In this edition, our contributing editor charts the triumphs and tragedies of great dynasties from the Romanovs to the Rockefellers and the Redgraves (below). The author’s seven books range from a biography of Nancy Mitford to a history of greyhound racing. Her next, The Last Landlady ,is a memoir of her publican grandmother and will be published in July.
Your best piece of marriage advice ‘Separate bathrooms. It’s not always realistic but the principle behind it – that some mystique should be retained – is a very good one.’
A memorable wedding ‘My brother’s was idyllic: sunny, sumptuous and very Four Weddings.’