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Spectator Books: Arnhem

17 May 2018 13:59

In this week’s Spectator Books, I talk to the military historian Antony Beevor about his latest book, Arnhem: The Battle for…

Is the comic novel dead?

16 May 2018 12:36

‘Not funny. Try Punch.’ This, unkindly, used to be the boilerplate rejection letter from Private Eye to those who submitted…

Spectator competition winners: would you give Oliver Cromwell a job?

13 May 2018 9:45

The latest challenge asked competitors to supply an imaginary testimonial for a high-profile figure that is superficially positive but contains…

Spectator Books: The Birth of the RAF

10 May 2018 16:38

In this week’s Spectator Books, I’m joined by the historian Richard Overy to talk about his new book The Birth…

Is Piers Morgan the only Catholic offended by the Met Gala?

9 May 2018 12:21

It will come as no surprise that something in the news has Piers Morgan deeply troubled. For the past two…

Catholic fashion is in vogue – but spare us the rosary beads!

8 May 2018 16:00

Which was your favourite outfit then, for the Met Gala on the theme of Heavenly Bodies – Catholicism and Fashion…

Spectator competition winners: poems back to front, and gutted

7 May 2018 14:26

The latest challenge asked you to compose a poem beginning with the last line of any well-known poem and ending…

Michelle Wolf’s speech exposed the hypocrisy of the press

4 May 2018 16:41

Writer and comedian Michelle Wolf has hit the headlines for her routine at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner on Saturday.…

Spectator Books: The Order of Time

3 May 2018 15:33

In this week’s Spectator Books, I’m talking to the brilliant Carlo Rovelli — who with the publication of his million-selling…

Spectator competition winners: euphemistically speaking

29 April 2018 9:45

The latest challenge asked for poems about euphemisms. You avoided politics and sex (mostly), preferring, like Monty Python’s Dead Parrot…

Kanye West won’t be the last celebrity to cross the left/right Rubicon in 2018 

27 April 2018 10:24

In a culture war you can’t be too picky about who your friends are, even less your celebrities. The stars never come…

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…