Faces of the week
Philip Pullman said the “pernicious” trend for price-cutting on books devalued reading. “I don’t like it when I see my books sold cheaply,” said the writer of His Dark Materials and president of the Society of Authors. “But I’d like to think I’m speaking on behalf of all authors who are caught in this trap. If a price is unrealistically cheap, it can damage the author’s reputation.”
Using moisturiser “probably does f*** all”, says Dame
Helen Mirren, face of skincare brand L’Oreal. “I’m an eternal optimist,” said the actor while sitting on a L’Oreal panel in the south of France. “I know that when I put my moisturiser on it probably does f*** all, but it just makes me feel better. I’ve always said to L’Oreal as well that I will only do what makes me feel better.”
Mr Benn, the bowler-hatted hero with a fondness for fancy dress, could become a movie star at 50. Half a century after the children’s TV programme’s first showing, there are plans for an exhibition, an opera and even a live action movie. “I wanted to write a story about Mr Everybody,” said Mr Benn creator David
McKee last week.