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From homeless teen to millionaire with a mansion, bestselling author MELANIE BLAKE’s extraordinary rise to the top has been packed with more drama than her bonkbuster novels, as she tells Julia Llewellyn Smith  When Melanie Blake was a child, in Stockport, Greater Manchester, ‘chubby with glasses and dirt poor’, she used...
Alan Titchmarsh
The secret to a happy garden? Great soil. Here’s how to improve yours... To most people, soil is just dirt. But to plants, it’s life or death. Whether you garden on clay, sand or chalk, it affects what will grow well. And unless you’re lucky and have naturally good ground, it’s likely...
Bored by yet another rushed sandwich? Bill Granger, the man behind the legendary Granger & Co restaurants, has turned lunch into the most delicious dish of the day with these recipes.  Grilled cheese and kimchi open sandwich recipe A perfect mix of Eastern and Western flavours: bubbling cheese on toast with kimchi is...
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Transform your garden into a thriving haven for bees, birds and butterflies with these easy ideas. The past 50 years have seen a gradual role reversal. Nowadays, it’s often the countryside that is highly manicured, and it’s gardens that wildlife rely on for a living. The popularity of garden ponds has meant a huge...
Rochelle Bugg was 25 when she gave up her job and freedom to nurse her dying mother. She explains how it was the most rewarding – and heartbreaking – experience of her life. The silence in the car was deafening as we pulled away from Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge. What...
Alan Titchmarsh
Alan Titchmarsh learned to garden at his grandfather’s knee. He reveals here how the natural world has healed, surprised and delighted him for more than seven decades. In my family album there’s a photograph of my grandfather Herbert Hardisty leading me through rows of sweet peas on his allotment by...
YOU’s resident astrologer Sally Brompton reveals your horoscope for 1st-7th March 2021. So, what does the week have in store? SCORPIO 24 Oct-22 Nov It’s time to get serious about money matters and business issues you’ve been neglecting. As Mars moves to focus on assets and property, you may have to get...
We’re getting there, everyone. Spring is in the air. Millions have been vaccinated. The plans are in place to open everything again. Soon we will hug everyone we love. But while we all rush to get back to normal, there are actually a few things from pandemic living that I...
If, like me, you want to move your wardrobe on from winter’s more sombre shades but still stay warm, try slipping on some of the season’s pastel-coloured – faux or real – leathers. Fresh and pretty, these soft hues are the hottest look for leather this spring. The go-to trench...
JENNY PACKHAM has dressed the world’s most famous women at crucial moments in their lives. She reveals how, with a sprinkling of sequins and the confidence to shine, anyone can look this glamorous.  Helen Mirren, Reese Witherspoon, Uma Thurman, Cameron Diaz, Angelina Jolie, Emily Blunt... the list of designer Jenny Packham’s A-list...

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