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Spectator Books: How Britain Really Works

26 April 2018 18:07

In this week’s Books Podcast I’m joined by Stig Abell — editor of the Times Literary Supplement, sometime LBC talk radio host, former…

Will identity politics kill musical theatre?

26 April 2018 16:27

For months now, since I first read about the plans for the Steven Spielberg/Tony Kushner remake of West Side Story,…

Timid, ponderous, confused: Gillian Wearing’s statue of Millicent Fawcett is embarrassing

25 April 2018 12:35

The first thing you notice is the frumpy tweed overcoat. Realistic bobbling. Fussy check. Bit pedantic, bit GCSE. Then the…

Spectator competition winners: the facts of life according to Dumbledore

22 April 2018 11:55

The call for lessons in the facts of life courtesy of a well-known character in fiction sent many of you…

How dumb is this list of ‘Top Twenty Books By Women That Changed The World’?

20 April 2018 12:03

It always seems to be the way that when attempts are made to promote the life of the mind, they…

Spectator Books: the pleasures and perils of translation

19 April 2018 13:59

In this week’s books podcast, we’re using the occasion of the Man Booker International Prize shortlist to talk about the…

Spectator competition winners: the spying game

15 April 2018 9:30

The latest competition asked for a short story inspired by the Salisbury poisonings. Ian McEwan, a writer who is fascinated…

Spectator Books: Ultima

12 April 2018 17:32

In this week’s Books Podcast, I’m talking to the historian Lisa Hilton about the latest in her series of what…

Internships at The Spectator for summer 2018; no CVs, please

11 April 2018 17:52

Since we abolished CVs for The Spectator’s internship scheme, it has acquired quite a reputation. There are fewer than two dozen journalists…

Quentin Letts isn’t racist – our theatrical culture, which hands out jobs on the basis of racial profiling, is

9 April 2018 18:36

Oh my goodness. Quentin Letts is ‘a racist’ apparently . It says so on Twitter. In his review of the…

Composers should be incensed that their music is taking a back seat to their race or gender

9 April 2018 13:35

The slow but certain conquest of all public life by those promulgating the politics of identity has achieved a new…

Spectator competition winners: Hollywood ‘Jabberwocky’ (‘Twas Downey, and the Harrelsons/ Did Cruise and Walken in the Pitt…’)

8 April 2018 9:30

For the latest challenge, inspired by the American parodist Frank Jacobs’s 1975 version of ‘Jabberwocky’, ‘As If Lewis Carroll Were…

Isle of Dogs is a sexist disgrace

4 April 2018 12:30

Over the rainy bank holiday weekend, I decided I would go to see what I assumed was a ‘feel good’…

Spectator competition winners: The ballad of Mar-a-Lago

1 April 2018 9:45

This week’s challenge marks the centenary this year of the birth of Muriel Spark. ‘I still take a poetic view…

Civilisations isn’t ‘dumbed down’ – it’s too intellectual

30 March 2018 9:00

I have been faithfully watching Civilisations. It is not at all dumbed down. Indeed, the series suffers from the opposite fault.…

The weird world of the hapax legomenon

29 March 2018 17:15

Today is National Indexing Day (#indexday) – at least according to the UK’s Society of Indexers. ‘Celebrating book indexes, indexers,…

Books Podcast: Waiting for the Last Bus

29 March 2018 14:16

In this week’s Books Podcast, I’m talking to Richard Holloway about his new book Waiting For The Last Bus. Richard is…

Spectator competition winners: averse to verse

25 March 2018 9:30

For the latest challenge you were asked to come up with poems against poets or poetry. Plato started it, of…

Books Podcast: Gimson’s Prime Ministers

22 March 2018 18:18

In this week’s Books Podcast, I’m joined by the Telegraph’s former parliamentary sketch writer Andrew Gimson, and the Guardian cartoonist…

Spectator competition winners: a life in three words

18 March 2018 9:30

The latest challenge was inspired by Elizabeth Gilbert’s phenomenally successful memoir Eat, Pray, Love. Competitors were invited to choose a…

Books Podcast: St Paul, the biography

15 March 2018 16:11

In this week’s Books Podcast, I’m talking to N. T. Wright, one of the world’s foremost scholars of the theology…

Nope, I’m not nostalgic for the NME

14 March 2018 11:24

It’s no secret that my career isn’t quite what it was (lucky I’m rich!) so imagine my feeling of glee…

Our verdict on this year’s Man Booker International Prize longlist

12 March 2018 15:49

The longlist for the Man Booker International Prize for fiction – judged by a very impressive panel headed by Lisa…

Spectator competition winners: sequels to a six-word story

11 March 2018 9:30

The latest assignment was to provide a (longer) sequel to the six-word story ‘For sale: baby shoes, never worn’. Long…

Bring back our bitchy celebs!

9 March 2018 14:45

You would have to be quite odd not to approve of the sudden surge of solidarity amongst Hollywood stars of…