Lenny Letter


Thrilled that THE SIX is here. My thanks to the great Lena Dunham and Jennifer Konner…

Hillside Animal Sanctuary

Hillside are the most amazing charity. They obtained evidence, leading to a conviction, of cruelty in a slaughterhouse. Extraordinary brave people. Plus they home about 2000 rescued animals. Plus their patron is Martin Shaw!!!



League against Cruel Sports

This is pretty upsetting. Undercover heroes at LACS have found evidence of cub hunting. People still hunt like mad round where I grew up in rural Bucks.


My dedicatee: Louis the well-beloved

A couple of weeks after I finished Take Six Girls/The Six, my beloved dog Louis died. He was eighteen (Italian greyhounds can be wonderfully long-lived) and I had acquired him as an unwanted show puppy. I spent his last day holding him, giving him water through a dropper and taking him outside for a last look at the sun.

So I dedicated the book to him. It was very typical of his cool, mysterious temperament that he waited for me to finish before he died.

‘The well-beloved’ was of course the epithet attached to Louis XV, whom Nancy Mitford wrote about in her marvellous biography of Madame de Pompadour (and had rather a crush on; like all the Frenchmen that she wrote about, she implicitly compared him with her own lover Gaston Palewski).