Harper's Bazaar (UK) - - Contents -

Re­turn­ing to Par­rot Cay in the Turks and Caicos Is­lands (page 324), the writer is re­united with a sea the colour of aven­turine crys­tals. Born in Durham, Daw­son has writ­ten 10 nov­els. Her most re­cent, The Crime Writer, is about the au­thor Pa­tri­cia High­smith and was pub­lished by Scep­tre last year. What does beauty mean to you? ‘As Coco Chanel said: at 20 you get the face you were born with; at 50 you get the face you de­serve. I’ve en­joyed get­ting older. The wrin­kles are eas­ily com­pen­sated for by the sense of fig­ur­ing out who I am.’ The most beau­ti­ful place in the world ‘Par­rot Cay comes pretty close.’

Your beauty se­cret ‘A bath with Sweet Lul­laby oil from Lola’s Apothe­cary.’

The most beau­ti­ful per­son you know ‘My hus­band, Mered­ith Bowles.’

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