Faces of the week

Sunday Herald - - EDITORIAL & LETTERS -

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.

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