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Schama, Uglow and Applebaum among the longlisted authors for the Baillie Gifford

8 September 2017 13:12

The Baillie Gifford longlist – consisting of contenders for the country’s most prestigious nonfiction prize – is out today. A…

Books podcast: A N Wilson

7 September 2017 11:58

A N Wilson’s new biography of Darwin was acclaimed in these pages by Robert Douglas-Fairhurst for having a ‘scientist’s forensic…

Spectator competition winners: is August the cruellest month?

3 September 2017 9:54

The latest competition invited poems in praise or dispraise of August. There was a whiff of collusion about the entry…

Books Podcast: World Book Club’s 15th birthday

31 August 2017 12:54

This week, in the books podcast, I talk to Harriett Gilbert – who has a good claim to be the…

Game of Thrones bungles the execution of its last great villain

28 August 2017 15:40

Another season of Game of Thrones is over, and nobody knows when it will return. After a run of seven…

Spectator competition winners: Donald Trump’s ‘The Book of Moron’

27 August 2017 14:09

The idea for the latest competition came courtesy of Steven Joseph, who suggested that I invite competitors to change a…

Books Podcast: Clive James

24 August 2017 12:59

In this week’s Books podcast I speak to Clive James. Since he was diagnosed with leukaemia, Clive has been as…

Action soars but acting plummets on Game of Thrones

21 August 2017 16:50

The penultimate episode of a season of Game of Thrones is usually the point where something spectacularly game changing happens.…

Taylor Swift’s sexual assault case reveals feminism’s guilty secret

21 August 2017 16:01

Despite Taylor Swift’s aspiration that her sexual assault trial last week should stand as an example for all women, what’s…

Spectator competition winners: in praise of Jean-Claude Juncker, Donald Trump and Jacob Rees-Mogg

20 August 2017 9:45

The invitation to submit a disgustingly flattering poem in heroic couplets in praise of a contemporary person of power saw…

Books Podcast: Robert Lowell’s centenary

17 August 2017 12:55

For this week’s podcast, in celebration of Robert Lowell’s centenary year, I’m joined by the critic and writer Jonathan Raban…

The Garden Bridge was the definition of a folly

15 August 2017 15:32

Dry your eyes, Joanna Lumley, and try to move on. For the Garden Bridge was doomed from the start. Sure,…

Daenerys Targaryen has become the Donald Trump of Game of Thrones

14 August 2017 16:36

If he takes a break from the 24-hour feed of Fox News and switches over to HBO in time to…

Spectator competition winners: reader, I ate him: literary classics/horror mash-ups

13 August 2017 9:45

The latest comp, which called for extracts from a mash-up of a literary classic of your choice and horror fiction,…

Geoff Dyer: How I write

13 August 2017 8:00

In the sixth form we’d get assigned essays to be written over the Christmas holidays. I always did these right…

Irvine Welsh: How I write

12 August 2017 10:00

If you are a writer of my disposition you tend to grasp any opportunity for self–sabotage and distraction. So here’s…

Susan Hill: How I write

12 August 2017 8:00

Of course I began with pen and ink and paper, and paper was expensive in terms of pocket money, so…

Books Podcast: The art of the sequel

11 August 2017 13:48

We live in an age when sequels to, and re-imaginings of, the classics, seem to be a larger part of…

Game of Thrones has its first winner: Bronn

7 August 2017 17:39

For the third episode in a row, Game of Thrones has devoted its final act to the sort of blockbuster…

Spectator competition winners: Ode on a potato peeler

5 August 2017 9:45

The idea for the latest challenge, to submit a poem about a domestic object, came to me when reading about…

Books Podcast: Harry Potter’s 20th anniversary

3 August 2017 16:29

This summer saw 20 years since the publication of the first Harry Potter novel. Love them or hate them, the…

Game of Thrones? More like a game of Risk

31 July 2017 17:19

Risk, the classic strategy board game, involves the careless deployment of tiny figurines across the continents of the world, with…

Spectator competition winners: starting over with Hemingway, Joyce, Hardy – and Dan Brown

30 July 2017 9:45

The latest challenge was to take the last line of a well-known novel and make it the first line of…

Books Podcast: Is monogamy dead?

27 July 2017 16:35

This week’s Books Podcast is all about love. Can we have too much of it? How long does it last?…

Our thoughts on the Man Booker’s longlist

27 July 2017 12:25

This year’s Man Booker longlist is a good one, I think. Lots of variety; big names and small ones; and…