Shelf Life

Graydon Carter and Anna Scott at this year's Vanity Fair Oscars party. Image: Getty

Shelf Life: Graydon Carter

5 December 2012 9:23

Editor of Vanity Fair, Graydon Carter, is this week’s Shelf Lifer. He reveals a predilection for Herman Wouk, an in…

Shelf Life: Iain (M) Banks

7 November 2012 15:34

Scottish novelist Iain (M) Banks is this week’s Shelf Life provocateur. He tells us how he likes to test his…

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Shelf Life: Judy Finnigan

31 October 2012 9:00

Judy Finnigan tells us which Dane she’d take on holiday, which book she found in her mother’s bedside drawer and…

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Shelf Life: Anton du Beke

24 October 2012 12:32

Stalwart of Strictly, winner of Rear of the Year 2011 and author of B is for Ballroom: Be Your Own…

Ol Parker with his wife Thandie Newton at the premiere of 'The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel'. He is this week's Shelf Lifer. Image: Getty.

Shelf Life: Ol Parker

17 October 2012 12:12

Screenwriter for The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and now promoting his latest film Now Is Good starring Dakota Fanning and…

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Shelf Life: James Naughtie

10 October 2012 16:45

James Naughtie explains why he’d give Scoop to a lover, confesses which books by another BBC luminary he does his…

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Shelf Life: Roger Moore

3 October 2012 16:02

A few surprising revelations from this week’s esteemed Shelf Lifer, as Roger Moore tells us which literary character he’d sleep…

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Shelf Life: Kate Tempest

12 September 2012 13:34

Kate Tempest started out as a 16-year-old rapper in London. Now she performs the spoken word, reading her poetry, rhymes and prose…

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Shelf Life: Patrick Hennessey

5 September 2012 12:25

Patrick Hennessey was a founder member of the Junior Officers’ Reading Club, formed when the Grenadier Guards toured Iraq in…

Olivier Awards 2012 - Press Room

Shelf Life: Freddie Fox

22 August 2012 11:23

Not only will you be able to catch Freddie Fox this month in the BBC’s mega drama Parade’s End (also starring Rebecca…

The Orange Prize For Fiction

Shelf Life: Nell Freudenberger

8 August 2012 9:15

Nell Freudenberger is one of the brightest young novelists in America, and she takes the Shelf Life hot seat this week.…

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Shelf Life: Anne Enright

25 July 2012 11:47

Winner of the 2007 Man Booker Prize, Anne Enright is on this week’s Shelf Life. She tells us which book…

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Shelf Life: Tamsin Greig

18 July 2012 18:10

Tamsin Greig is so busy at the moment that Debbie Aldridge, the character she plays in The Archers, has to…


Shelf Life: Richard Bean

11 July 2012 9:30

This week’s Shelf Lifer is Richard Bean. The British playwright recently won joint best new play at the Evening Standard…

Shelf Life: Cityboy

4 July 2012 13:00

Geraint Anderson still has an axe to grind. Filthy lucre is corrupting public life, and the City’s casino banks continue…


Shelf Life special: The Skidelskys

28 June 2012 17:15

Robert and Edward Skidelsky have written a new book for our times, How Much Is Enough? The Love of Money,…


Shelf Life: Samantha Brick

27 June 2012 12:00

Journalist and former TV producer, Samantha Brick was recently castigated for her Daily Mail article suggesting that some might be…

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Shelf Life: Taki

20 June 2012 18:30

This week’s Shelf Life stars our very own Taki, the Spectator’s infamous High Life correspondent. As you’d expect, he has…


Shelf Life: Paul Daniels

7 June 2012 15:15

Paul Daniels, whose first name is actually Newton, is this week’s Shelf Lifer. He tells us what he’s reading at…