Diary: Lobbyist's lust for country life

Hats off to a masterful piece of media relations by Weber Shandwick Public Affairs MD Jon Macleod and his best-selling novelist wife Wendy Holden to promote her new book.

A piece written by Holden in last Friday's Times property supplement Bricks and Mortar lauds the young family's move one year on from the stress and bustle of London to the Derbyshire countryside. It weaves in a plug for her latest novel The Wives of Bath, about 'super-glam yummy mummies in the provinces'.

The article also offers an arresting insight into how one of London's shrewdest lobbyists likes to unwind in the country: 'People throw parties at the drop of a hat... an all-day boozeathon for someone's birthday ended with the host mounting an ornamental leather horse in the hallway, singing wildly and cracking the ancient oak floorboard with a whip.'

How drab the half-week world of political consultancy must seem at times.

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