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Melanie McDonagh

Exhibitions

Love’s Labours Found review - a small but beautifully formed show

This bijou but fascinating show reveals advances in scholarship that promise more to come

Exhibitions

Matejko’s Copernicus - the Polish master crossing borders 148 years on

Unseen here before, a masterpiece coming to the National Gallery sheds divine light on a section of European painting little known in Britain

Insider

Tried and tested: best at-home high tech facial tools

From salon-worthy LED chambers to muscle zapping tongs, these are the gadgets to lift, firm and smooth

Insider

Why Khloe Kardashian’s unedited pool photo is a good thing

The reality TV star has spent this week trying to get an unedited, unfiltered image of her removed from the internet, but why?

Books

Those Who Can, Teach by Andria Zafirakou: going above and beyond

She’s an art school teacher who won the $1 million Global Teacher Prize for going ‘above and beyond’. Now Andria Zafirakou has written an inspirational book about how to get the best out of the children at her school, some of whom barely speak English, says Melanie McDonagh

Books

Francis Bacon Revelations by Mark Stevens and Annalyn Swan review

The beauty of this book about the ‘asthmatic homosexual painter of nightmares’ is in the detail, from vivid scenes of London life to Bacon brushing his teeth with Vim, but his genius remains unexplained, says Melanie McDonagh

Books

Beyond Order: 12 More Rules for Life by Jordan Peterson review

He’s a cult figure whose first book sold over five million copies. Then he got ill and his critics accused him of having lost the plot. But his highly-anticipated sequel, released today, is full of sensible, humane advice, and shows he is still very much on top, says Melanie McDonagh

Interiors

The nicest flowers to buy now also happen to be the most eco-friendly

The race is on to reduce our floral footprint. The hippest florists will help us do just that with seasonal British blooms

Books

Consent by Vanessa Springora review

He was fifty and famous; she was just fourteen. More than thirty years on, this memoir - part recovery, part payback - about Vanessa Springora’s relationship with Gabriel Matzneff, shows that revenge is still a dish best eaten cold

Comment

Clever gamer pigs need us to save their bacon

Pigs can play video games, scientists have found

Books

Fall: The Mystery of Robert Maxwell by John Preston review: gripping

The extraordinary life - and death - of the media mogul whose boundless ambition included becoming Prime Minister reads like a gripping novel which happens to be true

Film

The Dig: how two remarkable people found Sutton Hoo’s treasure

Archaeology might not seem like a natural fit for the movies, but this story has it all

Books

Why you shouldn’t worry about getting older two new books reviewed

Most of us hate the thought but what if scientists could reverse the process? A new book explores the science of eliminating grey hairs and wrinkles, while another offers advice on how to age better 

Royals

Laugh if you will, but Fergie’s new book will be a hit

She’s releasing her first Mills & Boon novel this summer, but this isn’t the start of Fergie’s literary career

Hair

Best hair masks to treat dry and damaged hair 2020

Bid farewell to dry hair and damaged hair with these moisture rich masks

Homes & Property

Seeds, plants and pots - everything you need to grow your own veg

Sweet mini strawberries, juicy tomatoes, fragrant herbs, cut-and-come-again lettuce – Melanie McDonagh reveals what you need to raise a lockdown mini crop to be proud of, even if the only available space is a sunny windowsill or table top
Gardening

Seeds, plants and pots - everything you need to grow your own veg

Sweet mini strawberries, juicy tomatoes, fragrant herbs, cut-and-come-again lettuce – Melanie McDonagh reveals what you need to raise a lockdown mini crop to be proud of, even if the only available space is a sunny windowsill or table top