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1711 and all that: the untold story of The Spectator

1 March 2019 20:44

The first edition of the first Spectator was published 308 years ago today. I recently found a copy in a…

Spectator Books: how angels have changed through history

27 February 2019 18:03

In this week’s Spectator Books I’m talking to Peter Stanford, author of Angels: A Visible and Invisible History. Why is…

Bohemian Rhapsody’s Oscars win is a triumph over snobby film critics

26 February 2019 15:17

Midway through Bohemian Rhapsody, the big screen biopic about legendary Queen frontman Freddie Mercury that won four Oscars on Sunday,…

Spectator competition winners: poems about struggling to write a poem

23 February 2019 9:30

The call for poems about the difficulty of writing a poem attracted a far-larger-than-usual entry. A.H. Harker’s punchy couplet caught…

The diversity agenda is killing cinema

22 February 2019 19:01

The film world is atoning for its crimes against diversity. On screen, strong women are supplanting Disney princesses. Superheroes, once…

Books Podcast: how climate change will transform geopolitics as we know it

20 February 2019 17:54

In this week’s Spectator Books, I’m talking to the American journalist David Wallace-Wells about his new book The Uninhabitable Earth:…

Spectator competition winners: in dispraise of Valentine’s Day

15 February 2019 17:24

The invitation to submit poems in dispraise of Valentine’s Day certainly struck a chord, drawing a large and heartfelt entry…

Books Podcast: Deborah Lipstadt on anti-Semitism and what you can and can’t say about Israel

13 February 2019 17:12

In this week’s books podcast, I’m joined by Deborah Lipstadt — the historian who herself made a piece of history…

Spectator competition winners: breaking up is hard to do

11 February 2019 14:51

The invitation to competitors to write a poem entitled ‘Breaking up is hard to do’ produced an inventive, accomplished entry…

Books Podcast: how has Royal reporting changed since Diana?

7 February 2019 11:50

In this week’s books podcast I’m joined from Los Angeles by Andrew Morton — the Royal writer who scooped the…

Spectator competition winners: it started with a tweet…

3 February 2019 9:30

For the latest challenge you were asked to submit a poem or a short story that begins ‘It started with…

Books Podcast: is it time to stop working?

30 January 2019 18:35

In this week’s books podcast I’m joined by Josh Cohen, author of the Not Working: Why We Have To Stop…

Vanity and fake news lie behind Simon Rattle’s new concert hall plan

28 January 2019 16:41

Like Theresa May with her thrice-spurned deal, the London Symphony Orchestra is pressing ahead with plans for a concert hall…

Spectator competition winners: how to be happy

28 January 2019 14:00

The latest challenge was to write a poem taking as your first line ‘Happy the man, and happy he alone’,…

Books Podcast: what modern Bibles get wrong

23 January 2019 17:12

In this week’s books podcast, my guest is Robert Alter – who has just published the fruits of decades of…

Spectator competition winners: The Parable of the Faithful Servant as P.G. Wodehouse would have written it

20 January 2019 9:30

The call to supply a parable rewritten in the style of a well-known author drew a lively and entertaining entry.…

Books Podcast: why did Sweden cover up incidences of mass sexual assault?

17 January 2019 11:16

What do you think of when you think of Sweden? If, like me, the very name conjures fuzzy ideas of…

Roma is being celebrated for all the wrong reasons, writes Slavoj Žižek

14 January 2019 12:10

My first viewing of Roma left me with a bitter taste: yes, the majority of critics are right in celebrating it…

Spectator competition winners: ‘O Walkman! O Walkman!’

13 January 2019 9:17

The most recent challenge, suggested by Paul A. Freeman, asked for an elegy on a piece of obsolete technology. There’s…

Books Podcast: Jonathan Ames – from memoirs to graphic novels

9 January 2019 18:54

In this week’s book’s podcast my guest is Jonathan Ames, a writer who has produced everything from memoir (Adventures of…