Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

My London JOAN COLLINS; the Actress and Novelist Lists Shopping as Her Hobby and Chooses Frette for Sheets, Manolo Blahnik Shoes and Pulbrook & Gould Flowers

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

My London JOAN COLLINS; the Actress and Novelist Lists Shopping as Her Hobby and Chooses Frette for Sheets, Manolo Blahnik Shoes and Pulbrook & Gould Flowers

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Byline: BELINDA BUCKLEY

Where do you live and why?

I live in New York, because I love it, and the South of France, near Port Grimaud, because it is the most divine place to be in the summer.

How long have you lived there?

In New York for two years and the South of France for 12.

What advice would you give to a tourist?

Don't get mugged.

What is your earliest London memory?

Coming out of the Tube station as a young child and seeing my aunt's flat in Marble Arch destroyed by the bombings in the Blitz.

What do you miss most when you're out of London?

Black cabs - they really are the best taxis in the world - and the luxury of having milk and newspapers delivered to one's front door.

What would you do if you were Mayor for the day?

Make the green light coming into Trafalgar Square from The Mall last longer: currently the red light lasts over a minute, which holds up traffic down The Mall horribly, while the green light is only on for 13 seconds - it's iniquitous.

What is your life philosophy?

Life is a banquet and most poor suckers are starving to death; enjoy each day to the utmost, don't worry about tomorrow too much, and don't sweat the small stuff.

How do you get around town?

I am a heavy user of Computer Cab (although they let me down three times in one day this week) for booking black cabs or a chauffeured car. I hate driving in London.

Which fragrance do you wear?

Joan's Way, a new fragrance by me for me - it's a wonderfully subtle, spicy, sensual and exotic scent which I hope will be coming out next year.

What are your current projects?

My new novel, Misfortune's Daughters, has just been published. It's a family saga filled with fascinating characters, many of whom the reader can identify with.

It took me three years to write and it's my most ambitious novel yet.

My husband, Percy Gibson, and I are working to produce a film of a novel called Eddie's Bastard, a coming-of-age story of a grandfather and his illegitimate grandson, and I am also working on a project for British television.

Bookworm

What was the last book you bought?

Nemesis, about the feud between Aristotle Onassis and the Kennedys, by Peter Evans. …

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