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Alice Thomas Ellis was a novelist, controversialist and party hostess, but above all else a Catholic

The McMahon ‘pick’ represents a spreading of the net, though not perhaps a very dramatic one

St David’s Day is just one example of the great strength of Welsh traditions

Alice Thomas Ellis’s life was overshadowed by tragedy, and so makes great reading in this, the month of death

She was a highly significant writer, and nearly every important literary person passed through her kitchen

She was yet another lapsed Catholic estranged by ‘the Spirit of Vatican II’