Books

It’s about time a man won the Booker again

15 October 2014 11:55

I bet fifty quid on Howard Jacobson winning the Man Booker. My original bet was actually on a ‘Yes’ vote below 40…

Why you should never meet your heroes

14 October 2014 15:41

As we become steadily accustomed to life in the Age of Celebrity, it’s become a truth that, as Mark Mason…

Why are sports biographies treated differently to other works?

13 October 2014 13:18

Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap has been running in London theatres for 62 years straight – a period that spans more than…

Will Self is wrong (again): online reading isn’t negligent reading

8 October 2014 12:39

Dim the lights, half-muffle the bells, replace your Hatchard’s bookmark with a strip of black crepe: the novel is dead.…

The Disappearance of Michel Houellebecq: French chin-stroking at its very best

23 September 2014 14:59

Just when you thought Bernard-Henri Lévy had taken a chin-stroking national stereotype as far as it could possibly go, you…

A No vote will create a schism between the voters of Scotland and its artists and writers

18 September 2014 10:37

With the Scottish independence referendum drawing closer, two Newsweek Europe magazine correspondents and friends – Finlay Young (Scotsman), and Simon…

Let me introduce you to ‘sick chick lit’

17 September 2014 18:27

Chick lit has its place. On long-haul flights, for example, when you’re a bit pissed and bored with the films on…

The Man Booker hoicks itself back on to the plinth of respectability with this shortlist

9 September 2014 18:18

Remember when the Man Booker prize was as reputable as the Queen? When it served as the nation’s literary oracle?…

Is it really imaginable that the British people could rise up against the Jews?

9 September 2014 12:16

Howard Jacobsen’s J has been shortlisted for the 2014 Booker Prize today: At first sight, J represents a significant departure for Howard Jacobson. It’s…

Will Self is in no position to criticise George Orwell

8 September 2014 13:33

In The Mating Season, P.G. Wodehouse – perhaps George Orwell’s only rival as the century’s greatest English writer – puts…

Why boys love Jane Austen

2 September 2014 12:36

When I first read Jane Austen I had an ulterior motive. I wanted to impress a girl who read her.…

Owen Jones: ‘Our generation’s Orwell’?

19 August 2014 15:34

Calling in a favour from a comrade to help flog your new book is hardly a new trick, but Mr…

What has Hezbollah’s Secretary General been reading this summer?

8 August 2014 18:09

In Britain we seem to be obsessed by what our politicians are reading this summer. It tells us, so we…

How to ruin a country – the belligerent life of ‘Kaiser Bill’

3 August 2014 9:00

Wilhelm II: Into the Abyss of War and Exile, 1900–1941 John C.G. Röhl, translated by Sheila de Bellaigue and Roy Bridge…

Nadine Gordimer, 1923-2014

14 July 2014 20:43

Spectator reviewers over the years have had a difficult time with Nadine Gordimer’s books. Gordimer (1923 – 2014), who won…

The mindlessness of mindfulness

14 July 2014 16:12

I was at the Way with Words literary festival in Devon last week, reading from my new book. Afterwards I…

How to tell who’s really reading Thomas Piketty

11 July 2014 18:33

No one owns a Kindle for very long without becoming obsessed by its social highlighting feature: unless you go into…

A novel for men who don’t read novels

2 July 2014 8:30

Are you the sort of man – or is your man the sort of man – who’s always meaning to…

The book that turned me into Rod Liddle

27 June 2014 13:25

We all have what Andy Miller calls a ‘List of Betterment’: 50 or so books that, if read, would surely…

Rod Liddle: My run in with Yasmin Alibhai-Brown and Channel 4 News

20 June 2014 13:29

I thought you might enjoy watching this debate between me and two eminently sane, rational and balanced women. If you…