Books

The Spectator podcast: Donald Trump’s angry America

3 March 2016 8:37

In this week’s issue, Freddy Gray discusses Donald Trump’s success on Super Tuesday. America has been the world’s most benevolent…

Save me from this hipster bookshop

29 February 2016 12:06

My father used to own a rambling provincial bookshop. He was once asked to direct a customer to some esoterica. Peering over…

Remembering Harper Lee, 1926-2016

19 February 2016 16:18

The sad news of Harper Lee’s death at the age of 89 leaves one of modern literature’s great questions unanswered.…

Books will survive the age of the Kindle

26 December 2015 12:30

The Kindle doesn’t seem to be doing too well. According to Waterstones, sales of the e-reader have virtually disappeared, while…

Ted Hughes’s estate squares up to poet’s unauthorised biographer

14 October 2015 16:59

The row over Jonathan Bate’s unauthorised Life of Ted Hughes is hotting up. Professor Bate originally embarked on the book…

Read our verdict on the Man Booker Prize winner: A Brief History of Seven Killings, by Marlon James

14 October 2015 8:19

A Brief History of Seven Killings Marlon James One World, pp.686, £18.99, ISBN: 9781780745879 There are many more than seven…

Jonathan Meades on god, football and brutophilia – and why his memoir was 17 years late

25 September 2015 0:04

This is a transcript of a talk, ‘Composing the Past’, given by Jonathan Meades at the Assembly Rooms in Edinburgh…

In the footsteps of Marco Polo: the journey that changed William Dalrymple’s life

24 June 2015 17:23

This is the introduction to the 25th anniversary edition of William Dalrymple’s first book, In Xanadu: A Quest At the end of the…

If Cameron is deleting all No. 10 emails, who will write his history?

17 June 2015 12:01

This is an extract from Charles Moore’s Notes in this week’s Spectator, out tomorrow. Subscribe from just £1. In a few weeks, I…

We had so many books we had to hire a structural engineer to prevent us being buried

5 June 2015 17:28

My father Anthony Hobson, whose books are to be sold at Christie’s in two sales next week, claimed that the…

The Falling reviewed: a film of beauty and magic

24 April 2015 12:37

Long live the glockenspiel, that typically dull percussion stalwart usually relegated to primary school memories, along with humdrum gym classes…

Like all the best spiritual leaders, this diet theologian will leave you trembling

16 April 2015 17:19

Eat. Nourish. Glow., the healthy eating book currently number one in at least three Amazon categories, came to my attention…

George Gissing: the last great Victorian novelist?

23 March 2015 12:26

George Gissing’s The Whirlpool was originally published in 1897. In this shortened version of the foreword to the new Penguin Classics edition,…

George Osborne’s ex-dominatrix friend plans a sequel

26 February 2015 17:14

Oh dear. The Chancellor of the Exchequer is not going to be pleased. Natalie Rowe, the former dominatrix who enjoyed…

Middle-aged non-smoker for hire: Sebastian Faulks looks for work

12 February 2015 9:43

Sebastian Faulks has just finished work on his latest book, Where My Heart Used to Beat. Rather than go on…

Robert Harris: BBC’s books coverage is a ‘disgrace’

28 January 2015 9:41

Lord Hall will be glad that he didn’t attend last night’s Costa Book Awards. Robert Harris, who chaired this year’s judges, took…

The damning, shocking, depressing life of Jeremy Thorpe

5 January 2015 12:54

Jeremy Thorpe by Michael Bloch Little, Brown, pp.606, £25 The back story of Michael Bloch’s biography of Jeremy Thorpe is…

Forget genre: P.D. James wrote novels that are worth reading and re-reading

28 November 2014 13:22

P.D. James was the Queen Mother of crime fiction. Her career as a writer stretched over half a century, and…

P.D. James (1920 – 2014) on Jane Austen and the joys of great-grandparenting

27 November 2014 13:57

P.D. James died today at the age of 94. She was a great friend of The Spectator. Here is her diary…