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The Book Club: Tom Holland on Christianity’s enduring influence

4 December 2019 20:50

In this week’s Book Club, my guest is the historian Tom Holland, author of the new book Dominion: The Making…

Spectator competition winners: ‘Toilets’ by T.S. Eliot (anagrammatic poems)

30 November 2019 9:30

The inspiration for the latest challenge — to rearrange the letters of the names of poets (e.g. Basho: ‘has B.O.’)…

The Book Club podcast: The Who’s Pete Townshend on his new novel

27 November 2019 18:38

My guest in this week’s Book Club is the rock musician, writer and sometime Faber editor Pete Townshend. Pete has…

The Book Club podcast: a conversation with Clive James

27 November 2019 16:48

Clive James is gone. What a great spirit, what a lively and curious mind, what an instinct for laughter we’ve…

Spectator competition winners: Jeremy Corbyn – the early years

24 November 2019 9:30

The call for the comically appalling first or final paragraph of the memoir of a well-known figure was one of…

Spectator Book Club: who was the poet Laurie Lee?

20 November 2019 17:56

I’m joined from beyond the grave on this week’s Spectator Book Club by the late Laurie Lee — to talk…

Spectator competition winners: Halloween/ Occurs between/ The end of October/ And the start of not being sober: calendrical clerihews

16 November 2019 9:30

Your latest challenge was to compose clerihews about any date in the calendar. I was very grateful recently to eagle-eyed…

The Book Club: a literary history of 20th century Britain

13 November 2019 18:39

In this week’s Spectator Book Club, my guest is Christopher Tugendhat, whose new book offers a refreshing and thought-provoking survey…

Spectator competition winners: ‘By Waterloo Station I sat down and…’

10 November 2019 9:30

The latest challenge called for a poem that begins ‘By Waterloo Station I sat down and…’. Some of you begged,…

Spectator Books: is meritocracy a trap?

6 November 2019 18:03

For this week’s books podcast, I’m joined by Daniel Markovits, the Guido Calabresi Professor of Law at Yale Law School.…

Spectator competition winners: ‘It’s no go the continent, it’s no go the Riviera…’ Poems about Thomas Cook

3 November 2019 9:30

The latest challenge, a mournful nod to the recently defunct 178-year-old travel company, called for poems about Thomas Cook. The…

The Books Podcast: the tragic self-destruction of the House of York

30 October 2019 12:50

In this week’s Spectator Books, I’m talking to the award-winning historian Thomas Penn about his new book The Brothers York:…

Spectator competition winners: 50 ways to leave the White House

27 October 2019 9:30

This week’s assignment was to write the lyrics to a song entitled ‘50 Ways to Leave the White House’. While…

Spectator Books: Greek myths, reimagined

23 October 2019 17:40

This week the Books Podcast leaves its dank burrow and hits the road. I travelled to the southern Peloponnese to…

Spectator competition winners: ‘Bloody men are like bloody rockets’: famous poets on the Apollo 11 moon landing

20 October 2019 9:30

For the latest competition you were invited to step into the shoes of well-known poets and give their reflections on…

Spectator Books: how fake news took over the world

16 October 2019 15:24

My guest in this week’s Spectator Books is Peter Pomerantsev. Peter lived in Moscow for a decade as a TV…

Spectator competition winners: poems about the yellowhammer

13 October 2019 9:30

For the latest competition you were invited to submit a poem about yellowhammers. This sparrow-sized songbird has inspired poetry from…

Spectator Books: the sisters who founded modern China

9 October 2019 14:49

In this week’s Spectator Books podcast my guest is Jung Chang — whose latest book is the gripping story of…

Spectator competition winners: monstrous short stories

6 October 2019 9:30

Your latest challenge, inspired by Joan Didion’s wonderful essay of that title, was to write a short story with the…

Spectator Books: who was Susan Sontag?

2 October 2019 18:38

My guest in this week’s books podcast is Benjamin Moser, author of an acclaimed new biography of one of America’s…