Who is it aimed at?
What is its audience? However, as the book continues, she does become marginally more endearing. She is mortified when the Channel Four documentary is transmitted, not least because she is filmed telling her boss to 'Grow a pair of balls.
And the book is funny. Her insistence on redecorating her office with an orange velveteen chaise longue had me laughing, as did her interview with Julie Andrews.
Her lists of the contents of her In Tray are excellent, ranging as they do from brownies to bizarrely dreary article suggestions on lighthouses and witches. She is unstinting in including the unflattering and critical emails she receives from readers. The book stops very suddenly, after just over a year of entries. For the reader, this is rather a cliff-hanger, as a crucial meeting of the proprietors is about to take place when the entries cease.
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However, I don't think that it is a spoiler to say that a quick Google reveals that as of today, 'The Lady' is still being published and Rachel Johnson is still editor. If you want a Who's Who of the glitterati, a exercise in self promotion and a quick gallop through the basics of magazine editorship, then this is your book.
A number of her sacked staff are writing books about her management style, and in true soap opera form, I am tempted to search them out. I might also glance at a new copy of 'The Lady', which is surely Ms Johnson's aim.
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Reviewer: Clare Reddaway. Summary: Boris Johnson's ball-busting sister leaves a trail of fire and shattered careers as she tries to drag the venerable institution of 'The Lady' into the 21st century. Date: September We shall range from the state of mathematics in England at the beginning of the 18th century to the transformations of the mathematics that was published in The Diary over years, including the leading role The Ladies' Diary played in the early development of British mathematics periodicals, to finally an account of how progress in mathematics and its journals began to overtake The Diary in Victorian Britain.
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