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A life in balance: why we can live it mindfully – Lucy Cleland, Editorial Director, Country & Town House

About This Episode

Michael speaks to editor and founding director of Country & Town House, Lucy Cleland the monthly magazine and go-to destination for trusted, inspiring and uplifting content – described as ‘diverse’, ‘beautifully presented’ and ‘essential’. This is an interview about ‘the good life’ and the approach the magazine takes to help people live it, involving mindfulness, connecting with nature and living ethically. Lucy also offers her views on the magazine and media industry in 2020, how she has pivoted the magazine in an increasingly digital world, and what the pandemic has done to help us uncover the best of Britain.

Lucy Cleland

Founding editor of Country & Town House, Lucy Cleland has been in the glossy magazine business for around 20 years, and divides her time between the glamour of Acton and the mud and wellies of the New Forest with her husband and two children. She founded Country & Town House with her husband back in 2007, a year before the huge financial crash – originally launched as Country House, before rebranding. Sustainability is also a passion of Lucy’s and this summer, she pledged that 25% of the magazine’s content would reflect the ways we should learn to live – whether that’s the brands we buy, how we consume things or the way we travel.

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Lockdown List

What is a book that has changed your life?

Sitopia by Carolyn Steel

What are you watching in lockdown?

Portrait of a Lady on Fire – although it’s the first film I’ve watched in months!

What is your lockdown soundtrack?

Soon You’ll Get better – Taylor Swift

I Have Nothing – Whitney Houston

Motherland – Natalie Merchant

Love – Lana del Rey

Me and Julio – Paul Simon


in one sentence, describe your new normal.

More fit yet strangely more fat… How does that work?!

Who is your biggest inspiration and why?

My best friends – for different reasons.

What is your best tip for life ?

Sometimes you only know where you’re going when you’ve got there – be open to the ride.

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