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Saving Grace and The Lady and the Revamp

Saturday 22 March 2014

1 Hour


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Editor of The Lady and author Rachel Johnson is reunited with Paul Blezard, the literary editor she was famously seen to sack in a Channel 4 fly-on-the wall documentary, The Lady and the Revamp, made shortly after her arrival in 2009. Things could get heated as the pair lock horns over the past. Johnson produced her own story of her first year as editor, A Diary of The Lady, My First Year as Editor, in which she describes how she was brought in by the owner to give the traditional magazine a makeover to help it to compete with modern women’s magazines. Blezard, meanwhile, has written his own fictional account of his time at the magazine, Saving Grace, which he describes as a comic novel in the tradition of P G Wodehouse and Tom Sharpe. The novel has been pitched on the author crowdfunding website, Unbound, and will be published when the target number of pledges have been met.

Johnson is known for her wickedly funny novels, The Mummy Diaries, Notting Hell and its sequel Shire Hell – winner of the Literary Review’s infamous Bad Sex in Fiction Award in 2008. Blezard hosted Between the Lines on Oneword radio for nine years, during which time he interviewed more than 1,600 authors. He regularly interviews authors at literary festivals at home and abroad, including at the FT Weekend Oxford Literary Festival.