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Spectator competition winners: ‘I love Big Brexit’ – Orwellian short stories

29 February 2020 9:30

To mark the 70th anniversary of George Orwell’s death, you were invited to submit a short story with an Orwellian…

The Book Club podcast: why 42 is the answer to Life, the Universe and Everything

26 February 2020 21:54

Don’t Panic! Next month marks the 42nd anniversary of the first radio broadcast of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.…

Spectator competition winners: the world’s worst lonely hearts ads

22 February 2020 9:30

The latest competition called for lonely hearts ads guaranteed to send those looking for love running in the opposite direction.…

Oxford is in danger of making an epic mistake

20 February 2020 18:44

Sparks are flying across Oxford quads: an alarming proposal is afoot to make the study of Homer and Virgil, the…

The Book Club podcast: are conservatives doomed?

19 February 2020 22:16

This week my guest on the Book Club podcast is the journalist Ed West, whose new book Small Men On…

Spectator competition winners: ‘I love big BoJo’: Winston Smith applies for a job at No. 10

16 February 2020 9:30

The latest competition asked for application letters for a job at No. 10 from a fictional character of your choice.…

Stoppard is right. Jews are different, they think differently and they remain different down to the nth generation

14 February 2020 17:46

Leopoldstadt is to Vienna as the East End is to London and the Lower East Side to New York, an…

The Book Club podcast: does sex matter?

12 February 2020 17:57

My guest in this week’s Book Club podcast is Olivia Fane — who argues in her new book Why Sex Doesn’t…

Spectator competition winners: T.S. Eliot’s cats get to grips with the 21st century

9 February 2020 7:55

The latest competition asked for poems featuring one of T.S. Eliot’s practical cats getting to grips with the modern world.…

The Book Club podcast: did Churchill’s cook help him win the war?

5 February 2020 18:34

This week’s Book Club stars the food historian and broadcaster Annie Gray, whose new book Victory In The Kitchen excavates the…

Spectator competition winners: ‘It was the best of pies, it was the worst of pies’: famous authors on food

2 February 2020 9:30

Your latest challenge was to provide a passage about food written in the style of a well-known author. One of…

The Book Club podcast: is race a fiction?

29 January 2020 18:04

In this week’s podcast, I’m joined by two writers to talk about the perennially fraught issue of race. There’s a…

Spectator competition winners: The Joy of Waterboiling and Noah Gets Naked

26 January 2020 9:30

Your latest challenge was to submit an extract from one of the following books: Noah Gets Naked: Bible Stories They…

The Book Club podcast: how writing is like sleeping

22 January 2020 19:01

In this week’s Book Club podcast, my guest is the novelist Samantha Harvey, whose new book — The Shapeless Unease:…

Spectator competition winners: Adlestrop revisited (Yes. I remember Germolene…)

20 January 2020 12:08

The latest challenge, to submit a poem beginning ‘Yes. I remember…’, was suggested by a reader who was very taken…

The Book Club podcast: Francesca Wade on the women of Mecklenburgh Square

15 January 2020 18:55

My guest on this week’s Book Club podcast is Francesca Wade, whose fascinating first book Square Haunting tells the intersecting…

Spectator competition winners: Boris Johnson in trochaic tetrameter

12 January 2020 9:30

The latest challenge invited you to add to Sam Leith’s lines about Boris Johnson, written in the metre of Longfellow’s…

The Book Club podcast: what do T.S. Eliot’s letters reveal?

8 January 2020 18:10

In this week’s Book Club podcast, we’re talking about the life and loves of the greatest poet of the twentieth…

BBC’s A Christmas Carol was the victim of tub-thumping lefty politics

26 December 2019 16:19

‘People trust us,’ claimed Lord Hall, recently. But like a lot of what you hear from the BBC these days…

Spectator competition winners: ’Twas the night before Brexit…

22 December 2019 9:28

This year’s Christmas challenge was to compose a poem entitled ‘’Twas the Night Before Brexit’. That seasonal classic ‘A Visit…