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What next for contemporary art auctions?

18 January 2018 17:33

With auction houses in the news following record-breaking sales, I sat down with Ralph Taylor, Global Head of Post-War and…

Books Podcast: 200 years of Frankenstein

18 January 2018 13:17

It LIVES! This week’s books podcast honours the bicentenary of the publication of Frankenstein. To cut through all those high…

The Bayeux Tapestry is coming home at last

17 January 2018 10:14

The Entente Cordiale is alive and well, it seems. It was announced today that, thanks to the benevolence of Emmanuel Macron,…

Spectator competition winners: ‘Of January wary be!’ (plus: a presidential patter song)

15 January 2018 18:15

In the brief for the latest challenge — to submit poems entitled ‘January’ — I mentioned William Carlos Williams, R.S.…

Books Podcast: What really causes depression?

12 January 2018 10:56

In this week’s Spectator Books podcast — arranged in partnership with the male suicide prevention charity CALM — I talk…

An Oprah Winfrey bid for the White House should trouble Trump

9 January 2018 10:39

Will the Trump presidency be replaced by the Winfrey one? The hunt is on for a celebrity to take on…

In test cricket, there’s no place like home

8 January 2018 11:26

It has been a pretty ghastly winter and the best that may be said of it is that by far…

Spotted: a right-wing comedian on the BBC

6 January 2018 19:29

I just exulted to my wife that Simon Evans had been on Radio Four’s The News Quiz. He’s a very…

Ann Widdecombe is the feminist hero we need right now

4 January 2018 13:31

Britain has a new feminist hero. She’s a diminutive, eye-rolling force of nature. A BS-deflecting defender of the right and…

John Murray announces new prize for non-fiction in association with The Spectator

3 January 2018 16:57

John Murray – the publisher of Byron, Goethe, Jane Austen and Charles Darwin, inter alia – turns 250 this year.…

Sarah Vine: My most convincing ghost story

24 December 2017 12:00

I’ve seen a few spectres in my life, the most recent last year, just before New Year’s Eve. We were…

Why I am convinced of the supernatural

23 December 2017 15:00

A friend bought a new small terraced house of late Victorian origin in a northern city. She liked it; it…

Jilly Cooper: My grandfather’s haunting ghost tale

22 December 2017 15:00

Early in the 20th century, my grandfather, William Sallitt, was returning home to his house in Ilkley along a long,…

Prue Leith: My convincing ghost story

20 December 2017 15:00

My first husband, the writer Rayne Kruger, was friendly with Lord Armstrong, who owned Bamburgh Castle. In the 1950s, when…

The photograph that filled me with terror

20 December 2017 15:00

This time last year, in a review for The Spectator of two books on extraterrestrial life, I mentioned how, as…

The time I was convinced I heard a ghost

19 December 2017 14:00

I have never really believed in ghosts, but I actually had a personal experience which I still find hard to…

Books Podcast: The year in strange facts

14 December 2017 14:21

This week’s Books Podcast — the last before the Christmas break — sees the Spectator’s office flooded with elves. The…

Books Podcast: How totalitarianism reclaimed Russia

7 December 2017 13:40

In this week’s Spectator Books Podcast, I’m talking to Russia’s most prominent dissident journalist, Masha Gessen, about her National Book…

Spectator competition winners: Foggily-froggily/ Michel B. Barnier…: topical double dactyls

3 December 2017 9:45

The latest competition, a wildly popular one, invited you to compose topical double dactyls. The double dactyl was dreamed up…

Books Podcast: Richard Flanagan

30 November 2017 12:51

This week in the books podcast I’m talking to Richard Flanagan, the Man Booker prize winning author of Gould’s Book of…

How the music of Bach can teach us how to die

28 November 2017 15:35

Imagine if we had access to over a hundred Shakespeare plays in which the Bard was at or near the…

Inviting Jansons to the Barbican was like pouring vintage Pol Roger into a throwaway plastic cup

28 November 2017 11:14

Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra / Mariss Jansons Barbican NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover / Andrew Manze Symphony Hall At the end of…

Spectator competition winners: Our Dawkins, who art in Oxford: Lord’s Prayers for the 21st century

26 November 2017 9:10

The latest competition, to submit a Lord’s Prayer for the 21st century, drew a smallish but pleasingly varied entry. One…

Books Podcast: Can Anna Karenina save your life?

23 November 2017 16:09

My guest this week is the comedienne and writer Viv Groskop, and our subject is the greats of 19th- and…

The Louvre Abu Dhabi: the best – and worst – of globalisation

20 November 2017 17:19

The headlines announcing the opening of the dome-shaped Louvre Abu Dhabi are a cornucopia of superlatives. ‘Spectacular palace of culture…