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COUPLES IN LOCKDOWN HOW WE STAYED SANE: Giles Coren and Esther Walker

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TIMES TALKS are a series of special 30-minute online events, launched during January 2021 to keep subscribers company during lockdown. We pulled together a selection of your favourite columnists from The Times and The Sunday Times to help you stay entertained and well informed. This event took place on Thursday, March 11, 2021.

Giles and Esther have entertained us throughout the lockdown(s) with their honest reflections on family life through both their regular column and their fantastic podcast, Giles Coren has no idea where they knock around possible suggestions for topics for Giles's weekly column. Here is a chance to settle down with them and find out just what it is like in the Coren's household, how (and if) they stayed sane along with how to find lightness in dark times.

Giles Coren is a restaurant critic and columnist who has been writing for The Times since 1993. A previous winner of British Press Awards food and drink writer of the year, he was also named the restaurant writer of the year at the Fortnum and Mason Awards in 2016. As well as an award-winning journalist, Giles is a television presenter and author and hosts a weekly show on Times Radio 1-4pm on a Friday.

Esther Walker is a successful journalist and together with Giles writes their Staying in with the Corens column which has featured in The Times regularly throughout the last year of lockdowns. 

Listen to the latest episode of Giles Coren has no idea here. Each week Giles finds himself with no idea what to write about in his weekly column. Having read all the papers and found nothing of interest whatsoever, he takes a break and does the school run. That’s where his wife and fellow journalist Esther Walker comes in. Upon his return, Esther has half a dozen ideas she’s spotted ready to knock around with him over the kitchen table and a much needed pot of coffee.