Elena Bowes

New York-London travel writer of a certain vintage looking for meaning and wholeness in life

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3 weeks ago
Claire Tomalin: Writing a Life - Elena Bowes

I caught up with English author and biographer Claire Tomalin about her best-selling memoir A Life of My Own. I loved it and can’t recommend it highly enough. Still working, the 85-year-old author shared her thoughts on moving on from sadness, finding love late in life (she married playwright and author Michael Frayn in 1993 when they were both 60) and her favourite London libraries.

I caught up with English author and biographer Claire Tomalin about her best-selling memoir A Life of My Own. I loved it and can’t recommend it highly enough. Still working, the 85-year-old author shared her thoughts on moving on from sadness, finding love late in life (she married playwright and ...

3 weeks ago
John Bercow, Shouting for ‘Order’ Amid Chaos, Is Brexit’s Surprise Star and Villain

Between the fiasco that is Brexit on one side of the pond and the longest government shutdown in the US’s history on the other, sometimes I just want to crawl under the sheets and look at New Yorker cartoons.
For others in want of a momentary escape, I recommend Ellen Barry’s humorous article in The New York Times about Parliament’s - small in stature large in confidence and annoyance factor - Speaker of the House John Bercow. While the health minister has called Bercow a ‘stupid sanctimonious dwarf,’ a French radio station begs to differ, awarding Bercow ‘European of the ... See more

Speaker John Bercow has overturned precedent to give the British Parliament a bigger role in Brexit.

4 weeks ago
New Year's Resolution - Done + Dusted - Elena Bowes

New story... http://bit.ly/NYResolutionsDone

Be nicer. So simple, and yet so not. That NY’s Resolution lasted a day. I won’t go into what happened – Stretch has already had far too much airtime. Why bother having a resolution at all, one might ask? Old habits die hard. When I was young, my father used to go around the dinner...

1 month ago
Step Inside a Manhattan Couple's Sublime Seaside Oasis

A recent design story ...http://bit.ly/SublimeSeasideOasis

Designers Jenny Robson and Amy Leonard of Robson Leonard Design took cues from nature to create incredible interiors for this New England getaway.

2 months ago
A Room of OUR Own - Living with Stretch - Elena Bowes

Let me just give you a typical weekend... http://bit.ly/LivingWithStretch

Loose Ends by Devorah Blachor. Sign This Before You say A Word – I loved this humorous article in the NYT. A wife writes the terms upon which her husband can tell her about his day, the terms are binding and in effect the minute he steps over the threshold of their shared domicile. One...

2 months ago
The Madonna of the Mountains

Earlier this year I wrote about The Madonna of the Mountains, a book by my dear friend Elise Valmorbida. The Madonna of the Mountains is on the national fiction shortlist for the prestigious Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards 2019. I wholeheartedly recommend this book if you are looking for a great story to get lost in. For all those so inclined, please take a moment to cast a vote in the peoples choice award here: https://wheelercentre.wufoo.com/forms/peoples-choice-award/

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2 months ago
Opinion | An Introvert’s Guide to Friendship

I like this article because the author Sarah Ruhl points out how friendships rarely get written about because of their very nature - they are calm and loving and can last for years. No drama. And yet, friendships are what sustains many of us. They are my oxygen. I adore them. Friends are for life, not just for Christmas. I always feel better after a good meal or a long walk chatting with my closest girlfriends. We cover life’s essentials and nonessentials. It’s effortless. Conversely I remember a boyfriend where there was always drama. He excelled at playing hard to get, a quality I have ... See more

What my student taught me about one of life’s most important relationships.

2 months ago
'Aroused' Author Randi Hutter Epstein Makes Science Easy to Understand & Fascinating - Elena Bowes

If you had to single out your favourite hormone, which would it be? Why? Randi Hutter Epstein Author #Aroused #hormones http://bit.ly/ElenaAroused

I am not a science person. It was always my worst subject at school. Even the easy classes were hard. So it was with a slight unease that I picked up my friend Randi Hutter Epstein’s latest book, Aroused, the History of Hormones and How They Control Just About Everything. Fortunately, Randi is a g...

2 months ago
Treasures from Classic London Club Annabel's Are Going Up for Auction

I recently had the opportunity to speak with Nina Campbell who was not only an Annabel’s devotee, but helped decorate the illustrious club with its talented owner, the late Mark Birley. Nina had wonderful stories to tell. Annabel's Mayfair Nina Campbell http://bit.ly/2Al9YUT

Everything—from the iconic Bodhisattva to a porcelain urinal—must go.

3 months ago
Review | For eight years, Michelle Obama watched every word. In her memoir, she’s done with that.

Who doesn’t love Michelle Obama? After reading this article in the Washington Post (see below) about her touching and honest memoir, Becoming, I love her even more. Sadly, she has no political ambitions. In her memoir, Obama talks about everything from her deep love for her disabled father who died in 1991to the racist slurs she had to endure as First Lady. When called “an angry black women”, she writes how she wanted to ask her detractors, which word mattered to them the most. Is it ‘angry’ or ‘black’ or ‘woman’?

Points that struck me in the book: how important our ... See more

The former first lady doesn’t tiptoe around the ugly stuff in “Becoming.”