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January 2023 In brief
“I AM WHO I AM” Emma Thompson • At 63, the Oscar-winning actress is not only at the height of her acting career, she’s a fabulous role model for women, exploding taboos around sex, motherhood and body image.
“HOW DID WE END UP HERE?” • It’s hard to believe the brothers who were once each other’s touchstones are now barely speaking. But as Harry and Meghan continue to peddle their “truth” with little regard for family loyalty, can there be any hope of reconciliation? The Weekly’s royal correspondent unpicks the heartache and the healing.
SISTERS OF SURF • In the once blokey world of surf clubs, women are building unbreakable bonds of friendship and support. And the resulting groundswell of improved confidence and courage is flowing down into all aspects of their professional and personal lives.
JELENA DOKIC “There’s always a light at the end of a tunnel” • In a powerful interview the former tennis star turned TV commentator tells The Weekly about her journey to hell and back and reveals why Australia is not just her home, it’s her heart.
Caught in the net of a catfish • Fake celebrities, fake love, real terror, real torture and lives destroyed. Lydia Abdelmalek’s crime was so intricate and strange that it defied the law. Until she went too far.
‘I don’t like being defined’ - Radha mitchell • As the Aussie actress returns home to shoot an oceanic adventure, Radha Mitchell speaks openly about confronting her greatest fears and finding freedom.
The CARDINAL and THE SPY • A mysterious femme fatale, eye-watering bills from Italy’s designer boutiques, links to international spies and shady underworld figures – all this has featured in the Vatican’s ‘trial of the century’.
“The GREATEST BLESSING” • Queensland teenager Asha Morris was the first cancer patient in the world to undergo groundbreaking surgery with a 3D printed implant. Today this inspiring young woman is happy, healthy and taking her first steps towards a dream career in medicine.
Michelle Obama The healing power of knitting • Facing stress, anxiety and helplessness during the pandemic the former First Lady turned to knitting. She tells The Weekly how it helped and shares other lessons from her insightful new book.
The stories behind the gowns • Before she was to marry the future King of England, Lady Diana Spencer was a shy young debutante with a sparse – and far from designer – wardrobe. Now a new book traces her style journey from ingenue to icon and the moments that led to the most famous dress of all time.
The book is back • Just a couple of years ago, pundits were predicting the death of the book, but instead it’s thriving, propelled in part by an online army of avid and effusive readers.
Late night adventure • Forget a rendition of Auld Lang Syne, our columnist has discovered a far more exciting way to bring in the New Year.
There’s something about Mary • She’s the Cambridge don who became an unlikely TV star, unravelling the wonders of classical history. As Dame Mary Beard prepares to come to Australia for a thrilling exhibition celebrating the power of women, she talks to The Weekly about winning the battle to be heard.
Travels with my aunt • Last year Maddison Leach accompanied her famous aunt, Valerie Taylor, on one of her final dives. It was an experience that changed her forever.
A day to remember • His life has been documented in the pages of The Weekly for 36 years. Now, it’s Ruff Red’s time for a new chapter.
YOUR STARS for 2023 • The Weekly’s astrologist, Lilith Rocha, is here to help you navigate the year ahead as she interprets...