27 Jan '13, 11am

In the Observer this week, I've been reading the great Dickensian story of the £200 handbag trick.

Having been on a reading jag for the past couple of weeks, I am brimming with book recommendations. Unfortunately, according to newspaper tradition, people only ever want to see those lists in December and July. I will tell you, however, that Rupert Everett's latest volume of autobiography, Vanished Years , contains the lines: "On my way home I pop into one of my favourite bars for a drink before dinner. Unbeknownst to me, it is Nude Sunday." If you don't want to read on after those words, I can't help you. Alongside that gripping work, I have raced through four novels, three memoirs and the picaresque tale of Pippa Middleton 's handbag. That last story was published episodically, like 19th-century Dickens. And, like 19th-century Dickens, it veered between wealth and poverty, glamour and gloom, shimmering with dramatic twists and silly names. Teasingly, with a masterful co...

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