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Spectator competition winners: Was Thomas Hardy a stalker?

23 April 2017 12:23

The call for letters from a fictional character to his, hers or its creator complaining about their portrayal brought in…

Books podcast: The British boarding school

21 April 2017 10:46

“The happiest days of your life?” This week in the Books Podcast I ask the authors of two recent books…

The BBC’s adaptation of Decline and Fall was near-perfect

15 April 2017 19:54

A politician once told me ‘You should try to remember to try to encourage us when we get things right…

Spectator competition winners: being dumped Alan Bennett-style

15 April 2017 11:00

The latest challenge was to submit a Dear John letter, in prose or verse, in the style of a well-known…

Edward Enninful’s first act should be to purge British Vogue of Sloaney sloths

13 April 2017 17:21

As far as I am concerned, British Vogue under its outgoing editor was complacent, borderline racist and lacked taste, therefore the benchmark for what…

Books Podcast: Rob Newman’s Neuropolis

13 April 2017 11:31

My guest in this week’s Spectator Books Podcast is Rob Newman. Listeners of a certain age (ie mine) will remember…

Listen: Pulitzer Prize winner Hisham Matar discusses The Return

11 April 2017 10:50

Back in October, I spoke to Hisham Matar — who has just won the Pulitzer Prize for Biography/Autobiography — about his book The…

Fashion is about change – and British Vogue’s first male editor is exactly that

10 April 2017 13:51

After months of speculation, Alexandra Shulman’s successor at British Vogue has finally been announced. And in what may come as a shock…

Spectator competition winners: Coleridge’s wedding guest

9 April 2017 8:06

The call for a response from Coleridge’s Wedding-Guest attracted a bumper entry with lots of clever nods to his ballad…

Pepsi’s advert gives protesters exactly what they want: another opportunity to protest

6 April 2017 15:22

No sooner had Pepsi skooshed open its latest ad campaign, the internet burped it back up.  The soft drink giant’s…

Books Podcast: The joy of indexes

6 April 2017 11:29

On this week’s Books Podcast, I’m joined by the scholar Dennis Duncan to talk about a subject that’s very dear…

How Shanghai is becoming the new Hollywood

5 April 2017 17:38

I was sweating on a treadmill in my local gym last week, when Scott Eastwood, son of Clint, appeared on…

The curious incident of Cambridge’s Latin graffiti

5 April 2017 9:36

A weird one, this. Yesterday, a short walk away from me in Chesterton, Cambridge, an enigmatic threat appeared in three-foot-high…

Both sides are missing the point in the row over Dana Schutz’s painting

3 April 2017 15:00

‘Let the people see what I have seen’, said the mother of Emmett Till. In 1955 her son, a 14-year-old…

Spectator competition winners: Literary April Fools

2 April 2017 15:16

The latest competition invited you to dream up an April Fool disguised as a serious news feature that contains a…

How it feels to get a bad review in The Spectator

1 April 2017 10:00

It is delightful to be writing for a magazine I’ve read, man and boy, since I was 15. Such is…

Books Podcast: Charlotte Rampling

30 March 2017 10:25

A few years ago, Charlotte Rampling signed a contract to write her autobiography – and then, the project not long…

The last thing Brexit needs is support from an ageing Sex Pistol

28 March 2017 15:55

John Lydon – aka Johnny Rotten, the former Sex Pistols front man –  has voiced support for Brexit, and some seem…

David Storey, 1933 – 2017: Britain’s great post-war novelist

27 March 2017 17:30

Britain’s greatest post-war novelist is reported as having died today, at the age of 83. It seems a rather extravagant…

Spectator competition winners: an A-to-P of poetry

25 March 2017 15:00

The latest competition — asking for a poem of 16 lines in which the lines begin with the letters of…

An original and brilliant show: Loudon Wainwright III at Leicester Square Theatre reviewed

24 March 2017 17:03

Loudon Wainwright III: Surviving Twin Leicester Square Theatre Even by the standards of his fellow confessional singer-songwriters who emerged alongside…

Books Podcast: Machiavelli’s lifelong quest for freedom

23 March 2017 10:45

In this week’s Books Podcast I talk to Erica Benner about her new Life of Machiavelli, Be Like The Fox.…

Why wasn’t Chuck Berry eulogised as much as David Bowie? I think I know…

21 March 2017 10:43

Belatedly, goodnight to Chuck Berry. Almost everything that has been worthwhile in rock music for 60-odd years has derived from…

Spectator competition winners: the Gettysburg Address as it might have been given by Donald Trump

20 March 2017 18:00

The latest challenge asked for a version of the Gettysburg Address as it might have been given by a prominent…

Assayas’ Personal Shopper is slick, unnecessarily complex and totally irrelevant

16 March 2017 16:18

Creaking doors, rustling leaves and leaky taps make up the soundtrack of Olivier Assayas’ improbable horror film Personal Shopper. But…