Tuesday 24 April 2018

Jonathan Philbin Bowman: 'God but this woman is intelligent and interesting and accomplished'

Nigella Lawson
Nigella Lawson

Jonathan Philbin Bowman

In September 1999, the late journalist Jonathan Philbin Bowman interviewed Nigella Lawson at her London home. Her life then was far from the public drama being played out today in a London court. Jonathan was clearly entranced by the beautiful and intelligent Nigella. Here we revisit his report that we published at the time

'THE trouble with children is they don't flush." Nigella Lawson is the sort of cheerful host who would call out such a warning as you head off toward the bathroom. But not the sort of neurotic English ninny who would have frantically rushed around checking every bathroom in the house before answering the doorbell. She might be busy, but she's busy casual, not busy flustered.

I have arrived only half an hour late to her house. This was about two weeks ago and London was boiling, turning every taxi into a sauna, plus she had, through some mix-up, expected me an hour before. So in her books I was, maybe, an hour-and-a-half late. "You won't mind if, when you get here, I'm just finishing off a few things in the kitchen."

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