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.
''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.
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