The Lady (magazine)
First issue of The Lady, February 19, 1885
|Founder||Thomas Gibson Bowles|
|Company||The Lady Magazine Ltd|
The Lady is Britain's longest-running weekly women's magazine. It has been in continuous publication since 1885 and is based in London. It is particularly notable for its classified advertisements for domestic service and child care; it also has extensive listings of holiday properties.
History and profile
Bowles gave the Mitford girls' father (David Freeman-Mitford, 2nd Baron Redesdale) his first job: general manager of the magazine. Early contributors included Nancy Mitford and Lewis Carroll, who compiled a puzzle for the title.
In November 2008, Bowles' great grandson, Ben Budworth, took the reins as publisher on behalf of the family and set about modernising its style. As part of this process, Budworth appointed Rachel Johnson as the magazine's ninth editor in September 2009 she took over from Arline Usden who became an editor at large. A Channel 4 programme, The Lady and the Revamp, screened in March 2010, followed the new editor in her quest to raise awareness of the magazine and increase circulation.
Matt Warren was appointed the tenth editor in January 2012. In November 2013, he was named Editor of the Year (Women's Brand Weekly or Fortnightly) by the British Society of Magazine Editors. In 2014, he was Highly Commended in the Editor of the Year category at the PPA Independent Publisher Awards. The following year, the magazine was shortlisted for Consumer Magazine of the Year at the PPA Awards (the winner will be announced in July). The magazine specialises in quirky, entertaining and informative features and quality writing.
Sam Taylor became the magazine's eleventh editor in August 2015.
In popular culture
The popular television series Downton Abbey mentions The Lady more than once in the context of advertising for ladies' maids and housekeepers. In Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch, a character advertises in The Lady for a nanny.
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- "Can you crack Lewis Carroll's Syzygies". The Lady. Retrieved 5 September 2015.
- Brook, Stephen (20 July 2009). "Rachel Johnson appointed as editor of the Lady". The Guardian. Retrieved 24 January 2010.
- Luft, Oliver (27 May 2009). "Editor Arline Usden leaves the Lady". The Guardian. Retrieved 11 June 2017.
- Barton, Laura (2010-03-18). "The Lady and the Revamp: can Boris Johnson's sister save the day?". the Guardian. Retrieved 2017-06-11.
- "The man who edits The Lady describes taking 130-year-old from 'pantomime dame' to 'serious enterprise' – Press Gazette". www.pressgazette.co.uk. Retrieved 2017-06-11.
- "The Lady names editor - News Article - DIARY directory". www.diarydirectory.com. Retrieved 2017-06-11.
- White, Lesley (24 January 2010). "The Lady and the Riachel Johnson revamp". The Times. Retrieved 24 January 2010.
- Weathers, Helen (26 November 2010). "The proprietor of The Lady has been keeping a scandalous secret... Her husband's illegitimate daughter". Daily Mail. Retrieved 21 February 2017.