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The Spectator’s 2014 Christmas subscription offer – our best ever

29 November 2014 10:00

The best Christmas offer has just arrived: a year’s full print and digital subscription to The Spectator, plus a free bottle of bubbly (or a £20 card to spend at Waitrose and John… Continue reading

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Forget genre: P.D. James wrote novels that are worth reading and re-reading

28 November 2014 13:22

P.D. James was the Queen Mother of crime fiction. Her career as a writer stretched over half a century, and her death at the age of 94 deprives the country… Continue reading

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John Gielgud as Hamlet: the first young poet-prince

Spectator books of the year: Roger Lewis on hating Sheridan Morley

17 November 2014 11:47

Sheridan Morley was an old enemy of mine, so I was thrilled to see him brilliantly denounced and called to account by Jonathan Croall in his first-class book about writing… Continue reading

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Sales of The Spectator in the first half of 2014

14 August 2014 13:51

I’m delighted to announce another strong set of figures for The Spectator. It’s still a pretty tough market out there for magazines but today, we’re reporting a headline print ABC… Continue reading

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Ian Fleming, James Bond and The Spectator

12 August 2014 10:30

It’s 50 years since the death of Ian Fleming and The Spectator has always taken James Bond seriously. The writer of the Spectator’s Notebook in 1962 went along eagerly to… Continue reading

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Morning kit inspection at a camp of the Ulster Volunteers Force, the unionist paramilitary force, at Ballywater on 12th July 1914. (Image: Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

‘Unity at home and strength abroad’. Britain prepares for WW1 by postponing Irish home rule

30 July 2014 17:57

The outbreak of war between Austria-Hungary and Serbia in July 1914 forced British politicians to postpone the Amending Bill for Irish home rule. This was momentous because Nationalists and Unionists had… Continue reading

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The West has drifted away from Israel — and itself

16 July 2014 9:18

Is Israel drifting away from the West? That was Hugo Rifkind’s claim in his column in the magazine last week. Hugo wrote: ‘Israel drifting away. Never mind whose fault it… Continue reading

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What to savour in this week’s Spectator

27 June 2014 18:46

The new issue of The Spectator is now out, chock-full of the best writing in the English language. Here are a few of my highlights. Damian Thompson argues that religion… Continue reading

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We’re hiring at The Spectator: arts editor and blogs editor wanted

12 June 2014 7:38

Those of you who read The Spectator mainly for its peerless arts coverage have Liz Anderson to thank for keeping up a formula of quality, variety, heft and zest. We’re… Continue reading

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When The Spectator helped butcher Richard Strauss

11 June 2014 10:34

To be honest I’m not certain that Michael Nyman, The Spectator‘s music critic in the late 60s, was one of the performers on this infamous (and in my opinion greatest)… Continue reading

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The joy of the Spectator’s ‘Portrait of the Week’

13 April 2014 17:53

It’s a gorgeous spring day, and I’ve been spending it reading an out-of-print history of The Spectator from 1828-1928. With out new online archive – which has scans of every… Continue reading

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Six books to leave unread when you die

12 April 2014 13:32

The recent challenge to compose the most off-putting book blurb imaginable elicited an avalanche of entries. This was one of those competitions that is both a pleasure and a pain… Continue reading

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Introducing Spectator Health

9 April 2014 13:25

I am very pleased to announce the imminent arrival of Spectator Health, a new magazine from the Spectator. As you can see from our new landing page, it will be… Continue reading

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The Speccie and The Staggers will go head to head at the Fortnum and Mason drinks writer of the year award.

Staggers Drawn at Fortnum & Mason Awards

9 April 2014 9:30

As the two leading British political weeklies, the Spectator and the New Statesman, have for many years enjoyed a relationship of jocular antagonism. This amiable sort of rivalry can been maintained as their differences… Continue reading

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"Her radiant, joyful smile so surprised me when she turned it on me, it made me laugh" - Jeremy Clarke on Clarissa Tan

Remembering Clarissa Tan, 1972-2014

31 March 2014 14:27

Our much-loved colleague, Clarissa Tan, passed away in the early hours of this morning. We’re all stunned here at 22 Old Queen Street – she had been fighting cancer for… Continue reading

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We're delighted to launch a beta version of The Spectator's responsive website today

Introducing The Spectator’s mobile-friendly website

27 March 2014 13:14

Ways to read the Spectator are evolving all the time and we’re today delighted to introduce a tablet- and smartphone-friendly version of our website. In technical terms, we’ve moved to a… Continue reading

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Peter Robins, The Spectator's chief sub editor. Photo: Alan Davidson.

The genius of the Spectator’s Peter Robins

26 March 2014 11:11

Some of the best journalists in Britain rarely, if ever, have their names in print. One of them is my colleague Peter Robins, the genius chief sub editor (or, technically,… Continue reading

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Alexander Chancellor, inventor of the modern Spectator, on his last day in the job. A 27-year-old political columnist, Charles Moore, was next up.

How I became editor of The Spectator (aged 27)

23 March 2014 17:44

Thirty years ago this weekend, I became editor of The Spectator. In the same month, the miners’ strike began, Anthony Wedgwood Benn (as the right-wing press still insisted on calling… Continue reading

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The Spectator website through the ages

14 March 2014 18:14

How has The Spectator weathered the first 25 years of the web? In Simon Courtauld’s excellent history of this magazine To Convey Intelligence 1928-1998, he explains how the magazine’s website… Continue reading

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Spectator Wine School: a roaring success

6 March 2014 12:48

We’re half way through our first ever eight-week Spectator Wine School. And since I had no part in the planning of it, I don’t feel in the slightest bit embarrassed… Continue reading

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Welcome to Culture House Daily

20 February 2014 7:50

From today, The Spectator’s gift for online enlightenment and trouble-making will now extend into the world of culture. Our aim is take the insurgent spirit of Toby Young’s Modern Review, and… Continue reading

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The Spectator – now read online by 1.3 million

13 February 2014 12:46

It’s that time of year again, where The Spectator‘s circulation figures are out – and our success continues. In October, I announced that we had more than one million unique visitors… Continue reading

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Shirley Temple has died at the age of 85. Here she is pictured in London in 1965. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)

Shirley Temple, 1928 – 2014, remembered in The Spectator

11 February 2014 11:44

Shirley Temple has died in California at the age of 85. She was known as America’s little darling after she appeared in her first film at the age of three.… Continue reading

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Spectator sport for Tory rebels

5 February 2014 12:58

The leading article in last week’s Spectator, which urged Tory rebels to stop rebelling for the sake of it, has upset many gentlemen of the shires/backwoodsmen. The right-wing rump believes… Continue reading

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The first Asians to be expelled from Uganda under the regime of Idi Amin in 1972 to arrive in England. (Photo by George W. Hales/Fox Photos/Getty Images)

The Spectator on Britain’s treatment of refugees

30 January 2014 14:51

The British government has said it will allow in some of Syria’s most vulnerable refugees. The Home Office hasn’t specified how many will be admitted but says it will probably… Continue reading

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