Sam Leith

Grooming

The pomade obsessive

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

Sports day

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

The Fourth of June

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

The fashion blogger

An overbearing father tries to coerce his fashionista son into a City career, but will stocks or frocks come out on top?
Art

The portrait

A barrister is flattered into sitting for a Royal Academician, but should he have canvassed opinion before agreeing?
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Home Accessories

The cleaner

When the home help’s free and easy way with the scourers rubs her employer up the wrong way, he turns to dirty tricks…
Clothing

The Valentine gift

A financier’s “office wife” keeps buying prescient presents for his real wife on his behalf, but are they sending the right message?
Art

The endowment

When a discreet donor funds a new arts centre, will ego or distaste for vulgar ostentation win the wing-naming day?
Beauty

The 60th birthday

A loving wife whisks her husband away for a celebratory spa weekend – but will her best-laid plans backfire?
Wellbeing

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?
Boats

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?
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
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