Describe your stock and/or specialities.  I specialise in fine and rare books on the art and culture of the 20th Century, with a strong focus on Cecil Beaton and the Bright Young Things, Photography and Fashion.

What or who brought you to this world?  My uncle John Collins, when he was at Maggs.

When are you at your happiest?  On holiday with my family.

What is the strangest question you have ever been asked?  There are so many that I always mean to start writing them down, but then, like jokes, I forget them. “Are these books for sale?” comes up quite a lot.

What is your most treasured possession?  My phone. I broke it recently and felt sadly lost.

If you could invite anyone, current or historical, who would attend your dream dinner party?  Cecil Beaton, Rex Whistler, my husband Nick, Patti Smith, Van Eyck and Dolly Parton.

What is the most amazing item you have owned/sold and why?  Trading as Beaux Books it would have to be Sacheverell Sitwell’s copy of Cecil Beaton’s first book The Book of Beauty. It was beautifully inscribed by Beaton to Sitwell and found it’s way to the perfect owner.

What is your favourite piece of music?  Faithless – Insomnia.

What trait do you most deplore in others?  Lateness (although I’m guilty of it too).

Alternative career?  Interior Designer.

What is your secret vice?  That’s a secret.

What would you like your epitaph to say?  I’m not sure that’s for me to decide.

One secret for success?  Do what you enjoy.

Do you collect yourself? If yes, what and why?  Sporadically, but nothing stays with me for long. I’m always on the lookout for biographies on the artists I cover.

Your favourite bibliography or reference source (book or digital)?  The National Art Library at the V&A.





Cecil Beaton’s first book The Book of Beauty