Lacking the authoritarian discipline of her peers, Selfridges' head of fashion, Miss Flora Bunting, is timid, competent, and kind to her staff. Her kindness will come in handy when she most needs a helping hand.
A veteran of British television with an extensive list of theatre credits to her name, Pippa Hawood is perhaps best known in England for her role in the longtime British comedy series The Brittas Empire. Working in drama and comedy alike, she is presently starring in BBC One's drama series, Prisoners' Wives. MASTERPIECE viewers may recognize her from her roles in The Inspector Lynley mystery Missing Joseph and the Hercule Poirot mystery A Cat Among the Pigeons. Off stage and screen, the mother of two young daughters was so moved by the plight of Afghan refugees in the crisis that ensued after the September 11, 2001 attacks that she approached many leading names in the arts -- JK Rowling, Seamus Heaney, Joanna Lumley, Nick Hornby and more -- and compiled a collection, Poems for Refugees, with the celebrities' chosen poems and their personal statements sharing the reasons for their choices.
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