Mix and match ... Kathy Lette and Geoffrey Robertson in their London home. Photo: Julian Andrews
Kathy Lette may be willing to discuss intimate details of her sex life, but she airs only clean linen in the privacy of her kitchen.
A drying rack by a window overlooking the large garden at Lette's north London home is festooned with the odd pair of knickers, though, sadly, not the corgi suit she wore to meet the Queen last year.
The author of Puberty Blues and pun-filled chick-lit books such as Foetal Attraction, Lette is famously gauche.
Kathy Lette loves to entertain in the kitchen. Kathy Lette loves to entertain in the kitchen. Photo: Julian Andrews

She booked a lesbian feminist stripper for Salman Rushdie's stag night, took author and barrister John Mortimer to a lap-dancing club for his 80th birthday and amused the Queen with that outfit decorated with corgis wearing crowns.
Like many expatriates, the 54-year-old is fiercely proud of her homeland, despite leaving two decades ago after meeting her husband, the human rights barrister Geoffrey Robertson, in 1989 on the set of his ABC TV series, Hypothetical, in Brisbane. She is often critical of her adoptive country, starting with its architecture.
''It's very uptight, these tense tenements, and they're packed in tightly to their sides like that,'' she says, arms held rigidly to her sides.
Lette's house in Hampstead, opposite a convent and colonic irrigation clinic, stands apart from the tightly packed terraces nearby.
''I bought this house because it's got a nice middle-aged spread to it,'' she says. ''It's unusual in England to have a house that goes sideways. It's got an Australian feel to it, don't you think?''
Bookended by large windows overlooking a gravel driveway in front and a backyard shaded by a weeping willow, the lounge room has a spaciousness missing from many London houses.