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In defence of Katie Price

12 February 2018 15:22

What do we talk about when we talk about Jordan? Not the country, or the river, or the cultural commentator…

Spectator competition winners: Laureates past on the engagement of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

11 February 2018 9:30

The latest challenge asked for a poem written by a poet laureate present or past on the engagement of Prince…

Books Podcast: The Minister and the Murderer

8 February 2018 15:48

My guest on this week’s books podcast is the author and critic Stuart Kelly. His new book, The Minister and the…

The Today programme has become Woman’s Hour

6 February 2018 11:44

Anniversaries are very interesting, of course, but all the same I think a news programme ought to revolve around, well,…

The trouble with mobs

5 February 2018 16:39

If you are lucky enough to get a ticket for Julius Caesar at London’s Bridge theatre, prepare to join the…

Spectator competition winners: When Donald Trump met W.S. Gilbert (‘I am the very model of a Very Stable Genius’)

4 February 2018 10:17

The latest competition was a nod to Donald Trump’s first year in office, and what better as a springboard than…

Books Podcast: Mohsin Hamid

1 February 2018 17:49

In this week’s books podcast I’m talking to the award-festooned writer Mohsin Hamid about his latest novel Exit West — touching on the…

The one where millennials don’t get Friends

29 January 2018 13:05

All progress is war on the past and millennials are particularly merciless combatants. The arrival of Friends on Netflix UK…

Spectator competition winners: ‘I met a traveller from an antique land’ – poems about passports

28 January 2018 9:30

The latest challenge was to provide a poem about passports. While the news that British passports issued after October of…

Books Podcast: The life and work of Muriel Spark

25 January 2018 14:59

This week’s books podcast celebrates the centenary of Muriel Spark. I’m joined by Alan Taylor (author of a new memoir…

Will white supremacy always haunt America?

25 January 2018 14:00

I found Ta-Nehisi Coates’ book We Were Eight Years in Power surprisingly engaging. It combines a calm, friendly voice with…

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…