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Books Podcast: The art of the political speech

26 October 2017 14:11

In this week’s Books Podcast I’m talking to the Times columnist and former speechwriter for Tony Blair, Philip Collins, about…

Spectator competition winners: Lady Macbeth’s recipe for wedded bliss

22 October 2017 9:45

In what proved to be a popular comp, you were invited to submit the formula for a successful marriage courtesy…

Books Podcast: Claire Tomalin

19 October 2017 17:40

In this week’s Books Podcast I talk to the incomparable Claire Tomalin — veteran literary editor, biographer of Mary Wollstonecraft,…

How Sean Hughes (1965-2017) transformed comedy

17 October 2017 14:34

Not many people can say they’ve transformed an entire art form, but Sean Hughes, who died yesterday, aged 51, did…

The Weinstein affair has exposed Hollywood’s culture. Let’s boycott it

16 October 2017 14:17

Oh, the glorious hypocrisy of it all – the dozens of actresses, UN goodwill ambassadors among them, who have come…

Spectator competition winners: record-breaking limericks

15 October 2017 9:45

The latest competition called for limericks describing a feat worthy of inclusion in Guinness World Records. This assignment was a…

We need to start telling the image censors to back off

13 October 2017 11:14

Almost two and a half years ago, feminists called on Transport for London to remove adverts of a scantily-clad Australian…

Books Podcast: Alan Hollinghurst

12 October 2017 12:49

In this week’s Books podcast I’m joined by Alan Hollinghurst, the Man Booker prizewinning author of The Line of Beauty…

I’m never happier than when an arts show on TV is cancelled

11 October 2017 14:34

I am, to paraphrase myself, ‘a freethinking middle aged rock ‘n’ roller, still on the toilet circuit hoping it’s a…

Spectator competition winners: The Little Books of Flogge, Brygge, Chugge and Slugge

8 October 2017 9:45

The latest competition invited you to take your lead from Meik Wiking — CEO at the Happiness Research Institute and…

In preserving its heritage gaming is maturing as an art form

6 October 2017 15:57

Want to feel like a kid again? Now, if you’re of a certain age, inclination and fortune, you can. Last…

Books Podcast: The age of decadence

5 October 2017 16:43

In this week’s Books podcast, my guest is the journalist and historian Simon Heffer, author of the magisterial new The Age of…

Burma, Kipling, Sinatra and Boris – the anatomy of a non-scandal

1 October 2017 16:53

I’m an admirer of Brian Cox so I was struck by a tweet of his yesterday, where he seemed to…

Spectator competition winners: Sonnets containing household tips

1 October 2017 9:30

The latest challenge, to compose sonnets containing household tips, saw you on sparkling form and there were plenty of stylish,…

Why artists should stay off Question Time

26 September 2017 11:51

Do you have to be a boring lefty to enjoy the films of Ken Loach? The reason I ask is,…

Books Podcast: Stalin’s war on Ukraine

21 September 2017 14:53

In this week’s Books Podcast I talk to the Pulitzer Prize winning historian (and former Spectator deputy editor) Anne Applebaum…

Scotland’s artist-activists are the country’s truly sinister nationalists

21 September 2017 9:16

The SNP’s Fiona Hyslop is not an obvious candidate to lead a cultural revolution. The Scottish Government’s Cabinet Secretary for…

Spectator competition winners: Big Ben’s bongs

17 September 2017 9:45

For the latest competition you were asked to compose poems about Big Ben’s bongs. The decision to remove the 13-tonne…

Books Podcast: How not to be a boy

14 September 2017 13:02

In this week’s Books podcast, my guest is the comedian and writer Robert Webb — whose moving and funny new…

What our critics thought of the books on the Man Booker shortlist

13 September 2017 16:39

The Man Booker shortlist is out. My colleague Philip Hensher isn’t convinced. He today tweeted ‘Booker shortlist – McGregor, Z…

Man Booker Prize 2017: Fiona Mozley’s debut novel is an old-fashioned portrayal of gender privilege

13 September 2017 16:26

Elmet by Fiona Mozley John Murray, £10.99, pp. 311 Daniel and his big sister, Cathy, do not go to school.…

Pragmatic women have cross-dressed throughout history – but it doesn’t make them transgender

13 September 2017 11:28

Women passing as men is a well-documented manoeuvre that goes back centuries. The history stretches from the legend of Hua…

Sir Peter Hall (1930–2017) on Harold Pinter, actors and making love

12 September 2017 10:48

Sir Peter Hall has died at the age of 86. He spoke to The Spectator in 2009: Even at 78 and…

The Last Night of the Proms is still an exceptional British party

11 September 2017 13:01

Wouldn’t you just know it: there’s another row about Last Night of the Proms. Apparently the Scots in their open air…

Spectator competition winners: Alex Salmond woos Nicola Sturgeon (but she’s only got eyes for M. Macron)

10 September 2017 9:30

The latest challenge called for love poems written by one contemporary politician to another. Virginia Price Evans, writing on behalf…