
25 October 2010
28 October 2010
NOVEMBER
2 November 2010
3 November 2010
4 November 2010
9 November 2010
10 November 2010
11 November 2010
17 November 2010
22 November 2010
24 November 2010
25 November 2010
30 November 2010
DECEMBER
2 December 2010
6 December 2010
7 December 2010
8 December 2010
9 December 2010
10 December 2010
15 December 2010
20 December 2010
22 December 2010
26 December 2010
29 December 2010
JANUARY
5 January 2011
6 January 2011
7 January 2011
12 January 2011
13 January 2011
17 January 2011
18 January 2011
19 January 2011
21 January 2011
23 January 2011
24 January 2011
25 January 2011
26 January 2011
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28 January 2011
FEBRUARY
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3 February 2011
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9 February 2011
10 February 2011
15 February 2011
17 February 2011
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About the author (2010)

Rachel Johnson is married to Ivo Dawnay, has three children, and lives in London and Somerset. Her previous books include The Mummy Diaries, the international bestseller Notting Hell and Shire Hell.

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