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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…

The return of the What’s That Thing? Award for bad public art

16 March 2017 16:00

Wouldn’t it be nice, in these divided times, for humanity to have a common enemy – preferably an inanimate one. Welcome to the What’s…