Sam Leith


The pomade obsessive

A financier is stricken when stocks of his trusted hair wax look shaky, but will it compromise his head for business?

The Fourth of June

Will unsporting skullduggery amid competitive parents send ripples through the rowing procession on Eton’s open day?

Sports day

Two dads battle it out in the all-competitive Fathers Race, but will the headmaster know when to draw the line?

The charity quiz

A City financier draws the battle lines over the raffle prize donations – but can he win the day?

The faith school

Pushy parents become churchgoers to get their son into the only good school left in the area, but will their prayers be answered?

The punting trip

A suitor fabricates a degree from Oxford and takes a scenic jaunt down the River Cherwell, but will his fibs drop him in it?

The eco-lodge

A honeymooner indulges his young bride’s yearning for treehouse adventure, but is he in too deep…

The music room

Could the tutor of a struggling young virtuoso be instrumental in a case of foul play?

The Christmas card

A mother refuses to let her daughter’s gap-year rebellion dampen her festive spirit – or ruin her family’s perfect image…

The tax avoider

An accountant’s cunning scheme to multiply his client’s tax relief with a cinematic investment gradually unspools…
Interior Design

The yacht fitter

A maker of bespoke nautical interiors decides it’s time to jump ship after being pushed one mirrored megayacht too far…

Burning Man festival

A couple join some new friends on a holiday in the Nevada desert – but will it become a baptism of fire?
Home Accessories

The au pair

An earl’s third wife gets more – and less – than she bargained for when she employs an eastern European temptress
Property & Architecture

Ghost town

When a Peckham-boy-done-good moves into his dream mansion in Mayfair, his neighbourly welcome isn’t as warm as expected…