Brigit Grant

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By Brigit Grant, October 25, 2012

I have thought about attaching a “Keep Out” sign to my bathroom door, but “Enter at Your Peril” is probably more appropriate. Like a slovenly teenager trying to hide a messy bedroom from his mum, my bathroom is no longer a sight for the faint-hearted — particularly my own mother who keeps a duster rather than a hankie in her handbag.


Time to get back to Biba

By Brigit Grant, October 18, 2012

I’ve always been rather keen on wellingtons and will never forget my favourite pair. Long, bronze with golden flecks, I loved them and kept them by my bed so I could look fashionable in a sudden flood.


Tempest storms River Island

By Brigit Grant, October 12, 2012

Following in the swishy steps of such revered creators as Jimmy Choo and Karl Lagerfeld, it is now the turn of rising British star William Tempest to dip his toe in the high street with a capsule collection for River Island.


Stay radiant - the products

By Brigit Grant, October 12, 2012

All the products to keep you radiant all winter long.

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Stay radiant all winter long

By Brigit Grant, October 12, 2012

There are only 16 days left of what we laughingly call British summertime, which means approximately 384 hours before I turn green. Not a vivid forest green like the Wicked Witch of the West, but a watery shade of asparagus that makes me look tired and unwell. It’s the price I pay for being olive skinned. Bronze in summer; a stuffed-cabbage coloured in winter.


Idina Menzel: Streisand, Hamlisch and me

By Brigit Grant, October 4, 2012

As she waits in the wings at London’s Apollo Theatre on Monday night, Idina Menzel will be a little more anxious than usual. Not about her performance, for the Tony-award winning star of Wicked is more at home on the stage than anywhere else and never fails to bring a rapturous audience to their feet. But this UK tour is different because she is doing it without Marvin.


Fifty Shades and a frum fanbase

By Brigit Grant, August 9, 2012

Consider this. Jews have a history of being on the move, yet few Jewish women know how to pack. You'd think the perpetual transit of our ancestors would have taught us something about travelling light, but trolleys creaking under the weight of stacked Samsonites at El Al check-in desks says it didn't.


Family discovers Jewish roots in BBC's Turn Back Time show

By Brigit Grant, June 21, 2012

Ian Golding has never really liked asking questions about his family history. He just was not interested.

“My dad tried many times to tell me about it, but like a lot of people from my generation I could never be bothered to listen,” admits Ian, who felt that “from somewhere in Poland” was all he needed to know about his roots.


Leonard Bernstein, my wonderful dad

By Brigit Grant, June 14, 2012

Saturday September 8 1962
“Today is my 10th birthday and Daddy and I drove to Coney Island together. It was just him and me and we went on all the scary rides. We rode the horses on the Steeplechase, did the parachute jump, went up on the Wonder Wheel and the rollercoaster, and we had Nathan’s hot dogs. We just had the greatest time ever.”


Everything you always want to know about Woody Allen

By Brigit Grant, June 8, 2012

When Letty Aronson was a little girl, her brother used her in his magic act. Not to pass the props or hold the rabbit, but to distract the audience’s attention from whatever the boy magician — one Allen Konigsberg — was doing.


Being Leonard Cohen's son - it's not all hallelujahs

By Brigit Grant, March 29, 2012

There is a quiz on the internet that lets Leonard Cohen fans measure the intensity of their admiration for the musician and poet.


The strange case of the Jewish private eye

By Brigit Grant, November 10, 2011

Fictional Jewish detectives are a rare breed.


Interview: Mark Thomas

By Brigit Grant, June 27, 2011

Sitting on the train reading comedian Mark Thomas's book, Extreme Rambling: Walking Israel's Barrier, I'm approached by a young woman who wants to know where to get it. "I'm a fan," she says, "and so is my brother, who lives in Israel. I think it will be interesting, not that there'll be any surprises. He is so pro-Palestinian."


Interview: Emma Forrest

By Brigit Grant, March 24, 2011

Jane Austen had a lucky escape. If she had written Sense and Sensibility today, a quick web search by those unacquainted with her work would reveal her to be a spinster who rejected her only suitor and still lived at home with her mother. "What could she possibly know about romance?", they would be chirping on Twitter.


The peace will hold, says Anwar Sadat's widow

By Brigit Grant, March 3, 2011

It is the photograph that means more to Anwar Sadat's widow than any other. A family portrait taken on the eve of the former Egyptian president's departure to Israel to address the Knesset on November 19 1977. A landmark moment for the Middle East, and for his wife who was convinced she would never see him again.


Review: Intuition

By Brigit Grant, May 27, 2010

By Allegra Goodman
Atlantic Books

With my own experience of laboratory life confined to the dissection of an unfortunate frog during double biology 30 years ago, a novel about medical research did not immediately spark my Bunsen.

As appreciative as I am of the remarkable efforts of - in particular - medical scientists, 344 pages of test-tube division and the splaying of rodent organs was strictly Lancet or BMJ material --- or so I thought.