Hobsbawm Macaulay founder Julia Hobsbawm is made of sturdy stuff. A
matter of mere days after having given birth to her first child, she was
busy at her computer, recording her views on royal spin doctors and
suchlike for the Times’ Absolutely PR column.
And not to be outdone by the Royals, our Julia has chosen a mouthful of
a name for her little bundle of joy: Roman Theodore Alaric Hobsbawm
Bamping, no less. ’He’s Alaric Junior!’ she tells me, referring to her
partner, antiquarian bookseller Alaric Bamping.
And as if by PR magic, little Roman shares a birthday with Hobsbawm’s
business partner, Sarah Macaulay, who is soon to be betrothed to
Chancellor of the Exchequer Gordon Brown.
Explaining her post-natal urge to work, Hobsbawm refers back to the
original superwoman: ’I felt there was life in Shirley Conran yet.’ She
adds: ’PR is as mother’s milk to me as mother’s milk is to Roman.’
But then again, Hobsbawm’s colleagues at the agency tell me she’s not
expected back from maternity leave until February.
Steady on Julia.